Michael Langone

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Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.
Born 1947
United States
Residence United States
Nationality American
Fields psychology, cults, new religious movements
Institutions International Cultic Studies Association
Known for Recovery from Cults, Cultic Studies Review, editor
Notable awards Leo J. Ryan Award, 1995

Michael D. Langone, is an American counseling psychologist who specialises in research about "cultic" groups and psychological manipulation. He is executive director of the International Cultic Studies Association, editor of the journal Cultic Studies Review.

Langone is author and co-author of several books and has published numerous articles. He first joined the American Family Foundation in 1981.

In 1995 he was named visiting scholar at Boston University's Albert Danielsen Center for the Study of Religion and Psychology and did research comparing former members of a cultic group and of two mainstream religious groups regarding psychological distress and members' perceptions of abusiveness. He also received the Cult Awareness Network's Leo J. Ryan Award in the same year.


  • Leo J. Ryan Award,[1] 1995


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  1. ^ ICSA Annual International Conference, Conference Handbook, ICSA Annual International Conference, Denver, Colorado, June 22–24, 2006.

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Media/Press mention
Article search
  • Shuppe, Anson; Darrel, Susan, The Attempted Transformation of a Deviant Occupation into a Therapy: Deprogramming Seeks a New Identity, annual meeting SSSR/RRA, Norfolk, VA, October 2003. Available online

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