Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Jeff Keuss
First Advisor/Committee Member
Second Advisor/Committee Member
PTSD, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, trauma
This literature review examines the efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) relative to other evidence-based treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), such as Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). The paper explores the problem of PTSD; outlines the history, theory, and initial trials of EMDR; and examines five randomized controlled trials which compare EMDR to PE or CPT. Results suggest that neither treatment model produces significantly greater reductions in PTSD symptoms, though there is some evidence that EMDR may be better tolerated and produce desired results faster than other treatments.
Crawford, Grace S., "Treating Trauma: The Efficacy of EMDR as a Treatment for PTSD" (2015). Honors Projects. 26.