About Ron Burks

I graduated from Florida State University and after 16 years in a high demand church, got a Masters of Divinity (the degree most Christian mainstream pastors have) and a Masters in Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary in Central Kentucky. I have written several professional journal articles, chapters in medical and counseling textbooks and the book, coauthored with my wife, Vicki, Damaged Disciples, Casualties of Authoritarian Churches and the Shepherding Movement, was published by Zondervan. I completed the Ph. D. in Counselor Education at Ohio University and did my dissertation on the connection between exposure to a high demand environment and cognitive impairment. I worked at Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center, a residential facility for former members of high demand groups, and relationships from 1993 to 2005. I now live in the Tallahassee area and work as a mental health and addictions counselor at the Behavioral Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.  I am currently researching the similarities between the effects of drugs and alcohol and extremist beliefs and behaviors on the brain.


I can be reached by:

Phone:  850 431 3463

Email: ron@ronburksphd.com