Francine Shapiro, PhD

PO Box 750, Watsonville, CA 95077
Tel: (831) 761-1040 Fax: (831) 761-1204


  • California licensed psychologist  (PSY12160)
  • Executive Director-EMDR Institute, Inc.
  • Founder and President Emeritus-EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs
  • Senior Research Fellow Emeritus-Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, California
  • Developed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing  (EMDR) therapy
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology-Professional School of Psychological Studies, San Diego, California
  • a.b.d. in English Literature-New York University


  • American Psychological Association Division 56 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology (2009)
  • State of Connecticut General Assembly Official Citation in recognition of the development of EMDR therapy (2008)
  • City of New Haven Board of Alderman Official Citation in recognition of the contribution of EMDR therapy
  •  International Sigmund Freud Award for Psychotherapy presented by the City of Vienna (2002) in conjunction with the World Council for Psychotherapy.
  • Humanitarian Assistance Award presented by the EMDR International Association (1996)
  • Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology Award presented by the California Psychological Association (1993)


  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Treatment Guidelines Committee
  • Complex Trauma Treatment Guidelines Taskforce (ISSTD/APA Division 56)
  • Board of Scientific & Professional Advisors-The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • Editorial Board of Journal of Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy
  • Editorial Board of Journal of Brief Therapy
  • Editorial Board of Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Editorial Board of Journal of American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Editorial Board of Journal of EMDR Practice and Research
  • Society for Psychotherapy Research
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration
  • Anxiety Disorders Association of America
  • California Psychological Association
  • EMDR International Association

Selected EMDR Invited Presentations

  • American Psychological Society Presidential Symposium on PTSD
  • Global Mental Health Briefing sponsored by UNITAR and NGO Forum for Health
  • The UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action
  • Duke University-Invited Grand Rounds
  • Langley Porter, UCSF-Invited Grand Rounds
  • UCSD-Invited Grand Rounds
  • Yale University-Invited Trauma Presentation
  • Stanford University-Invited Trauma Presentation
  • Boston University School of Medicine-Trauma Conference-Invited plenary
  • Harvard Medical School-Department of Continuing Education-Invited  workshop
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry-Invited workshop
  • European Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy-Keynote Address
  • Mount Sinai Hospital-Psychiatry Academic Day (Toronto, Canada)-Invited  plenary
  • American Psychological Association-Invited addresses
  • International Congress of Applied Psychology-Invited presentation
  • Italian Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy-Keynote Address
  • World Congress of Psychotherapy-Invited plenary
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies-Invited Master Clinician Presentation
  • Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy-Invited plenary
  • International Congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy-Invited workshops
  • Family Therapy Networker Conference-Invited workshop
  • Psychotherapy Networker Conference-Invited addresses
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists-Invited presentation
  • Eastern Regional Conference on Abuse and Multiple Personality-Invited workshop
  • Academy of Guided Imagery-Invited key note address
  • The 1st Pan-Pacific Brief Psychotherapy Conference (Kyushu, Japan)-Invite keynote and workshop
  • American Academy of Psychotherapists Conference-Invited  presentation
  • Torture and Trauma Survivors 5th Anniversary Conference (Stockholm)-Keynote address
  • Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference-Invited  presentations
  • The New Traumatology Conference-Invited presentation
  • Comprehensive Treatment Approaches for Adults with Childhood Trauma Histories-The Menninger Clinic-Invited plenary
  • Trauma, Loss & Dissociation Conference-Invited presentation
  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis-Keynote speaker
  • International Society for Study of Dissociation-Invited presentation
  • Harvard Trauma Conference-Invited plenary
  • Ericksonian Brief Therapy Conference-Invited presentation
  • 14th International Congress of Hypnosis-Invited Address
  • 9th International Conference-National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavior Medicine-Keynote address
  • EMDR International Association-Keynote Address
  • EMDR Europe Association-Keynote Address
  • EMDR Asia-Keynote Address
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health Community Substance Abuse Services-San Francisco Target Cities Project-Keynote Address
  • Lifespan Learning Institute-Understanding and Treating Trauma-Keynote Addresses
  • California Psychological Association-Invited Master Lecturer (presented in absentia)
  • State University of New York/New York State Office of Mental Health Trauma Conference-Keynote Address
  • Lindauer Psychotherapy Weeks-Germany-Invited workshop
  • Young Presidents’ Organization-Invited workshops
  • UC San Diego Conference on Cutting Edge Treatments-Invited plenary



Shapiro, F. (2018).  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy:  Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures (3rd edition).  New York:  Guilford Press.

