PRIME's Prof Mark Jordans Receives Special Appointment

26 Jul 2018 - 12:30

Mark JordansDr Mark Jordans, PRIME's Principal Investigator in Nepal, has been named professor by special appointment of Child and Adolescent Global Mental Health at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences it was reported on the university's website.

According to the university's website the chair was established on behalf of the War Child Holland Foundation.

"As professor by special appointment, Prof Jordans will establish a research programme linked to the work of War Child, which will focus on a care system that can be implemented in LMIC and humanitarian settings, is evidence-based, scalable and equitable. The research programme will investigate the development and evaluation of a care system that integrates targeted psychosocial support and mental health care. It will study various approaches towards child protection services aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect and will examine how the school and family environment can contribute to the wellbeing of children by promoting non-violent ways of upbringing and teaching. Moreover, it will involve intervention-level work that transfers current practice to meaningful evidence-based practice by establishing efficacy and effectiveness on the one hand and social relevance on the other. Implementation science studies will focus on how to transfer evidence-based interventions to achieve large-scale impact.

"Prof Jordans is currently director of Research and Development at War Child Holland. In addition, he is Reader in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Humanitarian Settings at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences, King’s College London. He has been an honorary associate professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s Center for Global Mental Health since 2012. He is the founder and senior technical advisor of TPO Nepal, a leading mental health NGO in Nepal, where he worked between 1999 and 2011."

Prof Jordans has led the PRIME Nepal team based at TPO Nepal in the development, implementation, evaluation scaling of a district specific mental healthcare plan in Chitwan. This work has led to significant policy change in Nepal, including informing the Community Mental Healthcare Package of the Primary Healthcare Revitalisation Division of Nepal, the development of national standard treatment protocol based on mhGAP and the addition of psychotropic medications to the free drugs list.

From the PRIME team a hearty congratulations to Prof Jordans on this well-deserved honour!

Picture credit: Sander Stoepker