Cathy Jordan

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Dr. Cathy Jordan is an associate professor of pediatrics and extension at the University of Minnesota. Her early research focused on two large, longitudinal, federally funded community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects beginning in the 1990s on childhood lead poisoning prevention and impact. Her current research focuses on the developmental benefits of connecting children and families to nature. Through her early CBPR projects, she became intensely interested in models of research that aim to address community-defined needs and contribute to social and policy change yet enhance scientific methodology and contribute valid information to our knowledge base. Cathy enjoys helping academics and community members learn to use participatory approaches. She has extensive experience working with faculty members to build their capacity to develop scholarly products from community-engaged activities and to navigate promotion and tenure as community-engaged scholars. Cathy earned her B.A. with high honors in psychology from Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Wayne State University. She is an inaugural inductee of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship and winner of the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Community Service Award and Outstanding Partner in Engagement Award. She is also the recipient of the President’s Community-Engaged Scholar award from the Medical School.