Author | Researcher | Speaker | Producer | Award-Winning Radio Host

Nicole Strickland

Hello! Welcome to the official website of Nicole Strickland, one of the leading paranormal researchers on the West Coast.  Nicole is the founder/director of the well-respected San Diego Paranormal Research Society and has been featured in numerous media outlets.  In addition to her speaking and writing projects, she co-hosts the long-running Haunted Voices Radio with Todd Bates and also hosts the Afterlife Chronicles, which was recently selected by Feedspot as one of the top programs on the afterlife.

Presentation Topics

Children and the Paranormal
This presentation explores both Piaget's stages of cognitive development and Erikson's stages of psychosocial development and how a child might perceive and be affected by the paranormal at each phase. Other discussion points include signs that children are communicating with spiritual energies; some tips and suggestions for parents, educators and paranormal investigators on how to handle such cases. This course also offers advice for mentoring a child with psychic abilities and explains the origins and traits of crystal, rainbow, indigo and blue-ray children.
Ghostology
This presentation explores the classifications of and theories for various ghosts and spirits, such as earthbound entities vs. spirits, classic shadow people, crisis apparitions, types of elemental energies, angels, poltergeists / PK (psychokinesis), animal spirits, vortexes, orbs (the great orb debate), celestial entities, waking dreams, etc. Furthermore, discussion will include research on how spiritual entities communicate with the living; theories for how the human body can possibly survive death; foundations, mechanisms and signs of a haunting; various paranormal research theories and hypotheses; how to survive a haunting and classic cases of hauntings from around the world.
San Diego’s Most Haunted
This presentation discusses the history and paranormal claims of various historical landmarks in San Diego, California. Locations discussed include the Whaley House, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Hotel Del Coronado, Santee Barn, Davis-Horton House, Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, Pine Hills Lodge, AVO Playhouse, Star of India (Euterpe), Berkeley Ferryboat, and more. The San Diego Paranormal Research Society has conducted paranormal investigations at many of the sites mentioned and its paranormal collected data from its case files are discussed in depth
Spirited RMS Queen Mary
Nicole has been researching the RMS Queen Mary for over 15 years. She has presented about the ship's history and paranormal phenomena at numerous conferences and libraries as well as on television, radio and in print. This presentation gives a detailed overview of the liner's remarkable history and thoroughly discusses its resident spiritual energies and theories for its hauntings. Collected paranormal data in the form of audio, video and photography from various ship locations will be showcased. This is a very popular and often requested presentation.
Tulpas and Thought Projections
It is often highly theorized that our own thoughts and psychokinetic projections can directly cause or at least influence a location's paranormal activity. It is theorized that persistent thoughts about something can generate thought-provoked life forms. Thus, are some known hauntings and/or spiritual entities the byproduct of our own imaginations and psychokinetic creations? Yes, quite possibly. This presentation delves into this theory more in depth.
Trends in Paranormal Research
This presentation explores various trends in the field of paranormal research and investigation and examines their effects on the field at large. Discussed trends include technological advances / metaphysical instruments and their implications; spirit resolution vs. "paratainment"; getting rid of "ego" and educational development. We are seeing more genuine paranormal research teams expanding their repertoire by helping the ethereal energies they investigate and commune with. This is vital in the rapport building between the living and departed – the ultimate, natural way to improve not only the paranormal research arena but how the public at large perceives it.
Trends in Paranormal Research
This presentation explores various trends in the field of paranormal research and investigation and examines their effects on the field at large. Discussed trends include technological advances / metaphysical instruments and their implications; spirit resolution vs. "paratainment"; getting rid of "ego" and educational development. We are seeing more genuine paranormal research teams expanding their repertoire by helping the ethereal energies they investigate and commune with. This is vital in the rapport building between the living and departed – the ultimate, natural way to improve not only the paranormal research arena but how the public at large perceives it.
History of Spiritualism and Séances
This lecture discusses the history of Spiritualism and its impact on paranormal research. Discussed are the key individuals involved in Spiritualism, such as the Fox Sisters, Houdini and other scientific researchers who either supported or debunked those claiming to be psychic. The types of fraud that occurred during the movement are also highlighted, including various spirit communication techniques.
Spirits of Rancho Buena Vista Adobe
The San Diego Paranormal Research Society has been studying the history and spiritual phenomena at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe for over ten years. This presentation highlights some of the team's case study data (EVP and ITC captures), personal experiences and history of the iconic Vista landmark.
USA’s Most Haunted Places
This is an exciting presentation that takes you on a haunted journey across the USA. Discussed are the nation’s most haunted locations, including the history, legends, paranormal happenings and ghosts / spirits inhabiting these famous locales. Enjoy hearing about the RMS Queen Mary, the Alamo, Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Winchester Mystery House, Myrtles Plantation, Rolling Hills Asylum, Preston Castle, the Stanley Hotel, Eastern State Penitentiary, St. Augustine Lighthouse, Salem Massachusetts, Gettysburg Battlefield, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Whaley House and many more locations with spine-tingling tales.
The Afterlife Chronicles
Examining the Profound Connectedness between the Living and Afterlife: This presentation is based off of Nicole's book, The Afterlife Chronicles: Exploring the Connection between Life, Death and Beyond, debuting in 2021. The book, presentation and radio show, "The Afterlife Chronicles with Nicole Strickland," highlight the undying connection between mortality and the afterlife, showcasing the beautiful interconnection between both worlds. This presentation delves into life-after-death research; spirit communication, telepathic dreams, misconceptions of the spirit world, bereavement hallucinations, healing your loss while honoring your loved one and more.
Working with Clients
This presentation explores more in detail the paranormal case study client interview process for private residence, business and historical locations. Information will be presented on how to recognize when potential clients may be suffering from a physical or mental disorder / negative family dynamic, which can not only impede the case study process but exacerbate whatever issue they're dealing with. There will also be discussion on how mainstream media / entertainment has affected peoples' beliefs of paranormal phenomena and the spirit world.
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Paranormal Conferencs

