Lorien S. Jordan, LAMFT, M.F.T., M.A.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Doctoral Canidate

HDFS- MFT specialization

123 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-4905

Curriculum Vitae


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
M.F.T. Marriage and Family Therapy Mercer University 2012
M.A. Studio Art New York University 2005
B.A. Studio Art Arizona State University 2000


My core focus is centered on my belief in social justice and the social resposibility that therapists have in advocating for our clients, ourselves and our profession. As a result, the basis of my research and clinical work stems on understanding and deconstructing structured and systemic inequalities that are created and perpetuated through policy and their effects on family well-being. Clinically, this is evidenced in my interest in delivering meaningful services for typically marginalized populations and stigmatized relationship systems.

Current Research

My current research is developed around bicultural meanings and processes of social justice in New Zealand's mental health discourse. This project is being carried out at the Family Centre in Lower Hutt, New Zealand and is funded through a Fulbright US Graduate Student award. While at the Family Centre I am working under the supervision of Charles Waldegrave the head of the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit and one of the founders of the Just Therapy approach. I am also working under the advisement of Dr. Chris Cunningham the Director of the Research Centre for Maori Health & Development at Massey University.

I am currently engaged in two ongoing projects focused on the political partcipation of family therapists, and the cultural identity and stigmatization of Cambodian therapists.


Instructor of Record, HDFS 4130: Family Policy, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. Spring 2015

Teaching Assistant, HDFS 4870: Human Sexuality across the Lifespan, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. Spring 2014

Teaching Assistant, HDFS 2200: Introduction to Lifespan Development, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. Fall 2013, Fall 2014


GAMFT Board, Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair

AFTA, Social Policy and Human Rights Committe

Areas of Expertise

Social justice and social policy; indigenous and critical psychologies, the intersection of effective family therapy and policy practices; marginalized relationship systems; mixed methods research methodologies


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
The Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship Fulbright Foundation 2016-2017
Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant University of Georgia Graduate School 2017
The Family Process New Writers Fellowship Family Process Institute 2016
Cutting Edge Research Award American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy 2016
The Feldman Outstanding Research Proposal for Research in Family Policy The National Council on Family Relations 2014
The Kay Wilson Shurden Outstanding Student in Marriage and Family Therapy Mercer University's School of Medicine 2012

Journal Articles

Jordan, L.S., Seponski, D. (in press). Public participation: Moving beyond therapy’s four walls. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Jordan, L. S., Grogan, C., Muruthi, B., & Bermúdez, J. M. (2016). Polyamory: Experiences of power from without, from within, and in between. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 1-19. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15332691.2016.1141135

Seponski, D., Jordan, L.S., (2017). Cross-cultural supervision in international settings: Experiences of foreign supervisors and native supervisees in Cambodia. The Journal of Family Therapy. Advanced online copy: doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12157

Bermúdez, J. M., Muruthi, B. A., & Jordan, L. S. (2016). Decolonizing research methods for family science: Creating space at the center. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 8(2), 192-206.

Abrams-Muruthi, B.A., Nasis, T., Jordan, L.S., Grogan, C., Mckoy, M., & Farnham, F., (2015). A collaborative language systems approach: Implications for working with Afro-Caribbean families coping with infidelity. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 34(3), 26-43.

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Apprentice Reviewer Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 2015- current
Student Reviewer Journal of Feminist Family Therapy 2015- current

Working Papers

Jordan, L.S., Seponski, D. (under review). “Being a therapist doesn’t exclude you from real life”: Family therapist’s beliefs and barriers to political action. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Jordan, L.S., Seponski, D.M., Armes, S.E., Spivey-Young, S. (under review). Taking testimony, giving voice: Testimonial therapy with refugees resettled in the United States. Contemporary Family Therapy.

Richardson, S. Jordan, L.S. (under review). Qualitative inquiry of sibling relationships: reinforcement of disability devaluation through the exclusion of voices. Qualitative Inquiry

Seponski, D.M., Alas, C., Mutinda, G., Jordan, L.S., Davis, A.P., Sotelo, J.M., Massoud, M.C., & Somo, C.M. (under review). Client recruitment in underserved communities. The Journal of Family Therapy.

Seponski, D.M., Mutinda, G., Alas, C., Jordan, L.S., Sotelo, J.M., Massoud, M.C., & Davis, A.P., (under review). Utilizing a cultural advisory board in family therapy practice and training. The Journal of Family Therapy.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Desiree Seponski (Chair), Dr. Maria Bermudez, Dr. Jori Hall