Raffaella Di Marzio is an independent scholar. In 2016 she earned her Ph.d. in Psychology of Religion at Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. She is the author of “Nuove religioni e sette. La psicologia di fronte alle nuove forme di culto” (2010) and “Nuovi Movimenti Religiosi. Una sfida educativa” (2016). She is also contributor to CESNUR’s Encyclopedia of Religions in Italy (2013) and to Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann Editors (2010).