Kristin Kosyluk

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Kristin Kosyluk
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Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling
Interim Director, Rehabilitation Counseling Program

As a rehabilitation scientist, Dr. Kosyluk’s research interests center around promoting empowerment and recovery for individuals with disabilities so that they might live the life they desire. As a rehabilitation counselor, Dr. Kosyluk views meaningful vocation—including employment, the pursuit of education, and community engagement—as a key factor in recovery and empowerment. A great deal of Dr. Kosyluk’s research has focused on stigma reduction surrounding psychiatric disability in postsecondary settings, where many students are experiencing symptoms of mental illness for the first time. Stigma is a major barrier to achieving postsecondary success and to engagement with support and treatment.

Dr. Kosyluk’s most recent research includes:

A study funded by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services using a Positive Deviance Inquiry approach to improve employment outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

A study funded by the Community-Academic Partnership Capacity Building Program (CAP2), which is examining the impact of a Photovoice intervention on individuals with lived experience with homelessness, exploring the perceptions of policy makers surrounding homelessness, and developing a Speakers’ Bureau to reduce stigma surrounding homelessness.

A randomized controlled trial (RCT) funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health aimed at improving recovery-oriented outcomes, which will bring the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) Peer-to-Peer program to the U.S.-Mexico border and examine its efficacy with a predominantly Hispanic/Latino population of individuals with serious mental illness.

A RCT examining the impact of the Honest, Open, Proud to Eliminate the Stigma of Mental Illness on College Campuses (http://comingoutproudprogram.org/) program on outcomes for a predominantly Hispanic/Latino postsecondary population.

A pilot study and follow up RCT examining the impact of This is My Brave, a theatre-based program meant to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

A Positive Deviance Inquiry project looking at improving access to Assistive Technology for individuals with disabilities in the Paso del Norte Region.

All of the above projects represent community-engaged research that meaningfully involves community partners, especially including individuals with disabilities, as equal partners in the research process. Some of Dr. Kosyluk’s community partners include the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, NAMI El Paso, the non-profit This is My Brave, and Volar Center for Independent Living. Additionally, many of these research endeavors are multidisciplinary, involving colleagues from Social Work, Communication, Engineering, and Geological Sciences. Dr. Kosyluk strongly believes that research should translate into a meaningful way to practice and highly values community-engaged scholarship as a mechanism for ensuring this outcome.


  1. Assistive Technology
  2. Community-engaged scholarship
  3. Homelessness
  4. Mental illness
  5. Peer support
  6. Positive deviance


  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  2. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  3. Cross-cutting: U.S. –Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues
  4. Other