Dr Gerald Jordan BA, MA, PhD

Dr Gerald Jordan

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor

Dr. Gerald Jordan’s programme of research examines how people transform their lives and communities following a serious mental health challenge; and how such transformations are shaped by personal, social and community-level determinants of health and resilience. He conducts his research in partnership with people with lived experience of mental health challenges using mixed methods.




Dr. Gerald Jordan was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and grew up in Montreal’s “east end”. He received a BA (Honours) in Psychology from Concordia University. After working as a psychoeducator for several years, he undertook an MA in Educational Psychology (Human Development Stream) at McGill University, where he completed a dissertation examining activism among people with physical and psychiatric disabilities. He then went on to complete his PhD in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and was based at the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses. His doctoral work examined positive change and posttraumatic growth that youth experience following a first episode of psychosis. After obtaining his PhD, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health at Yale University. Here, his research focused on peer support, recovery, and the ways that people with mental health challenges give back to other people and communities. In 2020, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at both Yale University and McGill University, where he examined how intersecting forms of marginalization and oppression exclude youth with mental health challenges from their communities, in turn impacting their recovery. He joined the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham as an Assistant Professor in August 2022.

Postgraduate supervision

Inquiries from all prospective Master’s and PhD students, as well as volunteers, are welcome. I am especially interested in supervising/co-supervising students who have lived experience of mental health challenges or are from other underrepresented groups in academia.


Youth mental health; early intervention; community; recovery; peer support; lived experience; humanistic psychology; ethics; video games

Other activities

  • Associate Editor, BMC Psychiatry
  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Member, International Recovery Citizenship Collaborative
  • Member, Ludic Mind Studio


  1. Jordan, G., Burke, L. C., Bailey, J., Kreidstein , S., Iftikhar, M., Plamondon, L., Young, C., Davidson, L., Rowe, M., Bellamy, C., Abdel-Baki, A., & Iyer, SN. (2022). A mixed methods study examining citizenship among youth with mental health challenges. Frontiers in Psychiatry. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.852947 
  1. Jordan, G., Ng, F t., Malla, A., Iyer, SN (2022). A longitudinal qualitative follow-up study of post-traumatic growth among service users who experienced positive change following a first episode of psychosis. Psychosis. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17522439.2022.2052164 
  2. Jordan, G., Davidson, L., Bellamy, C (2022). Generativity among people with lived experience of mental illness and distress. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. doi: 10.1037/ort0000614  

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