Over the last decade, Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh has published four books as well as essays, poetry, magazine and journal articles, and humor columns.

She has been interviewed by The Washington Post, BBC, NPR, Time Magazine, and ABC News, among others.

"...distinctive and lyrical prose."

"Laugh out loud funny, witty, and touching. " 

Jenni Schaefer, Author of Life Without Ed


2014 Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and/or Advocacy, Academy for Eating Disorders    *    2011 Magic Plate Award, F.E.A.S.T.   *     2015 Women’s Plaza of Honor, The University of Arizona 


2014-2016 16 Best Eating Disorder Blogs. Healthline * 2015 AED Patient Carer Travel Scholarship, The Academy for Eating Disorders * 2012 Top 25 Eating Disorder Blogs, Eating Disorder Hope * 2012 Healthline Best of the Web * 2012 Eating Disorder Hope “Top 20” Blogs * 2016 Blogger Scholarship Award for Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit * 2012 Health Activist Hero Award Finalist at WEGO Health * 2006 1st prize for Education Writing in The Fauquier Citizen from Virginia Press Association * 2006 2nd prize Special Sections for Fauquier Times Democrat (shared) VPA * 2006 3rd prize for Combination picture and story in The Fauquier Citizen (shared) VPA * 2005 1st prize Special Projects Certificate of Merit (shared) VPA * 2001 3rd Prize Winner VPA Home & Leisure Writing competition (W3) for “Have Menorah, Will Travel”


Eating with your anorexic: How my child recovered through family-based treatment: McGraw-Hill. 2005.

Throwing starfish across the sea: (with Charlotte Bevan) CreateSpace. 2013.

Eating with your anorexic: A mother’s memoir. Biscotti Press. 2014

The Auldton Laughing Club. Biscotti Press. 2015.

The Specific Scent of Snakes. Biscotti Press. 2015.


presentations and speeches
2016:     DAR/Virginia, SCAN/Oregon, WVU/West Virginia

2015:     AHWED/Melbourne & Perth, Australia, AED ICED/Boston

2014:     M.O.M. March/Washington DC, AED/New York, EDIC/London, F.E.A.S.T./Austin

2013:     American Medical Association/Washington DC on Washington, AED ICED/Montreal, EDRS Keynote/Petaluma, California

2012:     US Congress/Washington DC, F.E.A.S.T./Alexandria Virginia, AED ICED/Austin

2011:     F.E.A.S.T. /Alexandria Virginia

2010:     AED ICED/Salzburg Austria, Renfrew/Philadelphia, EDIC/ London

2009:     NEDA/Minneapolis, The Emily Program/Minneapolis, Taylor Middle School/Warrenton, Athenry Farm/Purcellville Virginia, LFCC/Warrenton Virginia, Academy for Eating Disorders/Baltimore Maryland

2008:     University of North Carolina, Fauquier Mental Health Association/Virginia

2007:     AED ICED/Baltimore, NEDA/San Diego

2006:     Wolfson Children’s Hospital/Florida, Ophelia’s Place/New York State

2005:     Eating Disorders Coalition/Washington DC, UVA/Charlottesville, Yale Rudd Center


Huffington Post, Academy for Eating Disorders Forum, Pediatric Nursing, American Academy of Pediatrics Reaching Teens, DEED SCAN newsletter, F.E.A.S.T. Family Guide Series, Social Work License Map, Eating Disorders Resource Catalog, Advances in Eating Disorders, nationaleatingdisorders.org, empowher, Women's League Outlook International Magazine, iParenting.com, When Anorexia Came to Visit, In Ed says U said, Australian Practice Nurse's Association: Primary Times, Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine, Eating for Life Alliance, A collaborative approach to eating disorders, Building Block For Life, The Wild Ones, Home Education Learning Magazine, poodlepress, Writer's Lounge, Potomac Review, Skirt!, Transforming Anthropology Journal, Red River Review, Gundogs Online Magazine, Ikoya Media, Fairfax Times, Adoptive Families, NetNews, Home Education Magazine, Afro-American Historical Association, Virginia Home Educators Association Newsletter


Laura’s Soap Box/2007-present

Huffington Post/2009-present

Healthy Place/March 2010-August 2010

Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Laura Ingraham Show, Dom Giordano Show, Virginia Currents, PBS, Newsweek, BBC, NPR On Point, MSNBC Live Talk, NPR's 51%, Washington Post, LA Times, Toronto Sun, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, The New Statesman, Open Grove Radio, CKLW Radio, Huffington Post Live, Sex Talk Tuesday, Boom Doctors podcast, Parents to Parents Documentary, Stigma of Mental Illness, A2A Alliance Spotlight, #AEDchat, Psychiatric News, Student Health University of Kansas, Philadelphia Inquirer blog, Eating Disorders in Schools Gurze blog, Raise Healthy Eaters, Daily News, UNC Podcast, Healthy Place TV, The Women's Eye, Maitland Observer, Lansing State Journal, Parents’ Perspective Radio


Academy for Eating Disorders Associate Member 2007-present, The Virginia Writer’s Club 2015, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors 2013-2014, A2A Alliance Advocate 2013-present


public service
Fauquier Band Organization, Secretary, 2013-2015 * Virginia Stakeholders Conference, Department of Education, April 2013 * Academy for Eating Disorders ICED Planning Committee 2012-2013 * AED Parent/Carer Task Force Member (AED Forum newsletter contributor) 2006-2011 * EDC FAC co-chair 2008-2009 * EDC Virginia delegation leader 2008, 2009, 2010 * ANAD Resource Person 2007-present * Academy for Eating Disorder * ICED Planning Committee 2008-2009 * CHADD Support Group Leader Fauquier County 2007-2008  * Quarterly news editor, Afro-American Historical Assoc. of Fauquier County Jan. 2000-June 2002   * Monthly Fauquier Jewish Community Association Newsletter 2002 * Bi-monthly Community Leadership Network NetNews May 2001-June 2002 * Board member, Virginia Native Plant Society 1996-1999 * Volunteer, People Helping People project Shining Hope 1999-2000 * Fauquier Home Educators 1999-2001


At once tender and gruesomely honest"
                                    Cleveland Plain Dealer