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

The Afterlife Chronicles
Exploring the Connection between
Life, Death and Beyond
Animals and the Afterlife
Communicating with the Spirits of Animals
Children and the Paranormal Psychic Kids
The Afterlife Chronicles Presentation
Animals and the Afterlife
Children and the Paranormal

This presentation highlights the undying connection between mortality and the afterlife, showcasing the beautiful interconnection between both worlds through the pureness of experiences.  In addition to discussion about near-death experiences, grief and loss, spirit communication, spirit guides, and the role of innate intuition, this captivating presentation will share life-changing experiences people have had with the spirit realm. 

This presentation is all about animals and the afterlife.  It will discuss why animals are highly intuitive and the ways they come to us in spirit form.  Nicole will share some profound spirit encounters she’s had with her beloved cats, Max and Kayli.   She’ll talk about the times she’s visited with them in astral form.   

This class 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.  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 Ghosts | ETs | Elementals | Cryptids | Other Dimensions
History of Spiritualism Communicating with Spirits
Trends in Paranormal Research and Investigation
Ghostology
Trends in Paranormal Research

This course 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.;  how to survive a haunting and classic cases of hauntings from around the world.

In this lecture, the team addresses the history of Spiritualism, including the key individuals involved with the movement, such as the Fox Sisters, Houdini and several researchers who either supported or tried to debunk alleged psychic mediums.  Also discussed is how the movement influenced the field of paranormal research; further highlighted are the various ways those attempted to communicate with the spirit realm. 

This presentation explores various trends in the field of paranormal research and investigation and their effects on the field at large.  Discussed trends include technological advances / metaphysical instruments and their implications; spirit resolution vs. “para-tainment”; getting rid of “ego” and educational development. 

Developing a Paranormal Research and Investigation Team
Documentation in
Paranormal Research and Investigation
History and Hauntings of the RMS Queen Mary
Developing a Paranormal Research and Investigation Team
Documentation in Paranormal Research and Investigation
History and Hauntings of the RMS Queen Mary

Nicole and other SDPRS members share the steps and procedures utilized for co-developing the San Diego Paranormal Research Society. Topics include: Standard Operating Procedures/Protocols, team mission statement, relevant forms, administration function, team members, conducting team meetings, case management, investigation permission, investigation principles, team website, etc. This course is a must for those who want to establish and run their own paranormal team.

In this presentation, Nicole discusses ways to properly document paranormal data (environmental monitoring data, audio, video, and photographs) and experiences (personal experiences and/or intuitive impressions) and what should be included in a paranormal research case report.  Also discussed are ideas for creating document templates for data and why it’s important to be descriptive in taking notes during a paranormal investigation.  

Nicole has been researching the RMS Queen Mary since 2005.  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.

San Diego's Most Haunted
Tulpas and Thought Projections Implications in Paranormal Research
Introduction to Paranormal Research and Investigation
San Diego's Most Haunted
Tulpas and Thought Projections
Introduction to Paranormal Research and Investigation

This presentation discusses the history and paranormal claims of various historical landmarks in San Diego, California. The San Diego Paranormal Research Society has conducted paranormal investigations at many of the sites mentioned and its highlights / paranormal collected data from its case files are discussed in depth.  Nicole also wrote a book titled, San Diego’s Most Haunted. 

This presentation discusses the origins of tulpas or “manifestations” and “emanations.”  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?  Quite possibly, yes.  For example, are some alleged negative and/or malevolent paranormal cases caused by human thought projections and tulpas? This question and more are examined in this presentation as well as how tulpas can implicate the field of paranormal research. 

This presentation goes over important aspects of paranormal research, including proper protocol and standard operating procedures; it serves as a motivator for anyone interested in learning more about paranormal research and investigating the unknown; investigation methodologies are discussed including types of equipment used in the process; samples of paranormal evidence are highlighted, including audio, photo, video and environmental monitoring. Note:  Nicole offers a “course” version of this presentation.  See classes for more information.  

Advanced Paranormal Research and Investigation
Role of Intuition and Mind / Body / Spirit In Connecting with the Afterlife and Beyond
Advanced Paranormal Research and Investigation
Role of Intuition and Mind/Body/Spirit in Connecting with the Afterlife and Beyond

This presentation builds off of “An Introduction to Paranormal Research and Investigation.” Designed for those veteran paranormal investigators in mind, Nicole discusses advanced methodology uses, evidence review, research methods and equipment usage.  Note: Nicole offers a “class” version of this presentation.  See classes for more information. 

Everyone has his or her own innate intuition.  Some people are more tapped into it than others.  It’s similar to practicing a sport – the more you work at it, the greater your skills will be.  This presentation talks about the role of intuition, common misconceptions, how it works in our daily lives, and the role it plays in connecting with the spirit world.  Note: Nicole offers a “class” version of this lecture.  See classes for more information. 

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Oceans of Paranormal

History and Hauntings of the
RMS Queen Mary

Some Past Speaking Engagements

Paranormal Conferences

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 Amy 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.
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. 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
Escondido Public Library Writer's Group
Nicole joined the Escondido Public Library's local writer's group as a special guest presenter on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
ASSAP Web Talk
Nicole was invited by the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena to give a web talk about the RMS Queen Mary's history and paranormal phenomena on October 27, 2021.
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High Schools and Colleges

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.
University of San Diego
Nicole assisted University of San Diego students on a project about paranormal research and anomalous phenomena
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Speaking Highlights

ASSAP Virtual Presentation
about the RMS Queen Mary

Escondido Public Library Presentation
The Afterlife Chronicles: Exploring the Connection between Life, Death and Beyond

Ghost Education 101
Introduction to Paranormal Investigation

Into the Outer Realms Show with Joey Madia
A Discussion on the Afterlife and Beyond

Interested in Classes on Paranormal Investigation?

Nicole offers classes on paranormal investigation and research as well as how to foster intuition and psychic senses.