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Board of Directors

The PDAN Board of Directors is comprised of committed individuals who donate their time and work to help all people who have been impacted by personality disorders. For 2013, the PDAN board consists of:

  • Frederic Bien, President in Atlanta

Frederic Bien is president of Personality Disorder Awareness Network (PDAN) since August 2012.

Previously he served as Director of Development and was on the Board of National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA.BPD) where he focused on sponsorship relations and organized a conference for 240 professionals at the Carter Center in November 2011. His previous volunteer work includes Sponsorship Chair, Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association (2008-2010); CTO, MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta (2005-2007) for which he was awarded MIT Volunteer Honor Roll 2006.

Dr. Bien is CEO, Ad Buying Network, a media buying agency founded in Atlanta GA (2006). He was co- founder and president, BLiNQ Media, a social media advertising company (2008-2010), sold to Gannett Group (USA Today) in 2012. Dr. Bien was senior vice president advanced media technology, Turner Broadcasting (2001-2005) and Chair of Time Warner Media Asset Management Committee. In 1999-2000, Dr. Bien was CTO, Bigstar Entertainment, a publicly-traded online movie store based in New York.

Previously, he founded Bien Logic, an interactive ad agency and internet software company in San Diego CA (1993); sold to Netrics and SiteLab in 1997.

A perennial advocate of mental health and education, Dr. Bien was Associate Professor Mathematics University of California San Diego (1992-96); Assistant Professor Mathematics Princeton (1986-92). He published a mathematics research book and 14 papers in scientific journals. He was awarded a Ph.D. Mathematics from MIT, 1986, and BA Mathematics from Brussels Free University, Belgium, 1983.

  • Gerard Gibbons, Director in Los Angeles

Gerard Gibbons, O.D. is an eye doctor, digital storyteller, filmmaker, director and author. He creates at the intersection of art, healthcare and technology. Gerard’s 30 years of expertise incorporates, healthcare, behavioral health, resilience, wellness and prevention, military health, combat medicine, and advanced technology. He has created over 600+ video, web and interactive topics for organizations and agencies with an emphasis on user engagement and ease of understanding. Dr. Gibbons integrates storytelling with health, science and media to engage consumers, patients, professionals and leaders in a process of behavior change.

Dr. Gibbons is founder and CEO, VISUAL EYES Inc.  Founded 1985, VE leverages the viral power of the internet and emotional power of storytelling to helps global healthcare companies, U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Veteran Affairs, and government agencies inform, enlighten and influence audiences through neuroscience, digital media and mobile health.

Gerard created Emotive Storytelling™ – The heart and science of persuasion™; a user engagement approach that integrates narrative communication, cinematic technique, psychology, health IT, health games, predictive analytics, mHealth, promotion and wellness. Applications apply to emotive persuasion and behavior change.

Gerard is Editor-In-Chief™ – A web-based knowledge center with observations and resources to drive user engagement, adherence and behavior change in healthcare delivery, marketing, education, and business. This website introduces an alternative method of persuasion to those who are responsible for influencing behavior by leveraging the science of narrative communication, neuroscience, digital media and mobility.

Gerard also created Resilient Life Health™ – a mobile health company focused on a positive psychology approach to mental health, prevention and wellness. RLH supports military members and families, veterans, national community health promotion initiatives and healthcare providers.

Dr. Gerard Gibbons received degrees in Optometry (O.D.) from Pacific University, Communication Arts / Film and Television (B.A.) from Loyola Marymount University, and Visual Science (B.S.) from Pacific University.

  • Daniel Mattila, Director in New York

Daniel Mattila, M.Div., LCSW, has been practicing cognitive and schema therapy for over sixteen years with offices in both Manhattan and Westport, CT.  He has worked extensively in the areas of borderline personality disorder, couples, OCD, and depression.

Originally from Minnesota, Daniel graduated from Hamline University (B.A) in St. Paul and has graduate degrees from Yale University (M.Div.) and the University of Connecticut (MSW). Daniel is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). In addition, he completed a clinical pastoral education residency through Yale-New Haven Hospital.  Daniel’s mentor was Dr. Jeffrey Young, one of the world’s leading authorities on cognitive therapy and the founder of schema therapy.

Daniel is a Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a worldwide credentialing organization headed by Aaron Beck, the founder of Cognitive Therapy. Daniel is a certified schema therapist in the International Society for Schema Therapy.



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