Lorien S. Jordan, Ph.D., LMFT

Lorien (she; her) is an assistant professor in Educational Statistics and Research Methods (Qualitative Methodology)  at the University of Arkansas (August 2020).

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 institutional landscapes. This emphasis includes a specialized focus on international mental health discourse, community prevention and intervention, and investigations of culture and belonging. 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 from the University of Georgia.

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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