Stereotype Life: Episode 5 Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Connecting with Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal on her book, Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education. What are some of the pros and cons for keeping a psychiatric disability hidden? How do we challenge stereotypes and the notion that seeking accommodations is cheating? How do we raise awareness and change the narrative? How do we practice care for ourselves and for our students while also protecting ourselves inside of a neoliberal university system? What advice would you give to those who are thinking of leaving academia?

Highlights include:

  1. What are the pros and cons of keeping a psychiatric disability hidden? (3:04)
  2. Raising awareness and creating communities of care (7:56)
  3. How do we navigate intersectionality and de-centering authority in the classroom in terms of socioeconomic background, race, gender and other kinds of privilege (11:02)
  4. How do we challenge the narrative that people who need accommodations are faking their disability? (16:31)
  5. The mad genius stereotype (24:19)
  6. Persevering in the midst of a mental illness, the challenges of working inside a neoliberal university system, and saying “no” (30:14)
  7. Advice for those working in academia (36:30)
  8. Advice for those wanting to leave academia (40:00)

To listen to the podcast and/or view show notes, resources mentioned, our guest’s brief biography, and a downloadable, accessible PDF transcript, please visit:

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