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 was 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 worked 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, and under the advisement of Dr. Chris Cunningham the Director of the Research Centre for Maori Health & Development at Massey University.

I am also currently engaged in an ongoing project with members of the CuRRIGS Lab, supervised by Dr. Desiree Seponski. This project has been developed out of a study of secondary truama and the use of supervision by therapists and psychologists in Cambodia. Current emphasis is being placed on the effects of stigma on the experiences of therapists.

To learn more about my ongoing and future research please visit my website at: lorienjordan.com


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. (2018). “My mind kept creeping back… this relationship can’t last”: Developing self-awareness of monogamous bias. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. Advanced online copy. doi: 10.1080/08952833.2018.1430459

Jordan, L.S., Seponski, D. (2018). “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, 44(1), 19-31. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12244

Jordan, L.S., Seponski, D. (2018). Public participation: Moving beyond therapy’s four walls. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 44(1), 5-18. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12240

Jordan, L. S., Grogan, C., Muruthi, B., & Bermúdez, J. M. (2017). Polyamory: Experiences of power from without, from within, and in between. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 16(1), 1-19.

Richardson, S. Jordan, L.S. (2017). Qualitative inquiry of sibling relationships: reinforcement of disability devaluation through the exclusion of voices. Qualitative Inquiry. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2017.1351330

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., & Muruthi, B.A. (under review). Ambiguous loss and couple resilience for couples facing poverty. Submitted to Journal of Family Psychotherapy.

Oed, M., Jordan, L.S., Seponski, D.M. (under review). Therapy with individuals who have sexually offended: Self-reflections for family therapists. Submitted to The Family Journal.  

Jordan, L.S. (in progress). Participatory democracy: Deweyan pragmatism as a philosophical lens for social justice and family therapy research. To be submitted to Journal of Family Theory & Review.

Jordan, L.S., Seponski, D.M., Armes, S.E., Spivey-Young, S. (in progress). Taking testimony, giving voice: Testimonial therapy with refugees resettled in the United States. To be submitted to the Journal of Family Psychotherapy.

Seponski, D. M. & Jordan, L., Bermudez, J.M. (in progress). The politics of therapy: A data driven evaluation on the impact for clients. To be submitted to the Journal of Family Therapy.

Muruthi, B. A., & Jordan, L. S. (in progress). Matrifocality in a patriarchal structure: decolonizing perspective of black motherhood. To be submitted to TBD.

Farnham, A., Muruthi, B. A., Jordan, L. S., McCoy, M. (in progress). Sexual and financial coercion in heterosexual intimate relationships: Theoretical conceptualization. To be submitted to TBD.

Chevalier, M. M., Muruthi, B. A., Jordan, L.S. (in progress). The impact of training in cultural competency, white privilege, and color-blind racial attitudes on therapeutic alliance. To be submitted to TBD.

Seponski, D.M., Alas, C., Mutinda, G., Jordan, L.S., Davis, A.P., Sotelo, J.M., Massoud, M.C., & Somo, C.M. (in progress). 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., (in progress). 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