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Francine Shapiro, PhD, the originator and developer of EMDR, is a senior research fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California; Executive Director of the EMDR Institute in Watsonville, California; and founder and President Emeritus of the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, a nonprofit organization that coordinates disaster response and pro bono trainings worldwide. She is a recipient of the International Sigmund Freud Award for distinguished contribution to psychotherapy, from the City of Vienna; the American Psychological Association Division 56 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology; and the Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology Award, from the California Psychological Association. Dr. Shapiro was designated as one of the "Cadre of Experts" of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations' Joint Initiative on Ethnopolitical Warfare. She has written and coauthored more than 60 articles, chapters, and books about EMDR.