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Shapiro, FrancineFrancine Shapiro holds a B.A. (1968) and a M.A. (1974) in English Literature from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. In 1974, while employed full-time as an English teacher, she enrolled in a PhD program in English Literature at New York University. After a bout with cancer she relocated to the West Coast and entered a program in psychology. She received her PhD in 1988, and her thesis was published in the Journal of Traumatic Studies in 1989.

Dr. Shapiro is the originator and developer of the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, which has been so well researched that it is now recommended as an effective treatment for trauma in the Practice Guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association, and those of the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Shapiro is a Senior Research Fellow Emeritus at the Mental Research Institute of Palo Alto, Executive Director of the EMDR Institute in Watsonville, CA, and founder and President Emeritus of the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, a non-profit organization that coordinates disaster response and low fee trainings worldwide.
Dr. Shapiro was designated as one of the “Cadre of Experts” of the American Psychological Association & Canadian Psychological Association Joint Initiative on Ethnopolitical Warfare, and has served as advisor to a wide variety of trauma treatment and outreach organizations and journals. She has been an invited speaker at psychology conferences worldwide and has written and co-authored more than 60 articles, chapters, and books about EMDR.



  • International Sigmund Freud Award for distinguished contribution to psychotherapy presented by the City of Vienna in conjunction with the World Council
  • American Psychological Association Trauma Division Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology
  • Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology Award presented by the California Psychological Association.


  • 2012 Getting Past Your Past: Taking Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy, Rodale
  • 2007 Handbook fo EMDR and Family Therapy Processes (edited withFlorence W. Kaslow and Louise Maxfield), Wiley
  • 2002 EMDR as an Integrative Psychotherapy Approach: Experts of Diverse Orientations Explore the Paradigm Prism, American Psychological Association Books
  • 2001 EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures, The Guilford Press
  • 1998 EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress and Trauma, Basic Books


You can find here all the articles Dr Francine Shapiro wrote and co-authored. The Francine Shapiro Library (FSL) is dedicated to her work. It has been officially launched in 2007 and transitioned in 2014 to the EMDRIA International Association. It’s also a compendium of scholarly articles and other important writings related to the AIP and EMDR Therapy. Website.