Shapiro, F. (2001).  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing:  Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures (2nd edition).  New York:  Guilford Press.

Shapiro, F. (1995).  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing:  Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures.  New York:  Guilford Press.

Shapiro, F.  (Ed.) (2002). EMDR as an Integrative Psychotherapy Approach:  Experts of Diverse Orientations Explore the Paradigm Prism.  Wash., D.C.: American  Psychological Association Press.

Shapiro, F. (2006).  EMDR and new notes on adaptive information processing: Case formulation principles, scripts and worksheets. Camden, CT: EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs.

Shapiro, F. (2012). Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy. NY: Rodale.

Shapiro, F. & Forrest, M.S. (2016). EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma.  New York: BasicBooks.

Shapiro, F.,  Kaslow, F., & Maxfield, L., (Eds.) (2007).  Handbook of EMDR and Family Therapy Processes. New York: Wiley.

Solomon, M.F.,  Neborsky,  R.J.,  McCullough,  L.,  Alpert,  M.,  Shapiro,  F., & Malan,  D. (2001). Short-Term Therapy for Long-Term Change.  New York: Norton.


Adler-Tapia, R., Settle, C., & Shapiro, F. (2012). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy with children who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma. In P. Goodyear-Brown (Ed.) The handbook of child sexual abuse: Identification, assessment and treatment (pp. 229-250). Hoboken, NJ:  Wiley.

Brown, S., Stowasser, J.E., & Shapiro F. (2011). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): Mental health-substance use. In D.B. Cooper (Ed.) Intervention in Mental Health-Substance Use (pp. 165-193). Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing.

Leeds, A. M., & Shapiro, F. (2000). EMDR and Resource Installation: Principles and procedures for enhancing current functioning and resolving Traumatic experiences.  In J. Carlson & L. Sperry (Eds.), Brief Therapy Strategies with Individuals and Couples.  Phoenix, Az: Zeig/Tucker.

Levin, C., Shapiro, F., and Weakland, J.  (1996). When the past is present:  A conversation about EMDR and the MRI interactional   approach.  In M.F. Hoyt (Ed.).  Constructive Therapies Two. New York: Guilford Press.

Manfield, P. & Shapiro, F. (2003). The application of  EMDR to the treatment of personality disorders.  In J.F. Magnavita  (Ed.) Handbook of Personality: Theory and Practice. New York: Wiley

Shapiro, F.  (1993).  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing:  A new treatment for anxiety and related trauma.  In L. Hyer, (Ed.) Trauma Victim: Theoretical   Considerations and Practical Suggestions.  Muncie, IN:  Accelerated Development Press.

Shapiro, F. (1997).  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR):  Research and clinical significance.  In P. Gosselin and W. Matthews (Eds.)  Current thinking and research in brief therapy:  Solutions, strategies,  narratives.  New York:  Brunner Mazel.

Shapiro, F. (1998). Eye movement   desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): Historical context, recent research, and future directions.   In L. Vandercreek  & T. Jackson (Eds.)  Innovation’s in clinical practice: A source Book (Vol. 16).  Sarasota,  FL: Professional Resource  Press.

Shapiro, F. (2013). Redefining trauma and its hidden connections: Identifying and reprocessing the experiential contributors to a wide variety of disorders.  In M. Solomon & D.S. Siegel (Eds).  Healing moments in psychotherapy:  Mindful awareness, neural integration, and therapeutic presence.  NY: Norton.

Shapiro, F., & Lake, K. (2005). EMDR, In M. Hersen and J. Rosqvist (Eds.) Encyclopedia of behavior modification and cognitive behavior therapy, NY: Sage Publications.

Shapiro, F. & Laliotis, D. (2015). EMDR therapy for trauma-related disorders. In M. Cloitre & U. Schnyder (Eds.)  Evidence based treatments for trauma-related psychological disorders.  A practical guide for clinicians. NY: Springer.

Shapiro, F. & Maxfield, L. (2003).  EMDR and information processing in psychotherapy treatment:  Personal development and global implications.  In M. Solomon and D. Siegel  (Eds.) Healing trauma.  New York: Norton.

