Dr Julie-Ann Jordan

Senior Researcher, NHSCT
Research Associate, Ulster University

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Julie-Ann has worked in the IMPACT Research Centre since 2019. In March 2022 she took up the role of Senior Researcher in the Forensic Managed Care Network (a post commissioned to the IMPACT Research Centre). Working across Health and Social Care services and Criminal Justice Agencies, the Forensic Managed Care Network aims to positively shape future service planning and delivery by, promoting collaboration, good practice examples, informing commissioners of priority areas of need and sharing learning and research to make evidence-based service improvements across the region. Her forensic research interests span several areas: prevention of offending; causes of offending; outcomes of offenders; co-morbidities of offenders (e.g. brain injury; learning disability); prevalence of mental health problems among offenders; understanding victims of crimes; and forensic staff wellbeing. In her regional role she facilitates research collaborations between universities and Forensic Services in Northern Ireland. Further, she offers research advice and practical hands on support to forensic staff seeking to engage in research. Julie-Ann is keen to further promote a culture of research within Forensic Services and is happy to assist staff in their research from the stage of idea formulation all the way through to dissemination.

In previous roles she worked as a Teaching Fellow in Statistics (2007-2009; Queen’s University Belfast), an Assistant Statistician (2009-2012; Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency) and then as a researcher (2012-2018; Queen’s University Belfast). In these roles she analysed large administrative and survey datasets, performed data linkage, used qualitative methods, and conducted complex quantitative analysis (e.g. multi-level modelling; latent class analysis; growth curve modelling). Recently she was the analytical lead on a project that linked the Psychological Therapies Service – Routine Outcome Measurement Database (PTS-ROMD) with hospital admission and prescription data. She is currently collaborating with Ulster University on a research programme focusing on awareness of and attitudes towards coercive control amongst the general public.

Selected publications

Higgins K, O’Neill N, O’Hara L, Jordan J-A, McCann M, O’Neill T,  et al. (2019). Evidence for public health on novel psychoactive substance use: a mixed-methods study. Public Health Research, 7(14).

McCann, M. , Jordan, J.-A., Higgins, K. and Moore, L.  (2019) Longitudinal social network analysis of peer, family and school contextual influences on adolescent drinking frequency. Journal of Adolescent Health, (doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.03.004) (PMID:31196786)  (Early Online Publication).

Jordan, J-A., McCann, M., Katikireddi, V., & Higgins, K. (2018).  Harmonising alcohol consumption, sales and related outcomes across the UK and Ireland: An insurmountable barrier to policy evaluation? Drugs: Education, prevention and policy.

Higgins, K., Perra, O., McCartan, C., McCann, M., McLaughlin, A., Percy, A., Jordan, J-A., (2018). The Belfast Youth Development Study (BYDS): a prospective cohort study of the initiation, persistence and desistance of substance use from adolescence to adulthood in Northern Ireland. PLOS ONE.

Jordan, J.A., & Dyer, K. (2017). Psychological wellbeing trajectories of individuals with dyslexia aged 3-11 years.  Dyslexia, 23(2), 161-180.

Dillenburger, K., Jordan, J-A., McKerr, L., Lloyd, K., & Schubotz, D. (2017). Autism awareness in children and young people: surveys of two populations. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 61(8), 766-77.

Jordan, J-A & Coulter, L. (2016). Individual differences in speech and language ability profiles in areas of high deprivation. Child Care in Practice, 1-14.

Dillenburger, K., Jordan, J-A., & McKerr, L. (2015). Creating and inclusive society. How close are we in relation to Autism Spectrum Disorder? A general population survey. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 28(4), 330-40.

Dillenburger, K., Jordan, J-A., McKerr, L., & Keenan, M. (2015). The Millennium child with autism: Early trajectories for health, education and economic wellbeing. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 18, 1, 37-46.

Jordan, J. A., McGladdery, G. & Dyer, K. (2014).  Dyslexia in higher education: Implications for statistics anxiety and psychological wellbeing, Dyslexia, 20 (3), 225-240.

Dillenburger, K., Jordan, J-A., & McKerr, L., Devine, P., & Keenan, M. (2013). Awareness and knowledge of autism and autism interventions: A general population survey. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 1558-1567.

Jordan, J. A., McRorie, M. & Ewing, C. (2010). Gender differences in the role of emotional intelligence during the primary-secondary school transition. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.


HSC R&D Division COVID-19 Funding call. Effectiveness of staff-wellbeing interventions in response to COVID-19 in Northern Ireland. (Shannon, Jordan, Dyer; 2020; £68,274).

HSC R&D Research Fund. Impact of psychological supports during the COVID-19 pandemic in NHSCT (Dyer, Jordan, Carroll, Kerrigan, McClements, Elliott & Shannon; 2020; £3834).

Public Health Agency. Understanding of coercive control and psychological abuse in Northern Ireland: A survey of young people and adults (Shannon, Jordan, Lagdon, Tully, Shorter, & Armour; 2019; £40,000).

HSC R & D Research Fund. The association between bullying victimisation and psychosis and the mediating role of peer and family support. (Shannon, Jordan, Higgins, Kelly & Mulholland; 2019; £3,000).

HSC R & D Research Fund. A path analysis of the childhood trauma-PTSD relationship and a Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (Dyer, Shannon, Jordan, Hanna, Curran, & Moore; 2019; £6,400).

HSC R & D Research Fund. Investigating loneliness in people with acquired brain injury in Northern Ireland: A qualitative study. (Rauch, Taylor, Pogue, Jordan, Pedlow & Duffy; 2019; £3,041).

HSC R & D Research Fund. Linking Psychological therapies data with hospital admissions, prescriptions and self-harm data (Dyer, Jordan, & Elliott; 2019; £4,560).

DARUG funding. Dementia data analytics project. Data analytics regarding dementia in people with a learning disability: developing the full picture in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. (Bravey, Jordan et al., 2019; £62,000).

Match funding from HSC R & D Division and Faculty at Queen’s University Belfast. HSC R & D Division Opportunity-Led Commissioned Research. Tracing the longitudinal Belfast Youth Development Study cohort: A feasibility study. (Higgins & Jordan; 2018; £90,000).

Q-Step Teaching Dataset Competition (Higgins, Jordan & McLaughlin; 2018; £4,000)

Faculty Research Initiatives Fund. Maximising personal and public involvement in the design of future Belfast Youth Development Study sweeps. (Higgins & Jordan; 2017; £1,410).

HSC R & D Division Enabling Research Award to compare NI and RoI alcohol-related data (Higgins, Jordan, McCann, Leyland, Lewsey, McLaughlin, Campbell, Kee, & Katikireddi; 2016; £39,992)

Project ABLE Evaluation co-applicant (Dillenburger, Jordan, & McKerr; 2013; £5,998)

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