Episode 161 – Cult Expert Rick Alan Ross
Rick Alan Ross is the founder and the Executive Director of The Cult Education Institute (or CEI). He is a globally recognized expert on the inner workings of destructive cults, controversial groups as well as subversive movements. Rick is also the author of the book ‘Cults Inside Out: How People Get In and Can Get Out'. He began his research for the book in 1982, as he began delving into the rising threat that controversial authoritarian groups and movements posed. Ross then later started a website with his archives in 1996, and the CEI now keeps this online archive of his material he collected on cults and controversial groups.
As such he has become a qualified and accepted expert witness, who has also testified in court proceedings all across the United States. This has also extended to the US Federal Court on numerous occasions. He has also frequently assisted both local and national US law enforcement, as well other governmental agencies in all their cult related cases. His reputation has also led to him becoming a paid consultant for CBS, CBC and Nippon of Japan television networks. He has also been retained as a technical consultant for both Miramax and Disney film studios.
Rick Alan Ross Appearances
Rick's commentary has also been quoted in Time Magazine, People, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe and the Washington Post. He has also appeared on programs like: the Today Show, CNN World News, Dateline, ABC 20/20, 48 Hours. Not to mention also making appearances on well know interview shows like Oprah, Dr. Phil and Inside Edition.
He has also lectured at Dickinson College, the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, Baylor University, University of Pennsylvania. Rick has also lectured internationally at Wuhan University, Zhengzhou University, GuangXi International University, Heilongjiang University, Shandong University, and Assumption University in Thailand.