Professor Kristin Kosyluk, Ph.D.

Introducing Dr. Kristin Kosyluk, PhD: Leading the Revolution in Mental Health Recovery Through Lived Experience Narratives

Redefining Mental Health and Wellbeing:

“The Clinical and Scientific Evidence of Lived Experience and Determination in Utilizing TriggerHub”

Scientifically and Independently Authenticated: Lived Experience is the Proven Core Component of Mental Health Recovery and Prosperity

Professor Kristin Kosyluk, Ph.D.

Dr. Kristin Kosyluk stands at the forefront of mental health research in the United States, driving a paradigm shift that holds the potential to reverse the escalating mental health crisis.

Through her groundbreaking work, she has unveiled a powerful truth: “lived experience” narratives have the unparalleled ability to combat mental health stigma, conquer procrastination, and accelerate individuals’ journeys toward seeking essential, and often critical, help.

Awards & Honours:

Granted Tenure at the University of South Florida
June 2024

Dean’s Outstanding Research Award
Spring 2023

College of Behavioral and Community Sciences International Collaboration Travel Award
Spring 2023

Outstanding Behavioral Health Researcher Award from the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute
Fall 2022

Academic Appointments:



Dr. Kosyluk has over a decade of academic appointments at some of the US’s most revered institutions including:

The University of South Florida, The University of Texas at El Paso and The Illinois Institute of Technology




Dr. Kosyluk has over 42 publications in some of the US’s most esteemed academic publications, including:

American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Social Psychology and the Journal of Mental Health

Dr. Kosyluk's research
has found that
Experience Narratives:

Reduce mental health stigma
and procrastination and accelerate the
time in which it takes an individual to
seek help.

Breaking the Silence: Redefining Mental Health Recovery

Dr. Kosyluk’s pioneering research has scientifically proven that lived experience narratives are fundamental to mental health recovery. These narratives alone hold the unequivocal power to break-down age-old, but outdated, barriers, dismantle stigmas, and inspire change on a global scale.

Without these narratives, Dr. Kosyluk hypothesizes that the mental health crisis will persist, leaving countless individuals trapped in isolation due to stigma and procrastination, unable to seek the support they urgently need.

Dr. Kosyluk's Pioneering Research:

Uncovering the Invisible: The Limitations of Current Data

In a world where data and analytics from mental health apps capture only a fraction of the true struggle, Dr. Kosyluk challenges conventional wisdom. She emphasizes that the existing data fails to account for those who silently bear their burdens, shrouded by shame and isolation.

The key ingredient to a true and genuine understanding lies in lived experience narratives, which have been scientifically proven to catalyze a transformative increase in the number of individuals seeking help, uncovering the REAL TRUTH and enabling help to reach those most in need.

"One day we won’t have to call it 'brave' to talk openly about mental illness.

We’ll simply call it talking."

Empowering Voices, Changing Lives

Dr. Kosyluk envisions a future where lived experiences illuminate the path to recovery for those trapped in turmoil, isolated by invisible barriers and internal battles.

By placing lived experiences at the forefront of mental health care, we can revolutionize the way in which society views mental illness, dismantling taboos and fostering open conversations about the reality of mental health.

Together, guided by Dr. Kristin Kosyluk's pioneering research, we can create a world where mental health recovery and prosperity is not just a distant dream, but a tangible reality accessible to all.

Insights for Empowerment:

Dr. Kristin Kosyluk's Latest Wisdom on Mental Health Recovery

Professor Kristin Kosyluk, Ph.D.

30th April 2024

Live Tampa Bay is part of a statewide initiative in the U.S. state of Florida, funded by the Florida Blue Foundation. It aims to drastically reduce the number of opioid-related fatalities by bringing together business, faith, and philanthropic leaders in key markets throughout Florida.

Live Tampa Bay is implementing a data-informed approach to community stigma reduction in six Florida counties: Polk, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, and Sarasota. Live Tampa Bay is harnessing the power of lived experience to increase social awareness and positive contact by involving individuals in recovery to share their stories of overcoming.

They will record 200 stories of those who have been impacted by the overdose epidemic and are either in recovery or have lost a loved one. These stories are being shared via social media (both boosted and organic reach), pre-roll, television, and on the Live Tampa Bay website. Dr. Kristin Kosyluk, Trigger Hub’s Chief Scientific Advisor and Assistant Professor in the University of South Florida’s Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, is leading the evaluation of this work.

We anticipate that those who watch the campaign videos will feel more equipped to discuss the stigma surrounding addiction and gain a better understanding of addiction as a medical illness. Additionally, they will recognize the role of medication, particularly in treating opioid addiction. They will also be more willing to purchase or obtain naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose, to revive an overdosing person. Moreover, they will experience a reduction in desired social distance, a measure of discrimination, from people with addiction compared to those who are not exposed to the campaign.

As Sean will explain in this interview, the campaign received 2.5 million social media impressions in its first week. This is an amazing example of the power of lived experience to reduce stigma and save lives!

You can follow the campaign:

On the Live Tampa Bay website

Live Tampa Bay Instagram

Live Tampa Bay TikTok

Exclusive Lived Experience content access including 'Beyond The Red Zone' by BJ Daniels