Shapiro, F.,  & Maxfield, L. (2002).  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing  (EMDR). In G. Zimmar,  M.  Hersen,  & W. Sledge (Eds.), Encyclopedia  of  psychotherapy.  New York: Academic Press.

Shapiro, F., Snyker, E, & Maxfield, L. (2002). Eye movement desensitization and  reprocessing (EMDR). In F. Kaslow  & T. Wilson (Eds.). Comprehensive   handbook  of  psychotherapy.  Hoboken, NJ:  Wiley.

Shapiro, F. & Solomon, R. M. (2010).  EMDR. In I. Weiner and W.E.Craighead (Eds.).  The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology (4th edition). Vol. 2 (pp. 629-632). Hoboken, NJ:  Wiley.

Shapiro, F. & Solomon, R. M. (2010).  EMDR. In G. Nardone & A Salvini (Eds.). International dictionary of psychotherapies. Rome, Italy: Garzanti Publishing

Shapiro, F. & Solomon, R. M. (1995).  Eye movement  desensitization and reprocessing:  Neurocognitive  information processing.  In G. Everley (Ed.) Innovation’s in disaster and trauma psychology.  Chevron Publishing:  Elliot City, MD.

Shapiro, F., & Solomon, R. (2017). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. N. Gold, J. M. Cook & C. J. Dalenberg (Eds.).  Handbook of Trauma Psychology: Vol. 2. Trauma Practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Shapiro, F., Wesselmann, D. & Mevissen, L. (2017). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR). In M.A. Landolt, M. Cloitre & U. Schnyder (Eds.) Evidence Based Treatments for Trauma-Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents. NY: Springer.

Solomon, R. & Shapiro, F. (1997).  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing:  An effective therapeutic tool for trauma and grief.  In C. Figley (Ed.) Death and trauma.  New York: Taylor & Francis.

Solomon, R. & Shapiro, F. (2012). EMDR and adaptive information processing: The development of resilience and coherence. In K.Gow & M. Celinski (Eds.), Trauma: Recovering from Deep Wounds and Exploring the Potential for Renewal.  New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Wesselmann, D. & Shapiro, F., (2013).  EMDR and the treatment of complex trauma in children and adolescents.  In J. Ford & C. Courtois (Eds.).  Treating complex traumatic stress disorders in children and adolescents.  New York:  Guilford Press.


Brown, S. & Shapiro, F. (2006).  EMDR in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 5, 403-420.

Gomez, A. & Shapiro, F. (2012).  EMDR therapy with children:  Journey into wholeness.  Child & Family Professional, 15, 20-30.

Hofmann, A., Fischer, G., Galley,  N. & Shapiro,  F. (1998).  EMDR: Memory reprocessing  and accelerated emotional  learning. European  Journal  of  Clinical  Hypnosis, 4, 206-213.

Landin-Romero, R. et al. (2013).  EMDR therapy modulates the default mode network in a subsyndromal, traumatized bipolar patient.  Neuropsychobiology, 67, 181-184.

Luber, M. & Shapiro, F. (2009). Interview with Francine Shapiro:  Future directions for EMDR. Journal of EMDR Science and Practice, 3, 217-31.

Madrid, A., Skolek, S., & Shapiro, F. (2006).  Repairing failures in bonding through EMDR. Clinical  Case Studies, 5, 271-286.

Ricci, R. J., Clayton, C. A., & Shapiro, F. (2006). Some effects of EMDR treatment with previously abused child molesters: Theoretical reviews and preliminary findings. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 17, 538 – 562.

Schneider, J., Hofmann, A., Rost, C., & Shapiro, F. (2008).  EMDR in the treatment of chronic phantom limb pain. Pain Medicine, 9, 76-82.

Schneider, J., Hofmann, A., Rost, C., & Shapiro, F. (2007).  EMDR and phantom limb pain: Case study, theoretical implications, and treatment guidelines. Journal of EMDR Science and Practice, 1,31-45.

Schnyder, U., Ehlers, A., Elbert, T., Foa, E., Gersons, B., Resick, P., Shapiro, F., & Cloitre, M. (2015). Psychotherapies for PTSD: what do they have in common?. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 6. doi:

Shapiro, F. (1989).  Efficacy of the eye movement  desensitization  procedure  in  the treatment  of traumatic  memories.  Journal of Traumatic  Stress, 2, 199-223.

