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Research Network


ICSA's research network consists of academicians, professionals, students, and others who are interested in advancing understanding in the cultic studies field by conducting, supporting, and reporting on research.

Rod Dubrow-Marshall, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Visiting Fellow, Criminal Justice Hub, University of Salford, United Kingdom, (photo to left, bio below), chairs the research network and the smaller research committee, which has advisory and decision-making functions.

Because ICSA's approach is multidisciplinary and open to diverse perspectives, the research network includes people with different backgrounds, interests, and points of view.

The Research Committee runs a preconference workshop for researchers prior to ICSA’s annual conference.  This workshop enables researchers to communicate informally about research studies and plans. Students, in particular, can get advice and guidance.

ICSA also can sometimes help researchers obtain subjects for their studies.

Researchers may present their findings at ICSA conferences and submit articles to its academic journal, International Journal of Cultic Studies or to its magazine, ICSA Today.

ICSA's 
Research Study Guide is a collection of articles pertinent to research.


Rod Dubrow-Marshall, PhD, MBPsS, is 
Professor of Psychology and Visiting Fellow, Criminal Justice Hub, University of Salford, United Kingdom. Rod is a Social Psychologist who has been researching the psychology and aetiology of undue influence and cults or extremist groups for over twenty years, and he has developed the Totalistic Identity Theory as an evidence-based theory to explain and tackle ideological extremism and ideologically driven violence. He is also an active researcher in a variety of other areas including organizational behaviour and healthiness, the social psychology of identity and prejudice, and public policy and education. A graduate member of the British Psychological Society, Rod is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Cultic Studies Association and is also Chair of the ICSA Research Committee and Network and he is co-Editor of the International Journal of Cultic Studies (since its inception in 2010). In 2006, he was awarded The Herbert L. Rosedale Award, jointly with Dr. Paul Martin, for their psychological research on undue influence. Rod co-founded the Re-Entry Therapy Information and Referral Network (RETIRN) UK in 2004 with Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall, where he serves as a consultant in helping individuals and families who have been adversely affected by destructive or damaging cults and other extremist and high demand/manipulative groups or relationships. He operates out of offices in Pontypridd, Wales and Buxton, Derbyshire, UK (please also see www.retirn.com). Rod has also served on more than a dozen Governing Boards of Schools, Colleges and Universities over the last two decades and he is currently a governor and director of the Akaal Primary School in Derby and is also a longstanding member of the Board of the homelessness charity the Wallich (headquartered in Cardiff, Wales). In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Buxton International Festival and is Chair of the Board of the Preston Guild Link charity (in Lancashire, UK) which is fundraising for the next Preston Guild cultural festival in 2032! Rod is also an experienced senior leader and manager in higher education having served for 15 years in the roles of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of South Wales and Dean of Applied Social Sciences and Humanities at Buckinghamshire New University.