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:

  • Key existing published scientific findings
  • Newly-breaking scientific published articles
  • Current educational options/considerations
  • Remote viewing practice targets
  • Community discussion forum
  • Remote-viewing related videos
  • Easy access to the CIA Stargate Archives
  • Remote-viewing related event listings

Our Founders

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.

President | Director

Debra Lynne Katz has a Ph.D. in Psychology and holds 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 landmark books: 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 in parapsychology. 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.

Kristin Dodd

Kristin Dodd

Secretary | Director

Kristin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and has worked in the advertising industry for just over a decade. With experience in account management and strategy, she has worked with well-known national and international brands & agencies alike. As a child she was interested in all thing’s psi & the paranormal, and she was 16 when she first learned about remote viewing. Her passion for the subject has grown significantly in recent years and she is a student of Lori Williams. Kristin has a specific interest in Controlled Remote Viewing and she believes the methodology is a powerful tool for self-development and spiritual evolution. 

William F. Higgins

William F. Higgins

Treasurer | Director

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.

John Cook

John Cook

Director

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.

Pam Coronado

Pam Coronado

Director

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.

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 U.S. military programs were declassified. Since then, she has been active in practice groups, establishing the Signal Line Remote Viewers group 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 RV 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 an open, friendly environment to discuss and practice RV. 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 Controlled Remote Viewing with Paul H. Smith. Jon runs IRVA’s Focal Point target practice program.

 Angela Thompson Smith

Angela Thompson Smith

Director

Originally trained in the U.K. as a registered nurse and social worker, Dr. Angela Thompson Smith worked in medical research. Later, she was hired by the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) Laboratory. She served for five years as a staff member, participating in almost every part of the Lab’s functions. In the mid-1990s, she trained in Controlled Remote Viewing with Paul H. Smith and Lyn Buchanan, and was one of the Founders of IRVA. Since then, she has taught others and consulted through her Mindwise Consulting company. Angela has authored several books, including SeerTactical Remote Viewing, and Scribe.

Our Advisors

Leonard Buchanan

Leonard Buchanan

Advisor

A retired Sergeant First Class in the United State Army, Lyn was a Remote Viewer, Database Manager, Property Book Officer, and Trainer in the US Army Remote Viewing Unit from 1984 to 1992. A founder and former IRVA director, he is the author of The Seventh Sense and currently executive director of Problems>Solutions>Innovations, a Controlled Remote Viewing training school, and founder of the Assigned Witness Program, a non-profit Controlled Remote Viewing applications and research corporation based in New Mexico.

Ellen Huffman-Zechman, M.D.

Ellen Huffman-Zechman, M.D.

Advisor

Ellen is a former board member of the American Board of General Practice and past president of the American Academy of General Physicians. She is a Social Security Disability Consultant and former Veteran’s Administration Disability Consultant. Currently, Ellen is the owner and director of Skin Solutions, a non-surgical aesthetics medical practice. She began her remote viewing training in 2008 and is now advising and helping to facilitate the Rhine Research Center Remote Viewing interest group.

Nancy C. Jeane

Nancy C. Jeane

Advisor

Nancy has a Master of Education degree from Lamar University with 23 years of experience as an educator in public schools. She has taken remote viewing training from most of the principle remote viewing trainers, including David Morehouse, Lyn Buchanan, Skip Atwater, Joe McMoneagle, and Paul H. Smith. She is currently an Assistant Instructor and Operational Remote Viewer for RVIS, Inc. (Paul H. Smith). Nancy also offers private CRV training in Texas. She has been a Monroe Institute Excursion Trainer and a member of the Monroe Professional Division.

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Advisor

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.

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

Advisor

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 IRVAPaul is currently president and chief instructor for Remote Viewing Instructional Services, Inc., in Cedar City, Utah.

Russell Targ

Russell Targ

Advisor

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.

Jessica Utts, Ph.D.

Jessica Utts, Ph.D.

Advisor

Jessica is a professor of statistics at the University of California at Irvine. She spent a year as a visiting scientist with the remote viewing program at SRI International in 1988-89 and was a consultant for the duration of the program at SRI and SAIC. Dr. Utts was one of the evaluators of the government remote viewing program when it was declassified in 1995.  She is the author of numerous books on statistics, and is a former IRVA director.

Our Past Presidents

John Cook

John Cook

President | Director

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.  As a viewer, he has contributed to both research and operational RV & psi projects, and has a keen interest in the intersection of the physical & non-local aspects of consciousness – in particular how they relate to topics as diverse as precognition, synchronicity, art, artificial intelligence, and personal growth.

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

2015 - 2016, 2006 - 2010

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 IRVAPaul is currently president and chief instructor for Remote Viewing Instructional Services, Inc.

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, consulting 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 the founder of the non-profit Project Search for Hope. She also provides training for those interested in assisting with psychic detective work.

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 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
  • Patricia S. Cyrus
  • Jerry V Di Trolio
  • C Kelley Ellis
  • Dave Gannon
  • Tammy Haynes
  • Shane Ivie
  • Ronald Kuhn
  • 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
  • Елена

Sustainer

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

Tasker

  • Mike Adamo
  • Koprinka Aksaray
  • Tom Atwater
  • Alice Bain
  • Joshua W Bannister
  • Deborah Behr
  • Otho Behr
  • John K Best
  • Shane Blaufuss
  • Gregory A. Bode
  • Gregg Bowington
  • Giulio Brandi
  • Michelle Calabro
  • Michael Cei
  • Brooks Childs
  • Cindy
  • Charmaine Coates
  • Elaine Courtney
  • Michael Dagenais
  • Jay Davis
  • Amelia Alice Dickson
  • David Eiche
  • Linda (Buff) Etheridge
  • Brett Ferrell
  • Arnaldo Ferruggiaro
  • Rose Finney
  • Scarlet Fox
  • Christina L. Frantz
  • Catherine Garcia
  • Dayvid V Gardiner
  • William Gattis
  • Haddadi
  • Thomas Hair
  • Stephen Hall
  • Gracen Hook
  • Richard Iardella
  • Edmund Chan III
  • Renee Johnson
  • Matt Judge
  • Kiauhmitl Junck
  • John King
  • Verica Klokic
  • Richard Krankoski
  • Stéphane Lacroix
  • Shane Laugherty
  • Kathleen (Katie) Jane Long
  • Donald Lord
  • Lisa Lucas
  • Andra Maguran
  • John Maillard
  • Erin McInerney-Prichard
  • Cindy Miller
  • Leendert Moerman
  • Elly Molina
  • Mick Montgomery
  • Greg Morochove
  • Julia Mossbridge
  • Kevin Pendley
  • Tammy Heath Pierson
  • Hal Puthoff
  • Sunny Red
  • Yadiel Perez Ricart
  • Jana Rogge
  • Collin Rudnitski
  • Joseph Sadler
  • Anthony Saluta
  • Sam Sam
  • Alexander Schachtel
  • Dave Sell
  • Nikki Wardwell Sleath
  • Dr. Jerry Smith
  • Jonathan St-Louis
  • Dave Thall
  • Dr. C.M. Chantal Toporow
  • Nicholas Tsokris
  • Joyce Wahlberg
  • Vance West
  • Jeremy Winge
  • Emi Yagishita