Illness Management & Recovery Treatment Integrity Scale & Intervention Development



NIMH R21 Grant


9/15/12 – 8/31/14

Contact: Kim Mueser


Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is a program designed to help people with severe mental illness better manage their mental illnesses by providing education and coping skills. Fidelity to program models has been linked with outcomes in other evidence-based practices (EBP). Although IMR has a program-level fidelity scale, clinician-level fidelity may be more appropriate for IMR given its complex clinical nature. Our research team has created a clinician-level fidelity scale and found it to be reliable. Additionally, although EBP-focused supervision has been shown to increase fidelity to program models, there is little specification of the necessary components of such supervision or guidelines for IMR.

The current project includes four aims: 1) establish the content validity of the IMR Treatment Integrity Scale (IT-IS), 2) test the construct validity of the IT-IS, 3) develop an IMR-specific, collaborative goal-setting supervision intervention, and 4) pilot the intervention’s efficacy. In order to accomplish these aims, the research team will first conduct a survey of IMR experts. Second, the research team will track IMR fidelity and determine correlation with changes in outcomes for consumers participating in IMR groups. Third, the research team will develop an IMR-specific, goal-setting intervention and use a wait-list, crossover design, to test the association between receipt of the intervention and increased IMR fidelity.


Indiana University/Purdue University, IN Staff Role
Alan B. McGuire, Ph.D Principal Investigator
John McGrew, Ph.D. Co-Investigator
Angela RollinsPh.D. Co-Investigator
Michelle P. Salyers, Ph.D. Co-Investigator
Dominique White, B.A. Project Director
BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Staff Role
Kim T. Meuser, Ph.D. Co-Investigator
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Role
Thomas Bartholomew, Ph.D. Co-Investigator


No documents are available at this time. Please use the project contact for specific inquiries.


Inquiries related to the project should be addressed to:

Kim Mueser
Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
940 Commonwealth Avenue West, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215