Shapiro, F. (1989).  Eye movement   desensitization   procedure: A new treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.  Journal of  Behavior  Therapy and  Experimental  Psychiatry, 20, 211- 217.
[Received the JBTEP award for best article published in 1989].

Shapiro, F. (1990).  Eye movement  desensitization  procedure:  A new  treatment  for anxiety and related traumata.  California  Psychologist,   July,  18-19.

Shapiro, F. (1991).  Eye movement desensitization  & reprocessing procedure:  From EMD to EMD/R--a new treatment  model  for anxiety and related  traumata.   Behavior  Therapist, 14, 133-­135.

Shapiro, F. (1993).  Commentary:  The status of EMDR in 1992.  Journal of  Traumatic Stress, 6, 416-421.

Shapiro, F. (1994).  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing:  A new treatment  for trauma and  the whole person.  Treating Abuse Today, 4,  no. 1, 5-13;  no. 2, 12- 19.

Shapiro, F. (1994).  Alternative stimuli in the use of EMDR.  Journal of Behavior  Therapy  and Experimental  Psychiatry, 25, 89.

Shapiro, F. (1994).  EMDR: In the eye of a paradigm shift.  Behavior Therapist, 17, 153-158.

Shapiro, F. (1995).  Time to end the EMDR controversy.  Disaster and Trauma Currents, 4, 6-11.

Shapiro, F. (1995).  Doing our homework.  Family Therapy Networker,   September/October, 49.

Shapiro, F. (1996).  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR):  Evaluation of controlled  PTSD research.  Journal of Behavior  Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 27, 209-218.

Shapiro, F. (1996).  Errors of context and review of eye movement desensitization  and reprocessing research.  Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental  Psychiatry, 27, 313-317.

Shapiro, F. (1996).  EMDR:  The clinical   effects of accelerated information processing.  Advancing Practice, 1, 1-3.

Shapiro, F. (1996).  EMDR:  Adaptive information processing.  Independent  Practice, 16, 142-146.

Shapiro, F. (1996).  EMDR:  Clinical findings and accelerated information processing.  The Family Digest, 9, 1,8-9,12-13.

Shapiro, F. (1997).  EMDR: Setting the record straight. Contemporary Psychology ,  42, 363-364.

Shapiro, F. (1998).  Eye movement   desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR):  Accelerated information processing and affect-driven constructions.   Crisis Intervention and Time-Limited Treatment, 4, 145-157.

Shapiro, F. (1999). Eye movement   desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR):  Clinical  and  research implications  of an integrated psychotherapy treatment.    Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 13, 35-67.

Shapiro, F. (2001). The challenges of treatment evolution and integration.  American Journal of Clinical  Hypnosis, 43, 183-186.

Shapiro, F. (2002). EMDR twelve years after its introduction: past and future research.    Journal  of Clinical  Psychology, 58,  1-22.

Shapiro, F.   (2002). EMDR and the role of the clinician in psychotherapy evaluation:  Towards a more comprehensive integration of science and practice.   Journal  of  Clinical  Psychology, 58, 1453-1463.

Shapiro, F. (2007).  EMDR, adaptive information processing, and case conceptualization. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 1, 68-87.

Shapiro, F. (2010). EMDR therapy:  Adaptive information processing, clinical applications and research recommendations. APA Division 56 Trauma Psychology Newsletter, 5, 12-18.

Shapiro, F. (2012).  EMDR therapy:  An overview of current and future research.  European Review of Applied Psychology, 62, 193-195.

Shapiro, F. (2012).  EMDR humanitarian assistance programs:  Building sustainable mental health resources worldwide.  Stress Points, 12, 2-3.

Shapiro, F. (2013).  The Case:  Treating Jared through eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 495-497.

Shapiro, F. (2014).  The role of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in medicine:  Addressing the psychological and physical symptoms stemming from adverse life experiences.  The Permanente Journal, 18, 71-77.

Shapiro, F. (2014, Spring).  EMDR therapy:  A brief overview of trauma research, clinical practice and proposed neurobiological mechanisms.  Division 56 Trauma Psychology American Psychology Association Newsletter, 5-8.

