What is an OnTrackNY research summary?

Our research summaries summarize peer-reviewed publications focused on quality improvement or research conducted to help us learn & improve the program.

Research Focus

This study aimed to explore whether brief video interventions can reduce public stigma towards individuals with psychosis. Read the full study.


More than two-thirds of people with psychosis worldwide receive no mental health care, at least in part because of stigma embedded in systemic or structural discrimination. Public stigma is a barrier to care and increases the duration of untreated psychosis among individuals with first-episode psychosis.

What Did We Do?

Using a crowdsourcing platform (Amazon Mechanical Turk), we recruited and assigned 1,055 participants ages 18–30 years old to a brief video-based intervention, a written vignette intervention containing the same material, or to a non-intervention control condition. We assessed public stigma at baseline, post-intervention, and at 30-day follow up.

Figure 1: Study participants (N=1,055)

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For example, the 90-second video featured a 22-year-old African American woman with schizophrenia. Her emotional description of having a meaningful and productive life helped humanize her illness.

What Did We Find?

As hypothesized, this emotional video-based intervention had significantly greater potency than the vignette and control conditions in reducing stigma across all domains at the post-intervention assessment.

Figure 2: Mean stigma scores over time

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What's Next?

This research study informed the redesign of the OnTrackNY home page which now centers around the presentation of person-focused stories and videos.


1. Amsalem D, Markowitz JC, Jankowski SE, Yang LH, Valeri L, Lieff SA, Neria Y, Dixon LB. Sustained effect of a brief video in reducing public stigma toward individuals with psychosis: a randomized controlled trial of young adults. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2021 Jul;178(7):635-42.

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