Lorien (she; her) is an assistant professor in Family Therapy at Mercer University's School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include creating meaningful therapy for underrepresented and marginalized populations.
Lorien's research is comprised of two intersecting strands; the production, analysis, and critique of critical qualitative research methodologies, and explorations of the intersections of culture, policy, and justice that inform therapeutic landscapes. This emphasis includes a specialized focus on international mental health discourse, community prevention and intervention, and investigations of family therapists’ political roles. Lorien’s research has been fully-funded by a Fulbright award, awarded AAMFT’s 2019 Dissertation Award, AAMFT’s Cutting-Edge Research designation, NCFR’s Feldman Outstanding Research Proposal in Family Policy, and supported by the University of Georgia’s Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research grant.
Lorien has served in multiple leadership positions, including her recent appointment by the Governor to serve on The Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist, the licensing board for Georgia under the Secretary of State. She is also on the editorial board for The Qualitative Report, and The Journal of Marriage and Divorce.
Lorien is a licensed family therapist and an AAMFT Clinical Supervisor in training. In 2018, she received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development and Family Science with a specialization in Family Therapy and certificate in Qualitative Research.
Lorien S. Jordan, Ph.D., LMFT
Intersections of culture, justice, and health
Critical assessment of theory and methods
Policy advocacy and activism
University of Georgia, Doctor of Philosophy
Human Development and Family Science
Specializations: Family Therapy & Qualitative Research
Mercer University, Master of Family Therapy
New York University, Master of Arts
Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts