Author Biographies

Carlos Bardavío Antón, Ph.D.

Carlos Bardavío Antón, Ph.D. in Criminal Law from the University of Seville (cum laude), Managing Partner of the Bardavío Lawyers (Bardavío Abogados) Law Firm. Professor of Criminal Law in the Master´s Degree of Economic Criminal Law and in the Master´s Degree of Business Legal Advice at the International University of La Rioja, Professor of Criminal Law in the Law Degree at ESERP Business School. Master of Criminal Law from the University of Seville. Diploma in Advanced Studies (D.E.A) from the University of Zaragoza. Expert in legal psychology from the University of Columbus, Zaragoza. Graduated in Law from the University of Zaragoza. Expert in criminal organizations and criminal sectarianism. Legal advisor to RedUNE (Association for the Prevention of Sectarianism and Abuse of the Vulnerable) and to RIES (Iberian-American Association for the Study of Cults). Outstanding publications: in e-book format, ´Cults in Criminal Law: a dogmatic study of sectarian crimes´ (Las sectas en Derecho penal: estudio dogmático de los delitos sectarios), Penal Collection no. 7, J.M. Bosch Editor, Barcelona, 2020. Shop/Product/Details/35095_las-sectas-enderecho-penal?

Robin Boyle-Laisure, JD

Robin Boyle-Laisure, JD, Professor of Legal Writing at St. John’s University School of Law, lectures on topics concerning cults and the law. Her articles include "Staying Safe: Observing Warning Signs of a Dangerous Liaison" with Andrea Laisure (ICSA Today, 2017), “Employing Trafficking Laws to Capture Elusive Leaders of Destructive Cults” (Oregon Review of International Law, 2016), “Current Status of Federal Law Concerning Violent Crimes Against Women and Children: Implications for Cult Victims” (Cultic Studies Review, 2002), “How Children in Cults May Use Emancipation Laws to Free Themselves” (Cultic Studies Journal, 1999), and “Women, the Law, and Cults: Three Avenues of Legal Recourse—New Rape Laws, Violence Against Women Act, and Anti-stalking Laws” (Cultic Studies Journal, 1998). In 2005, she received the Faculty Outstanding Achievement award from the President of St. John’s University, and she is on the Editorial Board of ICSA’s International Journal of Cultic Studies.

Linda Dubrow-Marshall, PhD

Dr. Linda Dubrow-Marshall is a clinical and counselling psychologist (HCPC registered) and provides psychotherapy and consultation services to individuals and families who have been affected by coercive control through her private practice RETIRN (the Re-entry Therapy, Information and Referral Network). She developed and co-leads the MSc Psychology of Coercive Control programme with Dr Rod Dubrow-Marshall at the University of Salford (United Kingdom), where she is Head of Psychology. She is the Mental Health Chair for the International Cultic Studies Association.

David Gretz, M.Ed./Ed.S.

David Gretz, M.Ed./Ed.S. is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Northern Colorado. His clinical and research interests focus on suicide prevention, military populations, and providing supervision to counselors in training.

Sue Parker Hall

Sue Parker Hall is a relational transactional analyst/psychotherapist who lives in Cornwall in the United Kingdom and offers a psychotherapy service face-to-face and online. She is author of Anger, Rage & Relationship: An Empathic Approach to Anger Management (Routledge, 2008). She delivers professional-development training to psychotherapy and counseling practitioners, face-to-face and online, on the issues of anger, rage, shame, and trauma processing; she also presently is assisting Dr. Gillie Jenkinson at Hope Valley Counselling, to deliver the Certificate in Post-Cult Counselling to qualified therapy practitioners.

Hailee Ingleton, PhD

Dr Hailee Ingleton’s research engages in expression through arts and its’ effects on identity, wellbeing and conflict, and the facilitation of flow through various artistic media. Her experience and interests centre around providing outlets and safe spaces for artistic expression, and discovering new opportunities where the arts can play a role in healing, development, problem solving and community building.

Vicky Karkou, PhD

Professor Vicky Karkou is the Director of the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing at Edge Hill University and the co-founder of the Arts for the Blues project. She works across performing arts and health, sharing her time equally between these two subject areas. She is also co-leading the MSc in Psychotherapy and Counselling: Contemporary Creative Approaches, while traveling widely for teaching and research purposes. She is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and edited books and is co-editing the international journal Body, Movement, and Dance in Psychotherapy published by Taylor and Francis.

Maria Kefalogianni, MS

Maria Kefalogianni is a Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy at the University of Salford, UK. She is a module leader and tutor on mindfulness-based modules, Bereavement & Loss module, and the Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision in the Helping Relationships. Besides this, she holds a private psychotherapy practice for young people and adults, as well as offering supervision/consultation to professionals/organisations. Her practice is person-centred and compassion focused with a keen interest in mindfulness and the transpersonal. Her research is around somatic/embodied ways of knowing and the role of arts in therapy and life, and is also currently in training to become a sound healing practitioner. Her self-care is through nature, yoga, dance, and her ongoing spiritual practice.

