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Three Selected as USF I-Corps Fellows

Three Selected as USF I-Corps Fellows

Dr. Kristin Kosyluk, Dr. Kyaien Conner, and Ms. B. Michelle Beekman of MHLP have been selected as members of the Fall 2019 cohort of USF I-Corps Fellows. The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program provides university faculty with entrepreneurial skills alongside resources to investigate and validate the commercialization of their science. The team from MHLP will work with Ms. Jennifer Marshall, co-founder of This Is My Brave, a theater-based program that invites people with lived experience with mental illness to come forward to share their story via creative expression live, on stage, for diverse audiences. Kosyluk and Marshall have been collaborating for over four years to demonstrate the efficacy of TIMB to reduce stigma and improve attitudes towards mental health and increase the belief that those with mental illness are capable of recovery. Kosyluk, Conner, and Marshall will investigate the translation of this program into short, targeted videos that can be marketed to primary care and hospital waiting room videos to encourage conversations about mental health with healthcare providers.

"We hope to learn how to frame our work so that it is marketable as a commercial product to the primary care industry," says Kosyluk.