Bianka Hardin

Bianka Hardin

Clinical Adjunct Faculty
  • Department Faculty
    Clinical Psychology
    Associate Professor

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
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Centered Therapy Chicago

Dr. Hardin is a licensed clinical psychologist and 2000 graduate of The Chicago School. She served as adjunct faculty in 2001, joined the ranks of affiliate faculty in August 2003, and became the Associate Department Chair and oversaw the development of the Child and Adolescent Track in 2007. She is currently a part-time faculty in the Clinical Psychology Department. Along with being a part-time faculty, Dr. Hardin owns Centered Therapy Chicago, a group practice on the North Side of Chicago that specialzing in utlizing traditional, strength-based, mind-body, and trauma informed approaches to working with individual, couples, and families.   

Prior to working at The Chicago School full-time, Dr. Hardin was director of the Village of Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services where she worked for almost seven years. During her time at the Village of Hoffman Estates, she was actively involved in clinical training, community outreach, violence prevention programming, and education. Dr. Hardin was the co-chair of the Family Violence Coordinating Council Awareness Raising Committee. She worked closely with the Children's Advocacy Center of Northwest Cook County and the Safe From the Start program which focuses on preventing the impact of violence on children from infancy to age five.

She has consulted with agencies on issues related to play therapy with traumatized children, trauma, vicarious trauma, self-care, and cultural issues. Dr. Hardin's clinical training focused on issues related to trauma and cultural issues. She has worked with war refugees, survivors of political violence, sexually and physically abused children, sexually aggressive children and youth, adult sexual offenders, and adult sexual abuse survivors.

Dr. Hardin has presented at conferences and training seminars on issues related to diversity, cultural competence, trauma in children, PTSD, vicarious trauma, self-care, parenting, and protecting children from abuse. 

  • B.A. - Psychology, minor in Sociology, Miami University-Oxford, Ohio
  • M.A. - Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Psy. D. - Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
Areas Of Expertise

Selected Presentations:

  • Hardin, B. (2014). Sex, Drugs, and Rock’n Roll: Talking To Your Kids About Difficult Topics. The British School. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Hardin, B. (2014). Keeping Kids Safe: Practical Strategies For Parents Who Want To Protect Their Children. Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Hardin, B (2013). Child Sexual Abuse: A Training For Child Educators To Identify And Report Abuse. Total Child Preschool and Daycare Center. Evanston, Illinois. 
  • Hardin, B. (2013). Understanding and Transforming Vicarious Trauma.  The Chicago School’s Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. Chicago, IL. Hardin, B. (2013). 
  • Hardin, B. and Langtiw, C. (2012). Teaching Diversity in the 21st Century: Managing Hot Moments While Keeping Your Cool. Eighty-fourth Annual Meeting Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, IL.
  • Hardin, B. (2012). Understanding and Transforming Vicarious Trauma. 2012 Champions for Children Conference, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois. St. Charles, IL.
  • Hardin, B. & Granoff, G. (2012). Preventing Child Sexual Abuse. Misseo Dei Moms Group, Chicago, IL.
  • Hardin, B, Bueltel, C., Cohen, S., and Doyle, H. (2012). Stories of Empathy, Diversity, and Human Connection: Experiential Learning in Psychology through Theatre. The Cultural Impact Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Hardin, B. (2011) From Words To Action: Developing Connections to Enhance Student Learning. Fourth Annual SoTL Institute: Celebrating the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at The Chicago School. Chicago, IL.
  • Hardin, B. (2011). Vicarious Trauma in Attorneys. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Countryside, IL.
  • Langtiw, C., Hardin, B., and McGrath, B. (2011). The Chicago School Child and Adolescent Coalition: Nurturing Engagement Across Departments. 1st annual TCSPP Multi-Campus Integration Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Hardin, B. and Hickey, S. (2011). Medical and Mental Health Care of CSEC Victims. Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Training Seminar presented by Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, The Salvation Army PROMISE Program, Center on Halsted. Domican University, IL.
  • Hardin, B. (2010). Making the Most of Your Supervision: Reflections on Enhancing Your Professional Development. The Chicago School Leadership and Internship Consortium Grand Rounds. The Chicago School. Chicago, IL.
  • Hardin, B., Glabach, S., Kovach, B., & Rose, S. (2010). Cultural Issues and Child Sexual Abuse: An Examination of the Impact of Culture on Child Sexual Abuse and Strategies for Addressing Culture in Treatment. 26th Annual Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse. Madison, WI.


  • Northwest Suburban Alliance Against Domestic Violence 2003-2005
  • Family Violence Coordinating Council -Co-Chair, Awareness Raising Committee-2003-2007
  • CEDA Northwest-Board Member 2003-2007
  • Domestic Violence Legal Clinic-Board Member 2007-2010
  • Sarah’s Circle-Board Member 2007-Present

Honor and Awards

  • Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Service (2010). The Chicago School.
  • Learn and Serve Faculty Grant recipient (2010)
  • Darwin Adams Award presented by the Children’s Advocacy Center, 2003. Award named in honor of the founder of the CAC and is given to an Illinois child advocate of who exemplifies the vision to develop and promote support services that ultimately benefit abused children.

Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
A: My teaching philosophy is a constantly evolving process that has the highest respect for the pursuit of learning and the evolution of professional identity. My teaching philosophy acknowledges that each student has unique needs and experiences. It is important to create a learning environment that respects each student and stimulates their professional and personal growth. I have high expectations for myself and for my students. My goal is to inspire students to be curious, ask questions, and push themselves to learn. Reciprocal learning is key in my teaching philosophy. I strongly believe we all come to the classroom with something to offer and to learn from others, including myself.

Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A: Psychology is an exciting and versatile field. It is important for psychologists to stay informed and explore ways that they can be helpful to society. There is a common perception that a psychologist's work is done in an office one-on-one. This is true but our work is so much more. I encourage students to find the things they are passionate about and explore how they can make a difference. I am in a very different place than where I thought I would be when I started graduate school. I have learned things and had experiences that I never thought I would have. There is a career option out there that specifically meets your individual interests. I encourage you to find it.

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: My father was in the Air Force and met my mother in Germany. Our family moved around every 1-3 years up until I was in high school. I traveled around Europe and the US and met many interesting people. This early experience inspired me to be curious about cultures, people, and human relationships.

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Take advantage of every learning opportunity you can and create new learning opportunities. Ask questions. Push yourself to learn. It's ok to be uncomfortable, that's when you are at your learning edge. Get to know your professors. Find a mentor you respect. Keep in touch with your classmates, professors, and supervisors.