Dr. Francine Shapiro, the creator and developer of the trauma therapy known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) passed away June 16th, 2019 at the age of 71. Dr. Shapiro began developing EMDR in 1987. She was walking through the park when she noticed that moving her eyes from side to side had a positive effect on her emotions. From this chance discovery, she developed and researched a full-fledged treatment modality.

EMDR is considered by many experts to be a gold-standard treatment for PTSD, and is recommended by the World Health Organization as a treatment for trauma and loss. Dr. Shapiro’s scientific and clinical work continues to benefit people all over the world.

Read more about EMDR and about Dr. Shapiro’s life and work.


World Health Organization. WHO releases guidance on mental health care after trauma. August 6, 2013. https://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2013/trauma_mental_health_20130806/en/