We are proud to partner with Dr. Kristin Kosyluk, Ph.D., CRC, Rehabilitation Counseling Educator and Researcher

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Dr. Kosyluk is a rehabilitation counselor and rehabilitation counseling educator and researcher.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Texas at El Paso.


Anti-Stigma Evaluation Project: This is My Brave

Summary of TIMB Evaluation Projects:

1) A pre-post survey study provides pilot data on the efficacy of the TIMB in reducing public stigma surrounding mental illness. 
Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the findings of the pre-post pilot study.

Click here to download a copy of the following manuscript reporting these findings. 

Kosyluk, K.A., Marshall, J., Rivera Macias, D., Andrus, D.T., Guerra, D., Robinson, M., Ostos, A.P., & Chapman, S. (In Press).  Examining the Impact of This Is My Brave on Mental Illness Stigma and Willingness to Seek Help: A Pilot Study. Community Mental Health Journal.

2) An RCT investigating the impact of TIMB relative to a comparison anti-stigma condition and control condition and also examines possible mediators of TIMB impact including character empathy, perceived similarity to characters, and character identification.

3) A quantitative study we are calling "the Storyteller Study" evaluating the impact of participating in TIMB performances on the performers with lived experience with mental illness.  This study frames participation in TIMB performances, publicly sharing one’s experience of mental illness, as having potential for reductions in self-stigma and increases in recovery, empowerment, and self-esteem. We hypothesize that participation in the TIMB program by people with lived experience with mental illness will lead to (from pre-performance to post-performance):

  • Greater perceived benefits of “coming out” with one’s story of mental illness.

  • Decreased symptoms of depression and/or anxiety.

  • Decreased shame and demoralization.

  • Decreased implicit stigma of mental illness.

  • Increased self-esteem.

  • Decreased self-stigma (both implicit and explicit).

  • Increased relationship closeness.

  • Increased recovery.

  • Increased empowerment.

  • Increased self-determination.

4) A qualitative Storyteller Study exploring the impact of performing in a TIMB show on performers' lives and how performers' made the decision to participate in the program.