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A/Professor Brigid Jordan
Associate Professor Brigid Jordan (BSW 1983, PhD 2002) is a paediatric social worker and infant mental health clinician. She worked for more than two decades as a clinical social worker in the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry program and Social Work Department at the Royal Children's Hospital before being appointed in 2007 to the newly created position of Associate Professor of Paediatric Social Work in the Social Work Department at the Royal Children's Hospital. This was the first academic social work position in a hospital in Australia.
Associate Professor Jordan has had a key role in developing the clinical field of infant mental health in Australia. Together with colleagues, she established the Infant Stream of the Masters of Mental Health Science offered through The University of Melbourne. She is a Past President of the National Australian Association for Infant Mental Health and has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.
- Associate Professor Paediatric Social Work Royal Children's Hospital
- Honorary Principal Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne
- World Association for Infant Mental Health Award, awarded in recognition of significant contribution, 2008
Research in our team is focused on understanding the relationship between early life stress – as a result of serious illness and hospital experience or significant family stress and social disadvantage – and the health and mental health of infants and young children and their families. Our research has a strong focus on clinical and translational outcomes in paediatric social work and infant mental health.
- Changing the Trajectories of Australia's Most Vulnerable Children- The Early Years Education Program Randomised Controlled Trial
- Infant and Family Wellbeing after Cardiac Surgery: Life as a Pre-schooler
- Stress Reactivity in Pre-schoolers with Congenital Heart Disease
- Psychosocial determinants of health in infants & preschool children with Cystic Fibrosis diagnosed via newborn screening
- The development of feeding in infants with oesophageal atresia between birth and nine months of age
Hickey, L., Anderson, V., Hearps, S., & Jordan, B. Family appraisal of paediatric acquired brain injury: A social work clinical intervention trial. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 2018,1-8.
Hickey, L., Anderson, V., Heaprs, S., & Jordan, B. Family forward: A social work clinical trial promoting family adaptation following paediatric acquired brain injury. Brain Injury, 201832(7).
Tseng, Y.P., Jordan, B., Borland, J., Coombs, N., Cotter, K., Hill, A., & Kennedy, A. The first twelve months in the Early Years Education Program: An initial assessment of the impact on children and their primary caregivers. Changing the Trajectories of Australia's Most Vulnerable Children, Report No. 2 (March 2018).
McGauran, M., Jordan, B., Beijers, R., Janssen, I., Franich-Ray, C., de Weerth, C., & Cheung, M. Long-term alternation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in children undergoing cardiac surgery in the first 6 months of life. The International Journal on the Biology of Stress, 2017,20(5), 505-512.
Tseng, Y., Jordan, B., Borland, J., Clancy, T., Coombs, N,. Cotter, K., Hill, A., & Kennedy, A. Participants in the Trail of the Early Years Education Program , Changing the Trajectories of Australia’s most Vulnerable Children Report No. 1. Australian Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, June 2017.
Hickey, L., Anderson, V., & Jordan, B. Family forward: Promoting family adaptation following pediatric acquired brain injury. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 2016,15(3-4), 179-200.
Jordan B., Tseng Yi-Ping, Coombs N, Kennedy A., Borland, J, (2014). Improving lifetime trajectories for vulnerable young children and families living with significant stress and social disadvantage: the early years education program randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health 2014, 14:965
Douglas, T., Jordan, B., Priddis, L., Anderson, V., Sheehan, J., Kane, R., Massie, J., Branch Smith, C., & Shields L., Protocol for a study of the psychosocial determinants of health in early childhood amongst children with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2015, 71(7):1704-16.
Kosta L, Harm L, Franich-Ray C, Anderson V, Northam E, Cochrane A, Menahem A, Jordan B. Parental experiences of their infant's hospitalisation for cardiac surgery. Child: Care, Health & Development 2014; 41(6), 1057---65.
Jordan B, Franich-Ray C, Albert N, Anderson V, Northam E, Cochrane A, Menahem S. Early mother-infant relationships after cardiac surgery in infancy. Arch Dis Child. 2014 Jul;99(7):641-5.
Jordan, B., Franich-Ray, C., Albert, N., Anderson, V., Northam, E., Cochrane, A. & Menahem, S. “Maternal Report of Infant emotional well-being following their Infant's Hospitalisation for neonatal cardiac surgery". Infant Mental Health Journal, 2013. 34(4), 259-266
Miron D, Bisaillon C, Jordan B, Bryce G, Gauthier Y, St-Andre M, Minnis H. Whose Rights Count? Negotiating Practice, Policy, and Legal Dilemmas Regarding Infant-Parent Contact When Infants are in Out-of-Home Care. Infant Ment Health J. 2013 Mar;34(2):177-188.
Jordan B., Therapeutic play within infant–parent psychotherapy and the treatment of infant feeding disorders Infant Ment Health J, 2012, 33(3),307–313
Franich-Ray C, Bright MA, Anderson V, Northam E, Cochrane A, Menahem S, Jordan B. Trauma reactions in mothers and fathers after their infant's cardiac surgery, J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Jun;38(5):494-505
Bright MA, Franich-Ray C, Anderson V, Northam E, Cochrane A, Menahem S, Jordan B. Infant cardiac surgery and the father-infant relationship: feelings of strength, strain, and caution. Early Hum Dev. 2013 Aug;89(8):593-9
Stock A, Chin L, Babl FE, Bevan CA, Donath S, Jordan B. Postnatal depression in mothers bringing infants to the emergency department. Arch Dis Child. 2013 Jan;98(1):36-40
Jordan B. An overview of attachment theory. Community Paediatric Review 2009; 17(2): 1-6.
Jordan B. Focusing the lens: The infant’s point of view. Infant Mental Health Journal 2011; 32(6): 687-693.
Brown M, Heine R, Jordan B. Health and well-being in school-age children following persistent crying in infancy. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2009; 45(5): 25--62.
Jordan B, Heine R, Lubitz L, Meehan M, Catto-Smith AG. Effect of anti-reflux medication, placebo and infant mental health intervention on persistent crying: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2006; 42(1-2): 49-58.
Heine R, Jordan B, Lubitz L, Meehan M, Catto-Smith AG. Clinical predictors for pathological gastro oesophageal reflux. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2006; 42(3): 134---9.
Hiscock H, Jordan B. Problem crying in infancy. Medical Journal of Australia 2004; 181(9): 507---12
Jordan B. Reflux and irritability. Community Paediatric Review 2001; 10(2).
Salo F, Paul C, Morgan A, Jones S, Jordan B, Meehan M, Morse S, Walker A. Free to be Playful: Therapeutic work with Infants. Infant Observation Journal 1999; 3: 47-62.