Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

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Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
Abbreviation PRA
Formation 1974; 43 years ago (1974)
  • Jerry Dincin
  • Lois Evey
  • Samuel Grob
  • Julius Lanoil
  • Chris MacFadden
  • Marshall Rubin
  • Irv Rutman
  • James Schmidt
  • David Shiel
  • Donald Springer
  • Florence Strindberg
  • Henry Tanaka
  • Marvin Weinstein
Founded at Pennsylvania
Legal status Nonprofit
Headquarters 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA
Fields Psychosocial & psychiatric rehabilitation
Colleen Eubanks
Casey Ward Goldberg
VP, Public Policy
Cherilyn Cepriano
Main organ
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Mission PRA grows and trains the recovery workforce.
Formerly called
  • United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
  • International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services
[1] [2] [3]

The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) is a professional association for practitioners of psychiatric rehabilitation who serve persons and families living with psychiatric disorders.[3] As of 2016, Colleen Eubanks is Chief Executive Officer.[2]


PRA was incorporated in 1974 as the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services. It was founded by the directors of the original 13 psychosocial rehabilitation centers in the United States,[1] PRA promotes evidence-based recovery from mental illness practice and works with government agencies, universities and other institutions. In 2004, the name changed to United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. In 2013, it removed the national designation from its name and became the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.[1]


In 1982, PRA partnered with the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University to publish the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.[1] The journal is now published quarterly in collaboration with the American Psychological Association.[4][5] PRA also publishes two newsletters: Recovery Update (weekly) and PsyR Connections (quarterly).[4]

Professional certification[edit]

The PRA issues the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, a professional certification designation recognized in 13 states in the U.S. as a qualification for mental health practitioners (with an additional 4 states pending): Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


  1. ^ a b c d "Our History". Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. Archived from the original on 7 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Staff". Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "About PRA". Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Knowledge Center". Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal". American Psychological Association. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 

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