Dr Peta Stapleton is one of the world’s leading  researchers in Clinical EFT.

In 2008 Dr Peta Stapleton and Terri Sheldon conducted a research study in conjunction with, Griffith University School of Medicine Logan Campus in Queensland Australia. This was a world first clinical trial in the area. The research was based on a grant received from the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (USA). It was conducted to investigate whether food cravings play a role in the field of weight loss and if willpower over food cravings is important in weight loss. A Randomised Clinical Trial investigating the effectiveness of The Emotional Freedom Technique versus a waitlist was conducted for food cravings. 96 obese adults attended a 4 week group based program run by EFT practitioner Mr Brett Porter. The Program taught participants how to use EFT and how to apply it to their food cravings. You can read our research outcomes here.

EFT had an immediate effect on reducing food cravings, result in maintaining reduced cravings over time and impact upon BMI in overweight and obese individuals. The results were still significant a year later.

This program was extended to 8-weeks and a clinical trial between 2012-2014 compared EFT to the gold standard Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  The EFT treatment was as effective as CBT in increasing one’s power over food and restraint ability. But it was superior to CBT to decrease food cravings and anxiety symptoms and maintain this over 1 year (in 89 obese adults). The results are all here.

In addition to the above, Peta has investigated the effectiveness of EFT for

  • Clinical Depression
  • Cigarette Smoking
  • Worldwide Online Delivery of EFT for Weight Management in Obese Adults
  • Bariatric Patients 1 year Post Surgery
  • Chronic Pain in Adults

Peta is currently conducting the following clinical trial which is a world first:

  • Neural (brain) changes (fMRI) after EFT in overweight/obese adults – this will be extended in 2018-19 for chronic pain patients

In school students, Peta has investigated the impact of EFT for:

  • Eating behaviours and physical activity in 14 year olds
  • Stress, exam anxiety and academic fear in high achieving 15 year olds

For a wider range of all of Dr Peta’s work, please see http://works.bepress.com/peta_stapleton/

More Research on the Mechanism of How EFT works

The effect of emotional freedom techniques on stress biochemistry: A randomized controlled trial – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22986277

EFT Research Bibliography http://www.eftuniverse.com/research-and-studies/eft-research

Website with summaries of all worldwide EFT research to date – http://www.efttappingtraining.com/eft-research/