Pathway to Perinormal*

Bobbie AtristainBobbie Atristain founded the Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation on May 15, 2000. We are a non-profit organization based outside of Richmond, VA.

We are Virginia’s oldest research society.

We conduct research into the paranormal in a non-metaphysical manner. One of our goals is to assist those who are experiencing problems with the paranormal. We then look for authentic data related to their paranormal activity and provide recommendations base on our findings.

Our main goal is to educate the public about the paranormal and valid methods for evaluating sites. We are seeking genuine data and are careful about the presentation of this data… ensuring that it is legitimate, researched and analyzed before being presented to the general public. We are committed to proposing new theories regarding the paranormal. We also share our research findings with others in order to further their own research. CPRI seeks to engage the public in a variety of ways and on a variety of fronts.

About Us

Brain ArticleWe use strict SCIENTIFIC methods to obtain TANGIBLE data – Data that leaves no doubt about its origin, cause and effect. Data that will be reproducible under controlled testing conditions. (example – If a ghost is residing in a home and is able to be clearly picked up by videotape, then it should be able to be clearly picked up upon testing replication.)

We are skeptics and not debunkers – skeptic means to question and debunk means to expose while ridiculing.

We are committed to proposing new theories regarding the paranormal that will be reproducible within a laboratory environment.

The credibility of the group is maintained above all else as we do not work with psychics or conduct research using metaphysical methods. We are not “Ghost Busters”, but when a case does prove to be genuine, assistance through other channels may be provided at the location owner’s request.

In addition, we do not claim to be experts in the paranormal, as no experts exist when it comes to the supernatural, no matter what anyone may claim or who may claim to be one. We are instead working to present an image of competent researchers who are collecting the most authentic empirical data possible. Research conducted under the auspices of CPRI is always held to the standards of the group and is conducted with integrity, honesty and with discretion.

CPRI is also different from “ghost hunting” organizations because we are a tangible society, not just an internet mailing list. We are a real group with active members. We conduct monthly meetings.

We also seek to educate the public about paranormal phenomena by sharing our research findings through our website, social media, and presentations at professional meetings and conferences.

Meet the Team

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Bobbie Atristain


About Bobbie

Tommy Amos


About Tommy

John Trammell, Ph.D.

Vice President

About Jack

Kenny Newsome, Ph. D.


About Kenny

Allen Slonaker

Member at Large and PR

About Allen

Robert “Brad” Bradley

Research Director

About Brad

Next Steps…

Do you need assistance with something that you believe is paranormal?

Do you want to join our research team?

Do you want to make a donation to assist us in furthering our research?