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Jennifer JordanAssociate Professor

MA(1st Class Hons) Dip Clin Psych(Cant) PhD(Otago) FNZCCP

Tel +64 3 372 6700

Jenny has been an investigator and therapist in a series of randomised clinical trials, evaluating different psychotherapies for serious mental disorders including eating disorders, depression and latterly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to the Christchurch earthquakes.

These therapies include cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, schema therapy, and metacognitive therapy.

She was part of the research team who developed specialist supportive clinical management for anorexia nervosa.

Jenny is currently Co-lead Investigator of the New Zealand arm of the Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI), the largest genetic investigation of eating disorders ever performed. For more information, visit

Current research interests

Psychotherapies for mental disorders

  • Mood, anxiety and eating disorders research
    • Diagnostic issues and comorbidity
    • Transdiagnostic processes and approaches
    • Cultural responsiveness
  • Christchurch Earthquakes
    • Psychiatric and psychosocial impacts
  • Comparative psychotherapy trials
    • Predictors of outcome and psychotherapy response
    • Mechanisms of change
    • Therapy process factors
    • Patient perspectives
    • Language of psychotherapy


Gray, V., Moot, W., Frampton, C. M. A., Douglas, K. M., Gallagher, P., Jordan, J., … Inder, M., Crowe, M., McIntosh, V. V. W., & Porter, R. J. (2024). The effect of age on emotion processing in individuals with mood disorders and in healthy individuals. Frontiers in Psychology, 15, 1204204. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2024.1204204

Barr, B. L., McIntosh, V. V. W., Britt, E. F., Jordan, J., & Carter, J. D. (2024). Clinical factors and early life experiences associated with therapeutic alliance development in treatment for depression or binge eating. Psychotherapy Research, 34(1), 4-16. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2023.2191800

Donovan, K. A., Beaglehole, B., Frampton, C. M. A., Currie, M., Boden, J. M., & Jordan, J. (2023). Tōku Oranga: The subjective wellbeing and psychological functioning of postgraduate and medical students in Ōtautahi Christchurch. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1586), 51-62. Retrieved from

Kennedy, H. L., Hitchman, L. M., Pettie, M. A., Bulik, C. M., & Jordan, J. (2023). Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) in New Zealand and Australia: A scoping review. Journal of Eating Disorders, 11, 196. doi: 10.1186/s40337-023-00922-9

Clark, M. T. R., Manuel, J., Lacey, C., Pitama, S., Cunningham, R., & Jordan, J. (2023). ‘E koekoe te Tūī, e ketekete te Kākā, e kuku te Kererū, The Tūī chatters, the Kākā cackles, and the Kererū coos’: Insights into explanatory factors, treatment experiences and recovery for Māori with eating disorders: A qualitative study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/00048674231207583

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