Spartan Community Rallies for Victims, Change

The Detroit News (January 26, 2018)



'We do no love thy shadows': March for Survivors brings out anger, unity

MSU State News (January 27, 2018)



Forum held on Women's Lounge leads to sexual assault conversation

MSU State News (September 7, 2016)



MSU students hold sit-in over Women's Lounge

MSU State News (September 1, 2016)



Give us back our study lounge

MSU State News (September 1, 2016)



Students protest changes to MSU's Women's Study Lounge

Lansing State Journal (September 1, 2016)



Ketamine inches closer to FDA approval to treat depression

The Fix (September 2, 2016)



Hangxiety is real

The Fix (July 21, 2016)



Sex offender bill clears committee

Lansing State Journal (July 13, 2016)



Rape, trauma, and substance abuse

The Fix (April 3, 2016)



Is Michigan spending enough on campus sexual assault program?

Detroit Free Press (March 12, 2016)



Apryl Pooley neuroscientist discusses her rape and PTSD in memoir Fortitude

Soul Sciences podcast (February 3, 2016)



MSU's attempt to patch broken sexual assault policies draw criticism

MSU State News (January 27, 2016)



Sexual assault survey could spur action

American Federation of Teachers On Campus (September 24, 2015)



Same-sex marriage enters US Supreme Court, stirs local reaction

MSU State News (April 29, 2015)



Mental health week winds down with 'Embrace the Rain' night

MSU State News (April 3, 2015)



MSU grad student authors personal account of sexual assault and PTSD

WKAR Public Radio (March 26, 2015)



LETTER: Graduate employees too vital to skimp on compensation

MSU State News (March 6, 2015)



TEDxMSU brings student focus to storytelling series

WKAR Public Radio (March 4, 2015)



TEDxMSU speaker list released

MSU State News (February 20, 2015)




Apryl E. Pooley was raised in Charleston, Illinois--a small, rural college town where she stayed to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from the biological sciences department at Eastern Illinois University. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Michigan State University Neuroscience Program where she researches the effects of traumatic stress on the brain. Apryl began neuroscience research to gain a better understanding of her own life, but what she found was a drive to help other people living with PTSD. A scientist by training, a writer by practice, and an artist by nature, all of Apryl's work is inspired by the drive to make sense of the world around her and to help others do the same.

Apryl's first publication outside the scientific literature was a short story called Dichroma in author/editor Troy Blackford's "Robbed of Sleep" series (2014). Her second trade book, released on February 17, 2015, was the culmination of a three-year writing project that became her memoir, "Shadow Brain: A Neuroscientist's Journey Through PTSD and Womanhood." Shortly after self-publishing her memoir, Apryl signed a contract with Booktrope Publishers to release an expanded version of Shadow Brain. The result was Fortitude: A PTSD Memoir, released on October 16th, 2015.

In conjunction with her scientific knowledge of the effects of trauma, she relentlessly shares her own story of rape, abuse, and addiction to ensure that all victims of trauma receive the treatment and respect they deserve and to provide hope to anyone hiding in a closet. Apryl lives in Michigan with her wife and two dogs

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