About IRVA

Our Story

The International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA) was organized March 18, 1999, by selected scientists and practitioners meeting in Alamogordo, New Mexico in conjunction with the first professional conference on Remote Viewing in Ruiduso, New Mexico.

The concluded objective was to create an organization that would provide a mechanism for evaluating the discipline called “remote viewing”, encourage scientifically sound research, propose ethical standards and provide overview educational information to the remote viewing community and general public.

IRVA’s primary goal is to provide an unbiased approach relative to information, training, research and education regarding Remote Viewing.

One of IRVA’s major tasks is to maintain a credible and responsible Remote-Viewing focused internet site which presents:

Our Founders

The Founders of the International Remote Viewing Association

Photo Courtesy of Robert M. Knight

(Standing – left to right)

  • Hal Puthoff – Co-founder of  SRI’s remote viewing program
  • David Hathcock – Organizing facilitator and retired business executive
  • John Alexander – US Army Colonel (ret.) Special Forces and Intelligence
  • Lyn Buchannan – Former US Army remote viewer and trainer
  • Paul H. Smith – Former US Army remote viewer and trainer
  • Skip Atwater – Former US Army RV unit operations and training officer
  • Angela Thompson Smith – RV researcher, author and trainer
  • Macello Truzzi – Professor of Sociology Eastern Michigan University

(Seated – left to right)

  • Russell Targ – Co-founder of  SRI’s remote viewing program
  • Stephan Schwartz – Author and remote viewing researcher

Our Team

Debra Lynne Katz, Ph.D.

Debra Lynne Katz, Ph.D.

Director | President

Debra has a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is the founder and Director of the International School of Clairvoyance. She is the author of: The Complete Clairvoyant: A Trilogy; You Are Psychic: The Art of Clairvoyant Reading and Healing; Extraordinary Psychic: Proven Techniques to Master Your Natural Abilities; Freeing the Genie Within, and Associative Remote Viewing: The Art & Science of Predicting Outcomes for Sports, Financials, Elections, and the Lottery. Debra is an accomplished remote viewer, clairvoyant, medium, energy healer, and a researcher. She’s a former Federal Probation Officer and TV show host.

Dale Graff

Dale Graff

Vice President | Director
With degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Physics and an extensive background in research and applications of psi phenomena, Dale became involved with remote viewing research in 1976 as the Department of Defense contract manager for RV research at the Stanford Research Institute and then eventually a director of Stargate, the military Remote Viewing program. Currently, Mr. Graff presents seminars and workshops for individuals through Psi-Seminars-Initiative. His dream seminar focus is on precognition and healing potential. His published books include Tracks in the Psychic Wilderness and River Dreams.
William F. Higgins

William F. Higgins

Director | Treasurer

Bill is a businessman and resident of New York City. He is a former Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a Naval Reserve officer who has been associated with remote viewing and psychokinesis research since 1989. As a former director of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research program (PEAR), he assisted in funding their process patent on the effect of intention on random events. Bill is a former vice-president of IRVA and currently a director and vice-president of the Rhine Research Center. He is IRVA’s longest-serving director.

Lily Efflorescence

Lily Efflorescence

Director

Lily is a professional remote viewer and RV project manager. Her work has been featured in Chronicles of a Psychic Spy. Lily is Director of IRVA ED and managed the IRVA 2022 Online Conference. She has an eclectic background - originally trained in TransDimensional Systems with John Vivanco and Heather, then working with Jon Knowles on his Alphabetics experiment which ignited a passion for Alphanumerics. She has studied with Julia Mossbridge and Nancy du Tertre, and is currently studying with Debra Katz in her MasterClass Series. Lily resides in Canada, where she manages personal Investments.

Patty Gallagher

Patty Gallagher

Director

Patty holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked with outpatient and hospitalized developmentally disabled adults. She later pursued an art career studying at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, receiving a graphic art, digital media, and photography certificate. Her interest in RV began when the military programs were declassified. Since then, she has been active in practice groups, establishing the Signal Line Remote Viewers in 2000. She publishes an RV webpage and monitors a weekly target practice group. Patty was featured in Eight Martinis Magazine Vol. 14 “Trainers,” and has presented at the IRVA Conference.