Stephen A. Kent, Ph.D.

Stephen A. Kent, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, University of Alberta, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the sociology of religion and the sociology of sectarian groups. He has published articles in numerous sociology and religious study journals. His 2001 book, From Slogans to Mantras: Social Protest and Religious Conversion in the Late Vietnam War Era, was selected by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2002. In 2012 he received The Margaret Thaler Singer Award for advancing the understanding of coercive persuasion and undue influence from the American Cultic Studies Association.

Kathryn LaFary, M.A.

Kathryn LaFary, M.A. is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. She conducts research in the areas of childhood trauma and its effects on the prefrontal cortex functions, veteran trauma, and history of psychology. She has been in the Air Force for 19 years as a medic and command and control operations specialist.

Phil Lord

Phil Lord conducts research at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. His research concerns law and religion, public law, and behavioral economics. He has authored more than a dozen academic articles.

Joanna Omylinska-Thurston, PhD

Dr Joanna Omylinska-Thurston is a co-founder of Arts for the Blues project. She is an experienced Counselling Psychologist who has been practicing within NHS for over 20 years providing psychological therapy, supervision and placements for Counselling Psychology Trainees at the University of Manchester and the BPS’s Qualification in Counselling Psychology. She integrates humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic approaches in her work and has worked in learning disabilities, psycho-oncology and mental health.

Ailsa Parsons, PhD

Ailsa Parsons is a chartered Psychologist and creative psychotherapist, who leads the BSc (Hons) Psychology of Sport programme at the University of Salford. In private practice, Ailsa is a humanistic, integrative and holistic practitioner who tailors embodied, somatic and creative approaches to a variety of client groups and problems. Her ongoing PhD by published works has generated published research on Dance Movement Psychotherapy and helpful ingredients in therapy for depression, contributing to the formation and development of Arts for the Blues ( The main thesis of her PhD explores the therapeutic mechanisms of psychological Flow within creative therapies, with clinical and non-clinical implications.

Daniel Phillips, PhD

Daniel Phillips, Ph.D., has taught sociology and criminal justice courses since 1994. He currently serves at Campbellsville University as an instructor of sociology and criminal justice and is the Regional Coordinator for Faculty Development. He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1997 from Virginia Tech.

Natasha Post Rosow, MSW

Natasha Post Rosow. MSW, graduated from the USC Suzanne Dvorak-Peck School of Social Work in 2017 after a successful 15 year career as a writer and screenwriter. She holds a B.A. from Harvard and an MFA from the University of Texas, Austin.

Susan Raine, Ph.D.

Susan Raine, PhD, is an Associate Professor at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada. She teaches courses on religion, culture, and society; alternative beliefs: the paranormal and conspiracy theories; and deviance and conformity. Her research interests focus primarily on alternative religious movements. She has published on a variety of groups including Scientology, Heaven’s Gate, and the Children of God/the Family. Her research projects have explored a range of themes including self-identity, sexuality, surveillance, and science-fiction narratives and influences. More recently, she has turned her attention to cases of grooming for sexual abuse in a variety of religious and other ideological settings.

Charlie Rosenblum

Charlie Rosenblum, BA recently completed undergraduate programs in Psychology and Criminal Justice. He completed an internship with the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner and is interested in pursuing graduate work in Journalism.

Scott Thurston, PhD

Dr Scott Thurston is a poet, mover and Reader in English and Creative Writing at the University of Salford, UK. He has published fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, most recently Phrases towards a kinepoetics (Contraband, 2020). Scott is founding co-editor of open access Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry and, since 2004, he has been developing a poetics integrating dance and poetry which has seen him studying with dancers in Berlin and New York and collaborating with dancers Sarie Mairs Slee, Julia Griffin and Gemma Collard-Stokes in the UK.

Richard Turner, MSc

Richard Turner is a counsellor (MBACP reg.) with an MSc in Psychology of Coercive Control from the University of Salford, who supports clients recovering from intense experiences of coercive control in cults and relationships, through his private counselling practice ( He also delivers training about cult psychology and offers advice and guidance for families impacted by cult groups. Alongside this, he teaches counselling at York College and delivers talks and writes articles about his personal experience in a cult and his autism.

Jill Washychyn Payne, M.A.

Jill Washychyn Payne earned M.A. and B.A. degrees in psychology. She has conducted research in the areas of eating disorders and college student attrition and has taught undergraduate courses in personality theory and history of psychology. Her professional experience is in the design and delivery of instruction in the use of software applications.

Doni Whitsett, PhD, LCSW

Doni Whitsett, Ph.D., LCSW, is a Fulbright Scholar and Clinical Professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work where she has taught for over 25 years. She has been working with cult survivors for 3 decades, publishes articles on this topic, conducts workshops to educate mental health professionals, and presents at conferences both nationally and internationally.

William Douglas Woody, Ph.D.

William Douglas Woody, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado where he teaches and conducts research in the history of psychology, psychology and law, and teaching of psychology. He is the recipint of national, regional, and university teaching, mentorship, and research awards.