PRA Culture

Pink notebook on a pink desk with a plant, pen, and paper surrounding the book

At PRA, we have a number of “boards” around the office.  These boards are bulletin boards maintained by staff and various committees to share information and materials with staff.  For example, our Cultural Competence Board, maintained by PRA’s Cultural Competence Committee, has featured pieces on intersectionality, implicit bias, and trauma.  Our Wellness Board, created by… Read More


Writing for Wellness Financial Wellness

When people think about their financial wellness they are often thinking about the nasty four letter word D-E-B-T. I could tell you all about “good” debt vs. “bad” debt but I want you to read the entire blog post without your eyes glazing over. I’d much rather provide tips on how to manage, save, and… Read More


Picture of an airplane flying through the clouds

Ashley’s Favorite Food Halls In the never-ending search for good food everywhere and in particular places I’m traveling for work, I like to seek out food halls. These have popped up not only in trendy cities (even Albany!), and are typically upscale food courts, with multiple rotating or permanent vendors cooking and selling out of… Read More


Growing Clover

Recently, in conversation with someone, I was asked “if I feel lucky.” I responded by telling her I do feel lucky—in fact, sometimes I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world. What defines “luck,” though? I can tell you that when I was younger, I never felt particularly lucky. I focused more… Read More


Diverse group of hands fist bumping over a conference table

Last summer I had the privilege of attending the New York State Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc. conference on “Confronting Health Inequity.” This conference was aimed at creating a dialogue on the impact of racism on mental health. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ruth Shim, who is the Director of Cultural Psychiatry, and an associate professor… Read More


Overhead shot of a coffee cup, notebook with pen, stethoscope, computer, glasses, and cellphone

In October 2018, I had the opportunity to attend the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Annual Conference as my professional development for the year. One class I attended was particularly interesting, especially given the population we often advocate for here at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA). Judi Kosterman, Ph.D., from the… Read More


Woman standing under a cliff looking out at sea

I was in a 9-year relationship with someone who has a severe and persistent mental illness. It was the only romantic relationship I really knew, and it was something that I hoped with every piece of me would remain the same. This person was unique, intelligent, funny, and charming. This person had a series of… Read More


Running Series Part 3: Inspiring Surroundings

This is part three of a three-part running series. Read part one here. Read part two here. During a podcast I was recently listening to, one of the guests stated that research shows that living by water is good for your health.  As I looked into this claim I came across a book by Wallace Nichols… Read More


Iron on ironing board

We all talk about cultural competence. It is part of our professional development and values. But what does it mean and how do we really put cultural competence into practice? One way to operationalize cultural competence is by modifying Evidence-based Practices (EBPs). I am reminded how cultural differences can have an impact across the spectrum… Read More


PRA's 2018 Year in Review

Another year has gone by at PRA, and it seems to have done so in a blink! Each December, we gather at PRA to reflect and celebrate the year that has passed and to prepare for the year ahead. During one of PRA’s favorite traditions, the Annual State of the Firm, President Pam Robbins encouraged… Read More