Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, M.S., is a writer from Virginia who became an activist for improved eating disorder treatment after her teen daughter recovered from anorexia. Her book, Eating With Your Anorexic (McGraw Hill), is a memoir of her family’s experience.
Laura is an affiliate member of the Academy for Eating Disorders. She has been an invited speaker for the At Home With Eating Disorders Conference, EDIC, National Eating Disorders Association, the Academy for Eating Disorders, Renfrew Foundation, Ophelia’s Place, the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program, and Eating Disorders Coalition conferences.
She has written four books, two on eating disorders. In her leisure time she tap dances and watches very very old movies.
Laura writes columns and produces podcasts on children’s mental health and has been interviewed by the Washington Post, The New York Times, BBC News, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, NPR, and the Los Angeles Times. Laura has served on the F.E.A.S.T. Board of Directors since 2007 and has held positions as Executive Director, Policy Director, Board Member, and Outreach Director from its incorporation in 2009 until 2021. Laura remains active in F.E.A.S.T. and continues to support our activities and our mission.