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Cathy Jordan

Director and associate professor, University of Minnesota Extension's Children, Youth, and Family Consortium

Current work, research and interests

Cathy Jordan PhotoCathy, pediatric neuropsychologist by training, is director of University of Minnesota Extension’s Children, Youth, and Family Consortium (CYFC) and an associate professor of pediatrics. Cathy leads CYFC’s efforts to address educational and health disparities through policy education, the generation, dissemination and application of research, and programmatic partnerships.

Cathy’s early research endeavors focused on developmental neurotoxicology and her efforts 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 their 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.

Academic degrees and experience

Selected publications

Jordan, C.M., Doherty, W., Jones-Webb, R., Cook, N., Dubrow, G., Mendenhall, T. (2012). Competency-based faculty development in community-engaged scholarship: A diffusion of innovation approach. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 16(1), 65-96.

Jordan, C., Seifer, S.D., Gelmon, S.B., Ryan, K., McGinley, P. (2011). An Online Tool for Peer Reviewed Publication and Dissemination of Diverse Products of Community-Engaged Scholarship. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 5(2), 189-199.

Jordan, C., Gust, S., Scheman, N. (2005). The trustworthiness of research: The paradigm of community-based research. Metropolitan Universities Journal 16(1). 39-57.

Calleson, D.C., Jordan, C., Seifer, S.D. (2005). Community-engaged scholarship: Is faculty work in communities a true academic enterprise? Academic Medicine, 80(4).

Jordan, C., Yust, B., Robison, L., Hannan, P., Deinard, A. (2003). 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), 1947-1951.

Courses taught

University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus

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