PRA Culture

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


Writing for Wellness: Environmental Wellness

What does environmental wellness have to do with where you work? Well if you consider that almost half of your waking hours are spent in the workplace then the environment you work in should certainly be a significant consideration when examining your overall environmental wellness.  What surrounds you every day can most certainly affect your… Read More


Playstation Controller

They say it takes a village to raise a child. This is also true of ensuring a successful transition from homelessness and serious mental illness to housing, stability, and recovery. We began working with JT when he was 20 years old. He entered foster care at a young age and was eventually adopted, but due… Read More


Multicolored confetti in a blue room

25 years…it goes by in a flash. When I started at PRA in 1993, I was 1 of 12 employees. At that time, PRA was a small one-story building at 262 Delaware Avenue. When we moved to 345 Delaware Avenue in 2000, the old building was leveled and the CVS was built in its place.… Read More


Have You Ever Heard of Elmer Ellsworth

The history of the United States is directly linked to the history of the Capital District. Not only is Albany the oldest active city charter still in operation today,[1] innovations such as the telegraph, the electric motor, the steamboat, and the railroad were first established here.[2] Many of us were taught in grade school of… Read More