Janja Lalich is a widely recognized expert on cults, totalist systems, and social and psychological influence. She has a master's degree in human development. After receiving a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, she did post graduated work as a Fulbright Scholar.
A member of a political cult for more than ten years, Lalich has been studying the cult phenomenon since she left the group in 1986. She has written, lectured, and been interviewed in the media, including on Meet the Press, about both her personal cult experience and cults in general, and she offers preventive-education workshops and training seminars to campus, religious, civic, and professional organizations.
She is co-author of Captive Hearts, Captive Minds: Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Abusive Relationships (Hunter House, 1994), Cults in Our Midst, (Jossey-Bass, 1995) and 'Crazy' Therapies: What Are They? Do They Work? (Jossey-Bass, 1996).
She is also editor of Women Under the Influence: A Study of Women's Lives in Totalist Groups (AFF, 1997).
She is coordinator of a San Francisco Bay Area support group for former cult members, and also works with families and friends of those involved with cults.
She has also served as a consultant to educators, mental health professionals, attorneys, law enforcement officials, and the State of California Department of Education.
Andrew A. Skolnick is a science and medical journalist and associate editor, Journal of the American Medical Association, Medical News & Perspectives , who has covered religiously-motivated medical neglect of children since the early 1980s.
His articles on this subject have appeared in Medical World News and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Skolnick is one of five journalists recently awarded an inaugural Rosalynn Carter Fellowship in Mental Health Journalism. His year-long fellowship with the Carter Center involves an investigation of the treatment of the mentally ill in the nations jails and prisons.
He has won a number of journalism awards including World Hunger Years 1996 Harry Chaplin Media Award for excellence in having an impact on hunger and poverty.
Adam Little is a free-lance television producer and reporter from Toronto, Canada. He has over a decade of experience in radio and television documentaries with such programs as the fifth estate, Man Alive, W5, Venture, Undercurrents and the Health Show, Sunday Morning and As It Happens.