Who We Are...



Aside from penning The Trauma Brain Project, Dayle Ann’s screenplay, Unspoken, could be called an “unconscious prequel” as it deals with turn-of-the-century, trauma-based anxiety, panic and depression in a character who has also been medicated and misdiagnosed with “hysteria.” A five-time finalist script, it placed in the top 15 percent of the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and showcased at the IFP Market in NYC. The Winter House Haunting, also a multi-finalist screenplay, placed in the top 20 percent of the Nicholl Fellowships and took second place in the Cynosure Screenwriting Competition in LA; she is adapting it for the stage. Her play, Either/Or, was part of the Midtown Int’l Theatre Festival (MITF) in NY (Nom: Playwright's Award), and was a top three finalist with the Moondance Int’l Festival. She is a past presenter in the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop for Castles (book and lyrics) based on a Herman Raucher novel, and co-authored Christmas Carol...ed!, with Dan Cooney, which had its world premiere at the Encore Musical Theatre in Dexter, MI.  Other current projects include New World Comin', a 60's musical which began development with students at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and The Long Lost Land of Color, a young readers novel.  NYU graduate, Dramatists Guild, WGA

 "...an incredible piece of dramatic writing...."


Project Advisors

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Patricia A. Gibson, MSSW, DHL, ACSW

PATRICIA GIBSON is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine where she provides individual, group and family counseling and is actively involved in medical student, nursing, patient and community education. She also serves as Director of the Epilepsy Information Service, a nationwide telephone information line for patients and their family members in operation since 1979. Ms. Gibson received her Masters of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Tennessee. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Queens University in Charlotte, NC. Ms. Gibson has organized and conducted numerous state, regional, and more than 40 national and international conferences on epilepsy. She set up the Epilepsy Medication Fund for the state of North Carolina in 1987 and conducts numerous fundraisers for this Fund. She has received national and international awards for her work to improve the care of those with epilepsy. She presently serves as the volunteer Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation of North Carolina.

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Ann Marie Collier, M.D.

DR. COLLIER is a Neurologist and Integrative Epileptologist. She serves as medical director of the St. Mary’s Hospital Epilepsy Program in Grand Junction, CO, a program which she helped to build, and which qualifies as a National Association of Epilepsy Center (NAEC) level III Epilepsy Center; it is the first of its kind on the Western Slope of Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and received her medical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine, a Fellowship in Neurology and a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, and an Inter-professional Fellowship in Integrative Medicine with The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. Through an integrative approach, Dr. Collier brings unique insights, including nutrition counseling, to the care of her patients with epilepsy and neurological diseases.

"A deeply moving experience...."

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Bianka Hardin, Psy.D.

DR. HARDIN is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and owner of Centered Therapy Chicago. Dr. Hardin founded CTC in 2014 with the mission of helping both adolescents and adults improve their mental health and quality of life. After graduating from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio in 1994, Dr. Hardin attended the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 1995. While there, she completed her clinical training with refugees of foreign conflict and torture survivors at the Marjorie Kovler Center in Chicago, before going on to work at CAUSES in Lakeview, working with children, adolescents, and adults whose families were referred by the Department of Children and Families Services.  Next, Dr. Hardin worked as a Pre-Doctoral Intern at Advocate Family Care Network and the Childhood Trauma Treatment Program. There she provided assessments and treatment for abuse victims, while also facilitating an adolescent girls’ sexual abuse survivor group, a male sex offender group, and children’s social skills group. After completing her doctorate degree, Dr. Hardin went on to complete her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Department of Health and Human Services at the Village of Hoffman Estates and eventually became the Assistant Director and Director of the department. Dr. Hardin has taught at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology since 2001.  She became the Associate Department Chair of the Clinical PsyD Department in 2007 with a focus on the development and oversight of the Child and Adolescent Track, and served as a full-time faculty member. In 2013, she transitioned to a part-time faculty member and is now an adjunct professor. Dr. Hardin enjoys teaching diversity and trauma classes. She provides therapy, consultation, and supervision and enjoys working with mental health providers who are interested in their own personal and professional growth. She is a  Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and just started her training in Neuro-Affective Relational Model (NARM).