Faculty

ANDREW NICHOLS, PhD. – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Andrew Nichols PhotoDr. Andrew Nichols is the founder of the AIP. He is an internationally recognized Parapsychologist and investigator of ghosts, hauntings and other parapsychological phenomena. Dr. Nichols has been a psychology professor for many years. Read Dr. Nichols' full bio HERE

BARRY TAFF, PhD. – ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR (ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER)

Barry Taff PhotoDr. Barry Taff serves as an AIP director. He earned his doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering from UCLA. He holds six medical patents. From 1969 through 1978 he worked out of the former parapsychology laboratory at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute as a research associate where he studied telepathy, precognition, and remote viewing as well as poltergeists, doppelgangers and UFOs. Dr. Taff’s research has been published in numerous journals, periodicals, magazines and books over the last 25 years. He has been the principal investigator on more than 3,500 cases of poltergeists and hauntings, one of which became the bestselling book and motion picture, ‘The Entity.’

AL PROFFIT, PhD. – RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER)

Al Proffit PhotoDr. Al Proffit is a professor at Appalachian State University. He has a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a minor in counseling. Prior to moving to western North Carolina he was a Superintendent of Schools in two states, a school principal, assistant principal, teacher and counselor. He was also a Professor of Education at Radford University in Virginia where he served as the Chair of the Department of Educational Studies.

VINCE WILSON, C. Ht – RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER)

vince jacketVince Wilson is an expert on the use of scientific technology in paranormal investigations, and has authored two books on this subject. He is currently curator of The Haunted Cottage, a paranormal museum and training facility in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Vince is a certified clinical hypnotist, and founder of the Baltimore Society for Paranormal Research. He serves as the official AIP representative for the Mid-Atlantic region, and is an authorized instructor of AIP Parapsychological Field Investigator courses and workshops.

REV. STEVEN MANESS, Ph.D., D.D. – THEOLOGICAL CONSULTANT (ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER)

Steve Maness PhotoDr. Steve Maness is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Pastoral Counseling at St. James University and Holy Trinity Seminary. He is currently Director of the Institute for Spiritual Forensics, an educational and research ministry dealing with spiritual anomalies.

ROBERT YOUNG – AIP FIELD INVESTIGATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE (ENGLAND)

Robert Young PhotoRob Young is the founder and director of the Office of Parapsychological Studies in Nottinghamshire, England. He specializes in hauntings, apparitional experiences, poltergeist phenomena and the role of RSPK on the environment and paranormal experiences associated with UFO encounters. He holds advanced certificates in Parapsychology and metaphysics, is certified as a parapsychologist by the American Institute of Parapsychology, and is a member of the Rhine Research Center. He is the author of numerous articles on parapsychological topics for the online journal Phenomena.

THERESA M. KELLY, MsD. - SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANT (ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER)

Theresa M. Kelly PhotoDr. Theresa M. Kelly is a parapsychologist and metaphysicist, and is the President of the University of Alternative Studies, which offers interdisciplinary education with a focus on scientific parapsychology and paraphysics. She also serves as Director of Psychical Research and Development at QPPResearch, a research and development organization in the field of consciousness studies. Since 1998, Dr. Kelly has pioneered techniques in the fields of psychical research (psychical profiling/personality parapsychology), paranormal investigations, and spiritual counseling, and developed the Psychical Profiling Assessment (PPA) for use by clinicians counseling individuals reporting extrasensory experiences. She is the author of various technical papers on parapsychological topics and six books including: Clinical Parapsychology: Extrasensory Exceptional Experiences, Classification and Statistical Manual of Extrasensory Experiences, CSM-EE, Empathy: A Quantum Approach, Telepathy: A Quantum Approach, Clairvoyance: A Quantum Approach, and Quantum Psychics: Scientifically Understand, Control, and Enhance Your Psychic Ability. Prof. Kelly is a Professional Member of the Rhine Research Center (RRC), and the Metaphysical Society of America

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