Gerald Jordan

Gerald Jordan
University of Birmingham · School of Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. My programme of research examines how the transformations people make to their lives and communities following a mental health challenge are shaped by social determinants of health and resilience.
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - August 2022
Yale University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
September 2013 - August 2018
McGill University
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (36)
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Introduction Multiple stakeholders have recently called for greater research on the barriers to citizenship and community belonging faced by people with mental health challenges. Citizenship has been defined as a person’s access to the rights, roles, responsibilities, resources and relationships that help people feel a sense of belonging. Factors t...
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Background Posttraumatic growth refers to the positive psychological changes that people experience following a traumatic or adverse event; and has been reported among people who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. This body of research has an important limitation of not having examined how experiences of posttraumatic growth following a...
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Generativity refers to the contributions that people make toward the betterment of others, communities, and future generations. Engaging in generativity may add purpose and meaning to one's life, elements which people with mental illness often feel is relevant for their recovery. Despite its importance, what is known about how people with mental he...
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Background and objective People with psychosis report experiences of highly traumatic events. Positive change or post-traumatic growth (PTG) can occur as a result of traumatic experiences. Yet there is limited attention on PTG in psychosis, possibly due to the negative impact of psychotic symptoms on functioning and quality of life. The aim of this...
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The Open Dialogue approach was developed in Finland as a form of psychotherapy and a way to organize mental health systems. Open Dialogue has drawn global interest leading to adaptations worldwide, including in Vermont-US where it is called Collaborative Network Approach. Our study aimed to investigate the experiences of families who received Colla...
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Objective: People with lived experience of mental illness or distress can help others recover through peer or mutual support. One way they may help others recover is by fostering generativity, which refers to one's concern for and contributions toward the betterment of others, including future generations (e.g., through caregiving, engaging in civ...
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Background and Objective: People with psychosis report experiences of highly traumatic events. Positive change or post-traumatic growth (PTG) can occur as a result of traumatic experiences. Yet there is limited attention on PTG in psychosis, possibly due to the negative impact of psychotic symptoms on functioning and quality of life. The aim of thi...
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Objective Early life adversity is suspected to play an important role for onset and course of psychosis, but its relationship with longer-term clinical outcome is not entirely clear. In this longitudinal study, we investigated the impact of childhood trauma (CT) on positive and negative symptom remission in first episode psychosis (FEP) patients ov...
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The Open Dialogue approach was developed in Finland in the 1980s as a form of psychotherapy and a way to organize mental health systems. It has been adapted and implemented in several countries in recent years. This qualitative study sought to explore staff and developers’ experiences with one adaptation of the Open Dialogue approach in the state o...
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Youth can experience improved psychological changes (i.e., posttraumatic growth, or PTG) following the onset of psychosis. Case managers play an important role in the treatment of first episode psychosis but may be unaware that PTG occurs, a topic that has yet to be explored. This study compared service users’ PTG following a first episode of psych...
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Background: This study aimed to identify predictors and perceived facilitators of positive change and posttraumatic growth in persons with a first episode of psychosis using a mixed methods convergent design. Methods: In the quantitative component, 94 participants completed measures of posttraumatic growth and predictors of posttraumatic growth....
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Objectives Views on who bears how much responsibility for supporting individuals with mental health problems may vary across stakeholders (patients, families, clinicians) and cultures. Perceptions about responsibility may influence the extent to which stakeholders get involved in treatment. Our objective was to report on the development, psychometr...
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A first episode of psychosis is often a traumatic experience that leads to significant life disruptions. However, many young people recover following a first episode of psychosis. Two types of recovery from psychosis have been described in the literature: clinical recovery (i.e. the resolution of symptoms and resumption of social, occupational or e...
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Implementation of peer support interventions in mental health settings requires a number of boundary crossings, particularly when such interventions are being integrated into existing models of care. The literature suggests that the implementation of peer support interventions needs to be better articulated in order to understand how to implement t...
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Background: A first episode of psychosis is often a traumatic experience that may also lead to positive change, a phenomenon that has received little attention. This knowledge gap may impede service providers’ capacity to foster positive change among service users. Objective: to investigate aspects of positive change among persons receiving early i...
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Varying perceptions of who should be responsible for supporting individuals with mental health problems may contribute to their needs remaining unmet. A qualitative descriptive design was used to explore these perceptions among key stakeholders. Focus groups were conducted with 13 service users, 12 family members, and 18 treatment providers from an...
