Parapsychology is the study of psychic phenomena. The term was first used in the 1930s to replace psychical research. It studies things like ESP, clairvoyance, telekinesis, telepathy, near-death experiences, and our favorite pastime – ghosts.
The United Kingdom has university programs dedicated to it. The most famous is The University of Edinburgh. The United States – not so much. There are a few universities that have departments like Duke University, The University of Arizona and The University of Virginia. Most American schools use private donations to fund their research.
In general, ghost hunters have to learn from online sources – which may not be very credible – or from books we buy online or in an occult bookstore. There is no certification required to become a parapsychologist, so review someone’s experience to measure their quality.
As for Ghostly Activities, we don’t have a trained parapsychologist in the group. Saleen is the closest one we have; she’s psychic. Jake has studied it in depth, but he hasn’t worked as a parapsychologist.
The best known parapsychologists are Lloyd Auerbach (caricature above), JB Rhine, Henry Sidgwick, Margaret Mead, Robert Sheldrake and Robert Morris.