The Influence Continuum - the good, the bad and the harmful

Rod Dubrow-Marshall "The Influence Continuum - the good, the bad and the harmful: research on harmful influence in cults and extremist groups" with Rod Dubrow-Marshall

Event date: Wednesday, 4 March 2015 at 4.15 PM

Time: 4.15-5.15pm

Venue: Heap Lecture Theatre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB

About the speaker:

Rod Dubrow-Marshall, PhD, MBPsS, is Professor of Psychology and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby. Prior to that he was Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales).

A graduate member of the British Psychological Society, Rod is also Chair of the Research Committee and Network of the International Cultic Studies Association and 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. He co-founded RETIRN/UK in 2004, where he is a consultant, helping individuals and families who have been adversely affected by destructive cults and other extremist and high demand/manipulative groups, and attends as co-representative of RETIRN/UK as correspondent to the General Assembly of FECRIS (European Federation of Centres of Research and Education on Sects).

Rod is also a member of the Board of the homelessness charity the Wallich (headquartered in Cardiff, Wales) and is Chair of the Board of the Preston Guild Link charity (in Lancashire, England) which is fundraising for the next Preston Guild cultural festival in 2032!

What the talk will cover:

Rod is a Social Psychologist whose research specialties include the psychology of undue influence and cults or extremist groups (where he has developed the ‘Totalistic Identity Theory’ as an evidence-based theory to combat and reduce ideological extremism and ideologically driven violence), organizational behaviour and healthiness and the social psychology of identity and prejudice. In this talk he will describe his own and others’ research on harmful influences in cults and extremist groups.