Shapiro, F. (2014). EMDR therapy humanitarian assistance programs: Treating the psychological, physical, and societal effects of adverse experiences worldwide. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 8, 181-186.

Shapiro, F. (2016, March). Clinician's Corner: EMDR Therapy. ISTSS StressPoints.

Shapiro, F., Lake, K., & Norcross, J. (2003).  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as an integrative treatment for trauma.  Revista de Psicotrauma para Iberoamerica, 2, 4-12.

Shapiro, F. & Laliotis, D. (2011).  EMDR and the adaptive information processing model: Integrative treatment and case conceptualization. Clinical Social Work Journal. 39, 91–200.

Shapiro, F., & Maxfield, L. (2001).  Eye movement  desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): Clinical  implications of an integrated psychotherapy treatment.    Directions  in  Clinical  and Counseling  Psychology, 11, 59-70.  Published simultaneously in Directions in Mental Health Counseling.

Shapiro, F., &  Maxfield,  L. (2002).  EMDR: In the blink of an eye.  The British Psychologist, 15. 120-124.

Shapiro, F.,  & Maxfield, L. (2002).  EMDR: Information processing in the treatment of trauma.  In Session: Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58, 933-946.   Special  Issue: Treatment  of PTSD.

Shapiro, F., Vogelmann-Sine, S. & Sine, L. (1994).  EMDR: Treating substance abuse and trauma.  Journal  of  Psychoactive  Drugs, 26, 379-391.

Solomon, R.W. & Shapiro, F. (2008).  EMDR and the adaptive information processing model: Potential mechanisms of change.  Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 2, 315-325.

Zabukovec, J., Lazrove, S.,  & Shapiro,  F. (2000). Self-healing aspects of EMDR: The therapeutic change process and perspectives of integrated psychotherapies.  Journal of  Psychotherapy Integration,  10,  189-206.

Miscellaneous - Psychology

Shapiro, F. (1991).  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: A cautionary note. the Behavior Therapist, 14,188.

Shapiro, F. (1992).  Book review:  Give Sorrow Words:  Working With a Dying Child by Dorothy Judd.  Journal of Traumatic Stress, 5, 513-515

Shapiro, F. (1992).  Dr. Francine Shapiro responds.   the Behavior Therapist, 15, 111.

Shapiro, F. (1993).  EMDR deja vu.  the Behavior Therapist, 16, 187-188.

Shapiro, F. (1997). An EMDR dialogue. Behavior Online:

Shapiro, F. (1998). Preface in K. Johnson's Trauma in the Lives of Children. Alameda, CA: Hunter House

Shapiro, F. (1998). Foreword. In P. Manfield (Ed.) Extending EMDR:  A casebook of innovative appliations. New York: Norton.

Shapiro, F. (1999). Foreword.  In J. Lovett Smalll Wonders:  Healing childhood trauma with EMDR.  NY: Free Press/Simon & Schuster.

Shapiro, F. (2001). Foreward. In S. Silver & S. Rogers Light in the heart of darkness.  Chicago:  Norton.

Shapiro, F. (2005). Foreward. In M. Dworkin EMDR and the rational imperative. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

Shapiro, F. (2012). The Evidence on E.M.D.R. New York Times Consults: Experts in the Front Line of Medicine

Shapiro, F. (2012). Expert Answers on E.M.D.R. New York Times Consults: Experts in the Front Line of Medicine

Shapiro, F. (2012, January). Baby boomers and distant dads.  Huffington Post.

Shapiro, F. (2012, February).  How memories keep us apart:  The past is present.  Huffington Post.

Shapiro, F. (2012, February).  Why our unconscious rules us and what to do about it.  Huffington Post.


(1998). EMDR for Trauma: Eye Movement Desensitization  and  Reprocessing.  APA Psychotherapy Videotape Series II: American  Psychological  Association

(1998).  EMDR: A Closer Look   Videotape series:  Guilford Press

(1999).  EMDR: Working with Grief.  Brief Therapy videotape series:  Zeig & Tucker.

Publications - English Literature

[Puk] Shapiro, F. (Ed.) (1978).  Thomas Hardy's Chosen Poems. New York:  Frederick Ungar Publishing

Shapiro, F. (1974-1979).  A variety of critical and encyclopedia articles and book  reviews  in the area of American and  English literature.