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Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE): Creating Economic Self-Sufficiency

Dates: 9/30/2018-9/29/2023
Funder: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
Funding: $2,374,954
PI(s): Michelle G. Mullen, MS, CRC, CPRP and Marsha Langer Ellison, Ph.D.

Description: The goal of this project is to create a career development program, Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE), to improve the negative education and employment outcomes of young adults with mental health conditions (MHC). The HYPE program aims to minimize disruptions of post-secondary education and promote degree completion to drive competitive employment in meaningful careers and financial self-sufficiency. Project activities include: (1) conducting a fully-powered randomized trial testing HYPE’s efficacy; (2) establishing implementation sites meeting HYPE fidelity standards; (3) providing high quality HYPE-coordinated postsecondary education and employment services; (4) recruiting and retaining college students; (5) and collecting and analyzing data on HYPE recipients and an active control group of college students over two years related to academic progression and performance, and employment in benefitted jobs. Project outcomes include developing HYPE data and products in preparation for wider implementation, and scale-up testing and adoption. Dissemination products include a mobile application on accommodations; peer-reviewed publications, policy white paper, and cost-analysis; informational tip sheets, webinars, presentations; and HYPE webpage.


Thompson, J. L., Holloway, K., Karyczak, S., Serody, M., Lane, I. A., Ellison, M. L., Gill, K. J., Davis, M., & Mullen, M. G. (In press). Evaluating Educational and Employment Services for Young People with Psychiatric Conditions: A Systematic Review. Psychiatric Services.