Chanson D. Noether, MA

Chanson Noether is a Vice-President and Program Area Director at Policy Research Associates (PRA). In this capacity, Mr. Noether oversees a large portfolio of criminal justice and behavioral health-focused research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance initiatives for PRA. Mr. Noether also serves as the Director of SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation. As Director of SAMHSA’s GAINS Center, Mr. Noether oversees all training and technical assistance activities for the Center, including the How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses training initiative and Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) Mapping Workshops. Mr. Noether also serves as Director of the Law Enforcement and Community: Crisis Intervention Team Training Model program funded under the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s VALOR Initiative and oversees a body of BJA-funded work related to the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP). Mr. Noether has previously served as Project Director for several other initiatives at PRA, including the NIMH-funded Suicide Prevention for Justice System Gatekeepers training program and SAMHSA’s groundbreaking Women, Co-occurring Disorders, and Violence Study (WCDVS). Mr. Noether received his MA in Community Psychology and Counseling from Sage Graduate School in Albany, New York. Mr. Noether has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and publications and presents frequently at a variety of national meetings and conferences. Mr. Noether is also an adjunct professor for research and evaluation at Russell Sage College in Albany, NY. His research and practice interests include criminal justice, children and families, trauma, and peer integration, as well as training and program evaluation.