Paul R. Martin

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Paul R. Martin
Paul Martin's online obituary photo
Paul Martin's online obituary photo
Born (1946-06-28)June 28, 1946
San Francisco, California, US
Died August 12, 2009(2009-08-12) (aged 63)
Residence Albany, Ohio, US
Occupation Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Author, Pastor,
Director, Wellspring Retreat

Paul R. Martin was a psychotherapist, licensed clinical psychologist, author, pastor, and director of the Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center in Ohio. He also worked in private practice in Athens, Ohio. Martin taught psychology, psychopharmacology, and the Biblical basis of behavior for five years at Geneva College, where he was a member of the department of psychology.[1]

In his 1994 book Cult-Proofing Your Kids, Martin wrote about his former membership and leadership in the Great Commission International (currently called Great Commission Association of Churches). In 1971, he dropped out of graduate school to join the group, when it was known as "The Blitz". He later explained that he left the group when he did not receive an adequate response, after questioning its more controversial methods and tactics.[2]


Mr. Martin served as an expert witness in court cases including the Lee Boyd Malvo sniper trial and the trial of Zacharias Moussaoui. Having neither interviewed the defendants nor studied their cases, Martin nonetheless testified in general terms about the mindset of people who have been "indoctrinated".[3][4]

Published works[edit]


  • Martin, Paul R. (1 April 1993). Cult proofing your kids. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Pub. House. ISBN 978-0310537618. 
  • Martin, Paul R., ed. (31 March 1991). Handbook of behavior therapy and psychological science : an integrative approach. New York: Pergamon Press. ISBN 978-0080361291. 


  • West, Louis J.; Martin, Paul R. (5 August 1994). Lynn, Steven Jay; Rhue, Judith W., eds. Dissociation : clinical and theoretical perspectives. New York: Guilford Press. pp. 268–288. ISBN 978-0898621860. 


  1. ^ ICSA Staff. "People Profiles - International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)". ICSA. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Martin, Paul R. (1 April 1993). Cult proofing your kids. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Pub. House. ISBN 978-0310537618. 
  3. ^ Liptak, Adam (6 December 2003). "Over Objections, Expert on Cults Is Witness for Sniper Suspect". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Hirschkorn, Phil (19 April 2006). "Defense experts call Moussaoui schizophrenic". CNN. Retrieved 19 February 2015.