Jon Noble

Jon Noble

Director

After first experiencing remote viewing during a conference with pioneers Russell Targ and Stephan Schwartz, Jon has made it a mission to promote the practice and introduce it to others. To that end, he ran a practice group from 2011 to 2019 in NYC to provide a friendly environment for discussion and practice. Based on experiences from these meetings, Jon wrote Natural Remote Viewing—A Practical Guide to the Mental Martial art of Self-Discovery. He has subsequently trained with Skip Atwater at the Monroe Institute and in CRV with Paul H. Smith. Jon runs IRVA’s Focal Point practice group.

Cindy Miller Ph.D.

Cindy Miller Ph.D.

Director

Cindy's interests include the broader topic of anomalous and non-local phenomena of which Remote Viewing may be a modality.   She holds a bachelors and masters degree in mathematics, doctorate in engineering management and systems engineering, completed over 50 hours of graduate work in international relations, and was President and Chief Operating Officer of an internationally focused non-profit organization. Her scientific and analytical experience includes contributing to projects and research in sensor systems, high-energy physics, dynamical systems, modeling and simulation, quantum theory, and artificial intelligence.

Our Past Presidents

John Cook

John Cook

2016 - 2022

John has been entangled with remote viewing since 1998. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology but has worked in information technology and as a business analyst for 24 years, most of that time at a multinational pharmaceutical company. John has contributed to research and operational remote viewing and psi projects as a viewer. He has a keen interest in the intersection of the physical and non-local aspects of consciousness, particularly how they relate to topics as diverse as precognition, synchronicity, art, artificial intelligence, and personal growth. John Cook is a former IRVA president.

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

2006 - 2010, 2015 - 2016

A retired Major in the United States Army,  Paul was a seven-year veteran of the military remote viewing program, and author of the remote-viewing program’s Coordinate Remote Viewing (CRV) Training Manual.  He is author of Reading the Enemy’s Mind: Inside Star Gate: America’s Psychic Espionage Program and The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing: The Secret Military Remote Perception Skill Anyone Can Learn.  He is a founder and former president and director of IRVA.  Paul is currently president and chief instructor for Remote Viewing Instructional Services, Inc., in Cedar City, Utah.

Glenn B. Wheaton

Glenn B. Wheaton

2015
Glenn B. Wheaton, Sergeant First Class, US Army (ret.) is the co-founder and president of the long-running non-profit Hawaii Remote Viewer’s Guild (HRVG), dedicated to the research and training of remote viewing. He is a retired military intelligence professional, having served in the Army Security Agency and later in Special Forces. He retired in 1993 as Senior SIGINT Advisor for the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, and currently works in Honolulu as a radio frequency engineer.
Pam Coronado

Pam Coronado

2013 - 2015

Pam is the star of the popular television series Sensing Murder and has been involved in psi criminal work since 1996. She has consulted as a psychic detective to government and private agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on some of the nation’s highest-profile crimes. A constant advocate for victims and their families, she is search and rescue certified and volunteers with the Fowler-O’Sullivan Foundation. Pam also provides training for those interested in assisting with psychic detective work. Pam Coronado is IRVA’s a former presi­dent and vice president of IRVA.

John P. Stahler

John P. Stahler

2010 - 2013

John, formerly president of a San Diego electronics design and manufacturing firm specializing in digital video processing devices, has been awarded several domestic and international patents. His designs have flown as experiments in NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. He is a co-investigator in the IRVA sponsored CRV-REG Study and served as IRVA’s secretary, vice-president, and board member. John studied CRV with Paul H. Smith, Lyn Buchanan, Ed Dames, David Morehouse, and through Psi Tech. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and studied electrical engineering and computer science.

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

2004 - 2006

Stephan is a Senior Fellow at the Samueli Institute, former Research Director of the Mobius Group, and an Associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. Author and researcher in extraordinary human performance for more than 30 years, focusing on anthropology and parapsychology. Stephan’s most recent book is Opening to the Infinite; his two classics, The Alexandria Project (1983) and The Secret Vaults of Time (1978) were revised and reissued in 2000. He has written and produced a considerable body of work in documentary film.

F. Holmes (Skip) Atwater

F. Holmes (Skip) Atwater

2002 - 2004

Skip is a retired United States Army Captain and was an Operations and Training Officer of the Army Remote Viewing Star Gate Unit from 1977 to 1987.  After retiring from the Army, Skip became Research Director at The Monroe Institute and later Executive Director. Since then he has published technical research on methods for expanding consciousness, authored the inspirational book, Captain of My Ship, Master of My Soul, and assisted hundreds of individuals in experiencing and exploring expanded states of consciousness.

