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.