Oregon Ghost Conference
Since 2015, Nicole has been a major OGC supporter, having taught an introduction to paranormal investigation course and having presented at the event four times.
Port Gamble Ghost Conference
Nicole was also a featured speaker at the Port Gamble Ghost Conference in 2017, located in the picturesque town of Port Gamble, Washington. She presented about the history of and paranormal happenings at the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.
Amy Bruni's Strange Escapes aboard the Queen Mary
Nicole was tickled pink to be a featured speaker at Ami Bruni's RMS Queen Mary Strange Escapes event in 2017. Nicole presented about the history and paranormal happenings aboard the legendary ship in addition to selling close to 50 books during the weekend.
Preston Castle ParaCon
Nicole was invited by the Castle Spirits Team to be a featured speaker at the Preston Castle ParaCon in 2017 and 2018. It was fabulous and a dream come true to finally see the iconic structure for the first time. A truly majestic experience!
Maritime Ghost Conference San Diego
Nicole presented about the Queen Mary at this 2011 event held at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
Haunted America Conference West Coast
Troy Taylor, noted paranormal researcher and author, asked Nicole to present at his 2011 Haunted America Conference West Coast in San Diego, California.
San Diego Ghost and Paranormal Meetup Group - 2011
In May of 2011, Nicole gave a presentation about the history and high strangeness of the Queen Mary at the San Diego Ghost and Paranormal Meetup group, which is run by her friends, Dave and Cheryl Hansen. The SDGAP is San Diego's most popular meetup group for discussions about the paranormal, including ghosts and hauntings.
USS Hornet History and Mystery Event - 2019
Nicole was a VIP guest at this event. She hosted a presentation about the Queen Mary and joined the overnight paranormal investigation of the Hornet.
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Community Events

Various Library Presentations
Nicole has been invited to speak at various San Diego libraries, including Lakeside, Rancho Santa Fe, Julian, Escondido, Vista, Santee and San Marcos. She has featured books at the San Diego Local Author Showcase at the San Diego Central Library.
NEW Escondido Public Library
"Afterlife Chronicles: Exploring the Connection between Life, Death and Beyond" - October 2nd at 2:30 pm
San Diego OSHER Adult Learning
Nicole has given two presentations about paranormal research and investigation to OSHER students in San Diego, California.
La Costa Glen Retirement Community, Carlsbad, California
Nicole was invited to present about the history and hauntings of the RMS Queen Mary for the senior community at La Costa Glen Retirement community.
Escondido Public Library "Haunted Escondido" Event
The SDPRS team was invited by the Escondido Public Library to conduct two in-depth paranormal research projects in various areas of the building. With fascinating results to reveal, Ali and Nicole discussed their findings from the investigation during the "Haunted Escondido" sold-out event.
Aztec Brewery - Vista, California - Ongoing
Nicole is on the paranormal lecture circuit for the Aztec Brewery in Vista, California. She has presented about various paranormal research topics here.
Santee Historical Society
Nicole was invited to give a presentation based off of her book, San Diego's Most Haunted to guests at the Santee Barn, one of Santee's most iconic historical sites, in February. She discussed the history of and ghostly activity at many legendary locations throughout San Diego.
Casa de las Campanas Retirement Community
Nicole was invited to speak about paranormal research practices in October 2019 at the Casa de las Campanas. The presentation was well-received and the topic of conversation among residents during dinner later that evening.
Bean Crazy Coffee Shop
Nicole presented about the Queen Mary at the Bean Crazy coffee Shop in Thousand Oaks, California.
Intrepid Shakespeare Company
Nicole and the SDPRS team gave a presentation about ghost research and investigation to company actors and attendees.
National University, Oceanside, California
Nicole presented about the RMS Queen Mary and other historically haunted locations at National University for the Cal State San Marcos' OSHER Adult Learning Program
Escondido Public Library Presentation 2017
Nicole presented about the history of and paranormal happenings at the RMS Queen Mary ​at the Escondido Public Library on October 14, 2017
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High Schools

National University - Cal State San Marcos' OSHER Adult Learning Program)
Nicole presented about the RMS Queen Mary and other historically haunted locations at National University for the Cal State San Marcos' OSHER Adult Learning Program.
High Tech High School
Nicole helped students develop a film showcase about ghosts and the paranormal.
Sweetwater Union High School
Nicole was invited by friend / teacher Eric Esperon to give a presentation about paranormal investigation to the school's paranormal club.
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Ghost Classes

Take you’re paranormal interest to the next level with Nicoles amazing classes, which are designed with the investigator in mind.