Mental Health & Neurodiversity

3-D book mockup of THE FREELANCE ACADEMICAs a bipolar-autistic author and speaker, I give keynote talks and teach workshops on mental health and neurodiversity.

My audiences include higher education groups, attorneys, professional organizations, and more. For booking information, please contact BrightSight Speakers.


I’ve written two books on the subject and have one in the works:


✤ MOM, INTERRUPTED: A Field Guide to Neurodivergent Parenthood (In progress.)

✤ A LIGHT IN THE TOWER: A New Reckoning with Mental Health in Higher Education (University Press of Kansas, 2023).

✤ LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (Blue Crow Books, 2017). Named to BOOK RIOT’s top 5 Books to Help You Understand Higher Education and to THE PROFESSOR IS IN’s Top 12 Books About Academia.


I am also the founder of NeuroEq, an organization dedicated to the inclusion of neurodivergent riders and trainers in equestrian sports and the education of our community about neurodiversity. 


Public writing & scholarship on mental health and neurodiversity:


Column "Living Neurodivergence"
Sept. 9, 2023
With evocative storytelling and incisive research, Pryal brings a new eye to the mental health crisis that higher education has faced for decades.
University of Kansas Press, Fall 2023
West Chester University, PA
March 1, 2023
Johnson County Community College, Kansas City
Jan. 14, 2022
via Blackstone Publishing
July 29, 2022
"The End of Roe Will Worsen the Campus Mental-Health Crisis"
June 30, 2022
Part of the Hollywood Lights Series, romantic women's fiction that centers neurodiversity.
May 10, 2022
The Hollywood Lights Series is romantic women's fiction that also centers neurodiversity.
April 13, 2022
On mental health, FERPA, and higher ed
Feb. 11, 2022
Talk delivered at the Festival of Legal Learning for North Carolina attorneys
Feb. 2, 2022
For essay "The Holes We Live With" in Full Grown People Magazine
Dec. 1, 2020
Audience: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), MENASA Area
Nov. 30, 2021
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
Oct. 28, 2021
TAKE YOUR CHARMING SOMEWHERE ELSE is romantic women's fiction that also centers neurodiversity.
July 1, 2021
LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED selected as Staff Reads pick
Feb. 22, 2021
Featuring DISABILITY ACTS Magazine (
March 28, 2020
Dec. 4, 2019
On FERPA, sexual assault, and mental health
Sept. 9, 2015
On mental health and the bar exam
Aug. 7, 2014
On mental health and the bar exam
Aug. 1, 2014


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August 23, 2021