Dr Gerald Jordan BA, MA, PhD

Dr Gerald Jordan

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor

Dr. Gerald Jordan’s programme of research examines how young 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 that are, due to issues of intergenerational injustice, increasingly becoming difficult to access . He conducts his research in partnership with people with lived experience of mental health challenges using mixed methods, and is increasingly working in collaboration with researchers in other disciplines (e.g., literature, geography, history, philosophy).




Dr. Gerald Jordan was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 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. He joined the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham as an Assistant Professor in August 2022.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising students at all levels (undergraduate, Master’s and PhD), international fellows and visiting researchers, as well as volunteers on work that aligns with my programme of research described above. 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. Please note,  you do not need to disclose your lived experience if you reach out to me.


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


Highlight publications

Jordan, G, Burke, L, 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, vol. 13, 852947. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.852947

Jordan, G, Ng, F, 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. https://doi.org/17522439.2022.2052164

Jordan, G, Davidson, L & Bellamy, C 2022, 'Generativity among people with lived experience of mental illness and distress', American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, vol. 92, no. 3, pp. 280–290. https://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000614

Jordan, G, Malla, A & Iyer, SN 2020, 'Service provider perceptions of posttraumatic growth experienced by service users receiving treatment for a first episode of psychosis', International Journal of Mental Health, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 271-279. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207411.2020.1776458

Jordan, G, Mutchler, C, Kidd, SA, Rowe, M & Iyer, SN 2023, 'Making the case for citizenship-oriented mental healthcare for youth in Canada', Journal of Public Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMH-06-2022-0055

Recent publications


Jordan, G, Ng, F & Thomas, R 2023, 'How clinicians can support posttraumatic growth following psychosis: a perspective piece', The Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1017/ipm.2023.7

Jordan, G, Grazioplene, R, Florence, A, Hammer, P, Funaro, MC, Davidson, L & Bellamy, CD 2021, 'Generativity among persons providing or receiving peer or mutual support: a scoping review', Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 123-135. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000498

Pruessner, M, King, S, Veru, F, Schalinski, I, Vracotas, N, Abadi, S, Jordan, G, Lepage, M, Iyer, S, Malla, AK, Shah, J & Joober, R 2021, 'Impact of childhood trauma on positive and negative symptom remission in first episode psychosis', Schizophrenia Research, vol. 231, pp. 82-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2021.02.023

Florence, AC, Jordan, G, Yasui, S, Cabrini, DR & Davidson, L 2021, '“It makes us realize that we have been heard”: experiences with open dialogue in Vermont', Psychiatric Quarterly, vol. 92, no. 4, pp. 1771-1783. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11126-021-09948-1

Florence, AC, Jordan, G, Yasui, S & Davidson, L 2020, 'Implanting Rhizomes in Vermont: a Qualitative Study of How the Open Dialogue Approach was Adapted and Implemented', Psychiatric Quarterly, vol. 91, no. 3, pp. 681-693. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11126-020-09732-7

Jordan, G, Malla, A & Iyer, SN 2020, 'Perceived facilitators and predictors of positive change and posttraumatic growth following a first episode of psychosis: A mixed methods study using a convergent design', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 20, no. 1, 289. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-020-02693-y

Iyer, SN, Pope, MA, Jordan, G, Mohan, G, Loohuis, H, Ramachandran, P, Rangaswamy, T & Malla, AK 2020, 'ShareDisk: A novel visual tool to assess perceptions about who should be responsible for supporting persons with mental health problems', International Journal of Social Psychiatry, vol. 66, no. 4, pp. 411-418. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020764020913580

Jordan, G, Malla, A & Iyer, SN 2019, '"It's Brought Me a Lot Closer to Who I Am": A Mixed Methods Study of Posttraumatic Growth and Positive Change Following a First Episode of Psychosis', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 10, pp. 480. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00480

Mutschler, C, Miller, R, Bromage, B, Bellamy, C, Jordan, G, Lichtenstein , B, de la Reza, P, Loranger, M, McKinney, C, Mihalakakos, G, Olsen, S, Williamson, B & Kidd, S 2019, 'Boundary crossing as a guide in the implementation of peer support interventions in mental health', American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

McIlwaine, SV, Jordan, G, Pruessner, M, Malla, A, Faridi, K, Iyer, SN, Joober, R & Shah, JL 2019, 'Does an integrated outreach intervention targeting multiple stages of early psychosis improve the identification of individuals at clinical high risk?', Early Intervention in Psychiatry, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 989-992. https://doi.org/10.1111/eip.12750

Ferrari, M, McIlwaine, SV, Jordan, G, Shah, JL, Lal, S & Iyer, SN 2019, 'Gaming with stigma: Analysis of messages about mental illnesses in video games', JMIR Mental Health, vol. 6, no. 5, e12418. https://doi.org/10.2196/12418

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Jordan, G & Davidson, L 2021, Recovery-Oriented Approach. in FP Bannink & F Peeters (eds), Practicing Positive Psychology. Hogrefe, pp. 69-76. <https://www.hogrefe.com/us/shop/practicing-positive-psychiatry-92645.html>

Review article

Florence, AC, Bocalini, M, Cabrini, D, Tanzi, R, Funaro, M, Jordan, G, Davidson, L, Drake, R, Montenegro, C & Yasui, S 2023, 'State of the art of participatory and user-led research in mental health in Brazil: a scoping review', Cambridge Prisms: Global Mental Health, vol. 10, e21. https://doi.org/10.1017/gmh.2023.12

Ng, F, Ibrahim, N, Franklin, D, Jordan, G, Lewandowsk, F, Fang, F, Roe, D, Rennick‑Egglestone, S, Newby, C, Hare‑Duke, L, Llewellyn‑Beardsley, J, Yeo, C & Slade, M 2021, 'Post-traumatic growth in psychosis: a systematic review and narrative synthesis', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 21, no. 1, 607 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-021-03614-3

Jordan, G, Iyer, SN, Malla, A & Davidson, L 2020, 'Posttraumatic growth and recovery following a first episode of psychosis: a narrative review of two concepts', Psychosis, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 285-294. https://doi.org/10.1080/17522439.2020.1736610

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