The EMDR Publications Members Database: Saves time, Reduces workload

31 March, 2023

The EMDR Publications Members Database: Saves time, Reduces workload.

This is how. 

Imagine you are asked to provide evidence to management for the use of EMDR in the treatment of OCD.


  1. Jiscmail or EMDR Forum request to colleagues who may respond with a paper they have read or personal experience, or you might be directed to Andrew Leeds’ research blog. The replies may take several days to arrive in your in box and you would have to filter out the responses that were helpful. 
  2. Google Scholar.  “EMDR OCD” produces around 6000 hits in 100 pages. It will take hours to search the output, weeding out duplicates, newsletters, citations, blogs, presentations and case reports in order to make a decision about what constitutes evidence. 
  3. The Francine Shapiro Library. “EMDR OCD” produces 82 results.  You will spend a significant amount of time sifting through the output for the real evidence amongst the presentations, conference announcements, personal opinions and actual reviews or trials. If you do find a reference that fits you may be able to access the abstract. 
  4. EMDR Publications Database. Clicking the “OCD” tag will produce 19 items. The search algorithm has already done the sifting work and the output is evidence that would be acceptable in a Cochrane review. There is no need to weed out duplicates, foreign language papers or conference flyers.  Abstracts are available for each item and links to full text articles if they are freely available. Citations can be exported directly in to a Word document and a bibliography can be created from the references.

Sounds like a no brainer. The instructions to access the database can be found Here  . It’s worth spending 30 minutes now to save hours later.

If you aren’t a member of the Association, and want to take advantage of this Database and many other member benefits, please go to to find out how to join the association.

Beverly Coghlan
Research Officer & Editor of EMDR Therapy Quarterly
EMDR Association UK