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The mission of this site is to promote a deeper, more accurate understanding of cults and the effects of cults. This is accomplished through the research of Dr. Janja Lalich, founder and developer of CultResearch.org. Dr. Lalich is:

  • A world-renowned expert in cultic studies
  • Professor of sociology at California State University, Chico
  • Author and coauthor of critically acclaimed books on cults
  • Avid contributor to the field of cultic studies through her research, presentations, and articles

If you are looking for help, please navigate to our help section and become familiar with Cult 101. These resources will aid you in recognizing if you or someone you know may be getting involved with a cult.

For professional, individual, or family consultations, contact Dr. Lalich at drlalich@sbcglobal.net. Send correspondence to: Janja Lalich, PMB 905, 236 W. East Ave., Ste. A, Chico, CA 95926. For more about Dr. Lalich, click on the “About Dr. Lalich” tab.

Recent Updates

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Dr. Lalich Testifies in Arkansas Trial

Posted on March 19th, 2012

Witness Calls Workplace Cult-Like SUIT: EMPLOYEES REQUIRED TO WALK ACROSS COALS, TAKE PART IN SHOUTING SESSIONS By Tracy M. Neal (Northwest Arkansas News) BENTONVILLE — An expert witness testified an ex- minority owner in Premier Concepts is recovering from what she called a cult-like environment at the business. Janja Lalich, sociology professor at California State…

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Texas Observer Article on Homestead Heritage

Posted on March 19th, 2012

Heritage of Abuse Texas Observer Exclusive: Waco religious group accused of child abuse, beatings and cover-ups by Alex Hannaford Published on: Friday, February 10, 2012 Photo by Mike Davis Homestead Heritage during a craft fair in 2009. Driving up to the pretty café, built of log and stone and nestled among cedars at the side…

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Presentation at Survivors of Institutional Abuse Convention

Posted on March 19th, 2012

Re-forming the Self: The Impact and Consequences of Institutional Abuse[1] Janja Lalich, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology and Former Cult Member California State University, Chico Email: drlalich@sbcglobal.net Website: www.cultresearch.org             Thank you. First of all, I’d like to extend a big thank you to Jodi Hobbs for inviting to me to this very special convention, and…

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