PRA Celebrates and Recognizes Leaders in the Psych Rehab Community


PRA Celebrates and Recognizes Leaders in the
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Community

PRA Dincin Fellows and Awards of Distinction recipients honored at
behavioral health conference for their significant contributions to the field


(McLean, VA, July 9, 2015) – The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) is proud to announce the 2015 PRA Dincin Fellows and Awards of Distinction recipients. PRA honored the most accomplished professionals in psychiatric rehabilitation during the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2015 Annual Conference, June 1-4 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The PRA Dincin Fellows are members who have reached a level of distinction in the professional practice of psychiatric rehabilitation and advancement of the field. A PRA Dincin Fellow’s contributions extend beyond his or her individual job to a wider sphere of influence. Through educational achievement, validation of competency through advanced credentials, research initiatives, publication and advocacy initiatives, a PRA Dincin Fellow will have made a mark as a psychiatric rehabilitation professional of distinction.
PRA honors and applauds this year’s Dincin Fellow recipients:

  • Bev Disen, MS, CPRP, LifeStream Behavioral Center
  • E. Sally Rogers, ScD, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University

View a full list of PRA Dincin Fellow recipients from previous years.


In addition to celebrating the Dincin Fellows at the Recovery Workforce Summit, PRA also honored its Awards of Distinction recipients. These award recipients are exceptional leaders who inspire others, set the pace for performance, excel the movement and nurture success.


“Since the 1970s, PRA has been extraordinarily fortunate to have outstanding leaders and researchers who have made significant contributions to the field of psychiatric rehabilitation,” said Dori Hutchinson, ScD, CPRP, PRA Board Chair. “This year we honored eleven people who have distinguished themselves with their advocacy, practices, research and leadership. These people stand as mentors and examples for the behavioral healthcare workforce of today.”


The 2015 Awards of Distinction recipients are:

  • Practitioner Award: Beth Nation, CPRP, Mon Yough Community Services
  • Board of Directors’ Award: Scott Stossel, Editor, The Atlantic
  • John Beard Award: Jodi Smith, MEd, LPC, CPRP, Heritage Health – Family Support Services
  • Irvin Rutman Award: Debbie Pavick, LCSW, Thresholds
  • Armin Loeb Award: Maryann Davis, PhD, Transitions RTC/University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Multicultural Award: Nesha Breashears, Thresholds
  • Leroy Spaniol Educator Award: Anne Sullivan-Soydan, Sc.D., CPRP, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University
  • Leroy Spaniol Educator Award: Arlene Solomon, MS, CRC, CPRP, Horizon House
  • Isaiah Uliss Advocate Award: Angela Ostholthoff-Hamblin, Recovery Center of Hamilton County

View a full list of award criteria and past award recipients.


“The Dincin Fellows are long-standing leaders within our association. Both have made strong commitments to psychiatric rehabilitation in the United States and internationally,” said Lisa Razzano, PhD, CPRP, PRF Board Chair. “Their work has not only expanded the reach of psychiatric rehabilitation within services programs and mental health systems, but also promoted the vital role of psychiatric rehabilitation within the constantly changing behavioral healthcare environment.”


To learn more about PRA’s awards programs, visit the PRA Dincin Fellows page and the Awards of Distinction page.

About the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA):  As the nonprofit organization focused on growing and training the recovery workforce, the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, is the preeminent association for the development, support, and dissemination of information about the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery. PRA believes that the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation leads to recovery, and thus is committed to the growth of psychiatric rehabilitation in both quantity and quality, and to the universal availability of state-of-the-art psychiatric rehabilitation services for all individuals with mental illness who seek such services. For more information, visit


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