Catherine Jordan, PhD, LP

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Catherine Jordan

Contact Info

Office Address:
475 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health

Center for Neurobehavioral Development

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Clinical Neuroscience, University of Minnesota

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology, Research Methods, Wayne State University


Cathy Jordan, PhD, LP, pediatric neuropsychologist by training, is an associate professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She is also an Extension Specialist in the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality. Cathy was the Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Extension’s Children, Youth and Family Consortium from 2004 until July, 2014. Cathy earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Wayne State University in 1991.

Cathy has two primary areas of focus – 1) community-engaged scholarship, and 2) nature-based education and other outdoor experiences for youth at risk for academic disengagement.

Cathy’s early research endeavors concentrated on two large, longitudinal, federally-funded Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) projects beginning in the 1990’s on lead poisoning prevention and the developmental effects of lead. Later projects evaluated the effectiveness of a coordinated social service and healthy housing service delivery model and tested the impact of a culturally-specific, comprehensive asthma prevention model and its impact on educational outcomes.

Through these projects she became intensely interested in models of research that aim to address community-defined needs and contribute to social and political change yet enhance scientific methodology and contribute valid information to our knowledge base. Cathy’s CBPR experiences and interest in creating institutional support for community engagement at her University led to her involvement in Community-Campus Partnerships for Health’s FIPSE-funded project, the Community-engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative. She chaired the Collaborative’s Peer Review Work Group, which produced a package of materials intended to assist community-engaged faculty in documenting engaged scholarship and assist promotion and tenure committee members in recognizing rigorous engaged scholarship in dossiers. She was co-director of CCPH’s second FIPSE funded project, Faculty for the Engaged Campus. As part of Faculty for the Engaged Campus, she is the founding editor of, a mechanism for the rigorous peer review and online publication of innovative products of community-engaged scholarship that are in forms other than journal manuscripts. Cathy teaches an introductory Community-based Participatory Research Course at the University of Minnesota with her community partner, Susan Gust.

Cathy’s interests in nature’s impact on youth is more recent. Cathy is working with Wilderness Inquiry (WI) in Minneapolis to develop a research agenda that will document the developmental impact of outdoor place-based education on urban youth. Cathy is also working with the national organization Children and Nature Network to create a robust repository for vetted scientific literature on best and promising practices in, and the impact of, connecting children to nature.

Awards & Recognition

  • Inaugural Fellow, Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (2014)
  • President’s Outstanding Community Service Award, University of Minnesota (2012)
  • Meritorious Service Award, Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association for Development of the Minnesota Children and Nature Connection (2011)
  • “Outstanding Partner Engagement” Award, Community-Campus Coordinators Alliance (2008)

Professional Associations

Executive Director, University of Minnesota Extension's Children, Youth, and Family Consortium, 2004-2014


Research Summary/Interests

Community-based Participatory Research; Community-engaged Scholarship; Nature-based educationl; Developmental impact of outdoor experiences on youth


  • Seifer, S., McGinley, P., Blanchard, LW. Jordan, C., Gelmon, S. Faculty for the Engaged Campus: Advancing community-engaged careers in the academy. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 16(1), (2012), 1-20.
  • Jordan, C.M., Gelmon, S.B., Ryan, K., Seifer, S.D. A web-based mechanism for disseminating peer-reviewed products of community-engaged scholarship: Reflections on year one. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 16(1), (2012), 47-64.
  • Jordan, C.M., Doherty, W., Jones-Webb, R., Cook, N., Dubrow, G., Mendenhall, T. Competency-based faculty development in community-engaged scholarship: A diffusion of innovation approach. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 16(1), (2012), 65-96.
  • Jordan, C., Seifer, S.D., Gelmon, S.B., Ryan, K., McGinley, P. An Online Tool for Peer Reviewed Publication and Dissemination of Diverse Products of Community-Engaged Scholarship. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 5(2), (2011), 189-199.
  • Jordan, C., Seifer, S., Sandmann, L., Gelmon, S. Development of a peer-reviewed mechanism for dissemination of innovative products of health-related community-engaged scholarship. International Journal of Prevention Practice and Research. 1(1), (2009), 21-28.
  • Jordan, C.M., Wong, K.A., Jungnickel, P.W. Joosten, Y.A. Leugers, R.C. Shields, S.L. The Community Engaged Scholarship Review Promotion and Tenure Package: A guide for faculty and committee members. Metropolitan Universities Journal, 20(2), (2009), 66-86.
  • Jordan, C., Johnson, A., Hughes, S., Shapiro, E. The development of a new measure of declarative memory for 18 to 36 month old toddlers. Child Neuropsychology, 14(1), (2008), 21-41.
  • Potegal, M., Robison, S., Anderson, F., Jordan, C., Shapiro, E. Sequence and priming in 15 month olds' reactions to brief arm restraint: Evidence for a hierarchy of anger responses. Aggressive Behavior, 33, (2007), 1-11.
  • Jordan, C.M., Lee, P.A., Olkon, R., Pirie, P.L. Messages from moms: Barriers to and facilitators of behavior change in a lead poisoning preventive education project. Journal of Health Communications, 12, (2007), 771–786.
  • Gust, S. Jordan, C. The community impact statement: A prenuptual agreement for community-campus partnerships. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 11(2), (2006), 155-169.
  • Jordan, C., Gust, S., Scheman, N. The trustworthiness of research: The paradigm of community-based research. Metropolitan Universities Journal 16(1). (2005), 39-57.
  • Conceptualized paper, defined intellectual content, co-wrote the manuscript and edited final manuscript. Co-authors from UMN and community partner.
  • Calleson, D.C. Jordan, C., Seifer, S.D. Community-engaged scholarship: Is faculty work in communities a true academic enterprise? Academic Medicine, 80(4). (2005), 317-321.
  • Jordan, C., Lee, P., Hampton, R., Pirie, P. Recommendations from lead poisoning prevention program participants: Best practices. Health Promotion Practice, 5(4), (2004), 429-437.
  • Jordan, C., Yust, B., Robison, L., Hannan, P., Deinard, A. A randomized trial of education to prevent lead burden in high risk children: Efficacy as measured by blood lead monitoring. Environmental Health Perspectives, 111(16), (2003), 1947-1951.
  • Jordan, C., Lee, P., Shapiro, E. Measuring developmental outcomes of lead in an urban neighborhood: the challenges of community-based research. Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology, 10, (2000), 1-11.