Russell Targ

Russell Targ

1999 - 2002

Russell Targ, of Palo Alto, California, is a physicist, author, and retired senior staff scientist from Lockheed-Martin. He is founder of Bay Research Institute, and ESP Research.com. Russell was a pioneer in the development of remote viewing and co-founder of the Stanford Research Institute’s investigation into psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s. Russell has authored many titles including Do You See What I See?: Memoirs of a Blind Biker and Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness. He is a founder, former director, and President Emeritus of IRVA.

Our Member Honor Roll

Lifetime

  • Jodeau Anderson
  • Julia Ashley
  • David Barnes
  • Fm Bonsall
  • Fulvio Boselli
  • Arie Brandwijk
  • Ryan Burns
  • Jeremy Cooper
  • Mike Corriveau
  • Patricia S. Cyrus
  • Jerry V Di Trolio
  • Djdl
  • C Kelley Ellis
  • Dave Gannon
  • Tammy Haynes
  • Shane Ivie
  • Christopher Jordan
  • Ronald Kuhn
  • Sean Mahoney
  • Tomi Christine Owens
  • Colleen Page
  • Sandeep Papudesi
  • Marshall Payn
  • Charles Peltosalo
  • Jeff Perry
  • Greg Radabaugh
  • Nancy Reinhardt Smith
  • Linda K. Rodkey
  • Carla Stevens
  • Dr. Karen Stevens
  • Chandler Vreeland
  • Joyce Wahlberg
  • Елена

Sustainer

  • Michelle Beltran
  • Matt Berggren
  • Cheryl Gazdik
  • Joffre Perreault

Tasker

  • Abraham Ackermann
  • Mike Adamo
  • Koprinka Aksaray
  • Diana Anz-Meador
  • Luciano Arruda
  • Tom Atwater
  • Alice Bain
  • Joshua W Bannister
  • Deborah Behr
  • Otho Behr
  • Shane Blaufuss
  • Gregory A. Bode
  • Gregg Bowington
  • Giulio Brandi
  • Michelle Calabro
  • Michael Cei
  • Brooks Childs
  • Charmaine Coates
  • Elaine Courtney
  • Michael Dagenais
  • Jay Davis
  • Amelia Alice Dickson
  • David Eiche
  • Linda (Buff) Etheridge
  • Arnaldo Ferruggiaro
  • Rose Finney
  • Scarlet Fox
  • Christina L. Frantz
  • Teresa Frisch
  • Catherine Garcia
  • William Gattis
  • Haddadi
  • Thomas Hair
  • Kate Hendricks
  • Christian Hoerist
  • Gracen Hook
  • Richard Iardella
  • Edmund Chan III
  • Gale Jesse
  • Eugene J Joanen
  • Renee Johnson
  • Walter Jordan
  • J. Matthew Judge
  • Kiauhmitl Junck
  • Sarah Key
  • John King
  • Verica Klokic
  • Richard Krankoski
  • Stéphane Lacroix
  • Dirk Larimer
  • Shane Laugherty
  • Brian Lawlan
  • Amber Lee
  • Christa Lewis
  • Lisa Lucas
  • Andra Maguran
  • John Maillard
  • Erin McInerney-Prichard
  • Padraig O' Meara
  • Leendert Moerman
  • Elly Molina
  • Mick Montgomery
  • Greg Morochove
  • Julia Mossbridge
  • David Pawlowski
  • Kevin Pendley
  • Hal Puthoff
  • Andrew Rhodes
  • Yadiel Perez Ricart
  • Jana Rogge
  • Collin Rudnitski
  • Joseph Sadler
  • Anthony Saluta
  • Sam Sam
  • Alexander Schachtel
  • Dave Sell
  • Justin Shoemaker
  • Hank Showers
  • Nikki Wardwell Sleath
  • Dr. Jerry Smith
  • Jonathan St-Louis
  • Christopher Summers
  • Dave Thall
  • Dr. C.M. Chantal Toporow
  • Nicholas Tsokris
  • Beth Vaughan
  • Joyce Wahlberg
  • Vance West
  • Jeremy Winge
  • Emi Yagishita