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Background: Video game playing is a daily activity for many youths that replaces other media forms (eg, television); it serves as an important source of knowledge and can potentially impact their attitudes and behaviors. Researchers are, thus, concerned with the impact of video gaming on youth (eg, for promoting prosocial or antisocial behavior)....
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Aims To explore the impact of a targeted case identification intervention, with training and education regarding first‐episode psychosis and clinical high‐risk syndromes, on the referral and identification of those at high risk. Methods Using a historical control design, referral information from pre‐intervention and post‐intervention periods was...
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Purpose: To explore the unintended impact of a targeted case identification (TCI) campaign for first episode psychosis (FEP) on people not experiencing FEP ("non-cases") with respect to referral patterns and reasons for being a non-case. Methods: Sources of referral, reasons for being a non-case, and subsequent referral destinations of non-cases...
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Objective: Most studies have investigated either the singular or relative contributions of premorbid adjustment, verbal memory and symptom remission to functional outcomes in first-episode psychosis. Fewer studies have examined the pathways of these factors in impacting functioning. Our study addresses this gap. The objective was to determine whet...
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Objective: Although the negative consequences associated with first-episode psychosis (FEP) have been well investigated, relatively less is known about positive changes that people may experience after FEP. Existing literature is disparate and in need of synthesis. Such a synthesis can inform the design of mental health services that foster streng...
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Aim: We explored 2-year outcomes in a sample of clinical high risk (CHR) patients who converted to psychosis despite receiving interventions. Methods: Of 167 CHR patients, 18 had converted to psychosis and received treatment for their first episode of psychosis in an early intervention service over 2 years. Results: Compared to patients admitt...
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Aim: To better understand cultural competence in early intervention for psychosis, we compared service users' and service providers' perceptions of the importance of providers being culturally competent and attentive to aspects of culture. Methods: At a Canadian early intervention programme, a validated scale was adapted to assess service user (...
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Background The suffering people experience following a first episode of psychosis is great, and has been well-investigated. Conversely, potential positive outcomes following a first episode of psychosis have been under-investigated. One such outcome that may result from a first episode of psychosis is posttraumatic growth, or a positive aftermath f...
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Aim: A first-episode psychosis (FEP) is a traumatic experience that can often result in great suffering. However, in addition to suffering, persons affected by FEP may also experience post-traumatic growth (PTG) or the perception that good has followed psychosis. Although much is known concerning the negative outcomes following FEP, little attenti...
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This paper provides an overview of early intervention (EI) services for psychosis in Canada. We describe a leading Canadian EI program's approach to enhancing access (via early case detection, open referral, and rapid response) and providing specialized phase-specific treatment. Learnings from this program's research/evaluation indicate that EI can...
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In most mental illnesses, onset occurs before the age of 25 and the earliest stages are critical. The youth bear a large share of the burden of disease associated with mental illnesses. Yet, Canadian youths with mental health difficulties face delayed detection; long waiting lists; inaccessible, unengaging services; abrupt transitions between servi...
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Purpose: Interventions aimed at influencing specific pathways to care may reduce the duration of untreated psychosis (DUP). The purpose of this study was to reduce delay in referral to an early intervention service following first contact for help seeking for psychosis in a defined urban catchment area. Methods: Using a historical control design...
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Objective: Functional recovery remains the primary goal following treatment of a psychotic disorder, especially after a first episode. Evidence regarding relative contributions of predictors of functional outcome, including symptoms and cognition, remains equivocal. The objective of the study was to determine the relative contribution of cognition...
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Openness to experience is known to be an independent predictor of online political behavior, although the degree to which this relationship is influenced by other factors has not been tested. One objective of this study was to test whether the relationship between openness to experience and the propensity to engage in online political participation...
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Few studies have examined effectiveness and tolerability of risperidone long acting injections (RLAI) in the early phase of a schizophrenia spectrum (SS) disorder using a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design. Eighty five patients in early phase of a SS disorder were randomized to receive either oral second generation antipsychotics (SGAs; n =41...
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The purpose of this review was to synthesize relevant research concerning gender differences in risk factors, developmental trajectories and outcomes of antisocial behaviors. Regarding risk factors, research suggests that genetic factors predict female antisocial behavior more so than male antisocial behavior. Research suggests that neonatal insult...
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Female rats show conditioned place preference following paced copulation, and we have recently demonstrated that pairing almond odor with paced copulation induces a conditioned partner preference for almond-scented males. The present study examined whether cues of two different strains of male (albino and pigmented) induce a conditioned partner pre...

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To identify experiences of generativity (i.e., giving back to others and society) among persons with mental illness receiving peer support services To identify the facilitators and barriers to generativity