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Research interests

My research interests focus on the study of paediatric chronic pain and its impact on young people and families.  I am a core member of the Bath Centre for Pain Research and head up the Pain in Children research theme.



I continue to work to explore the experience and impact of parenting a child or young person with chronic pain on parents.  Work includes adopting a more systemic focus to examine the wider familial impact of paediatric chronic pain, including fathers and siblings in addition to parental chronic pain.  See here for a recent qualitative synthesis that addresses parental relationships.


Pain narratives

Current work takes a narrative approach to studying how young people and their families understand and make sense of their pain.  I am working to examine how narratives are co-constructed within the family unit and how narratives develop across childhood, adolescence and young adulthood.


Social development

Taking a developmental angle I examine the socio-developmental challenges (e.g. development of autonomy, peer relationships) in paediatric chronic pain and how these challenges are managed by young people and families.  I am in particularly interested in studying identity in this context.  


Diagnostic uncertainty

Finally, I am working collaboratively to explore how young people, parents and clinicians make sense of idiopathic paediatric chronic pain when there is perceived uncertainty concerning its cause and/or prognosis.  See here for our recent review.


PhD supervision

I am keen to discuss potential PhD applications in any of my areas of research detailed above or related areas.

Education/Academic qualification

Practitioner Psychologist - Health Psychology CPsychol

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society AFBPsS

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

External positions

External Examiner , University of Stirling

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Projects 2016 2021

Research Output 2000 2020

A usability and feasibility study of a computerized version of the Bath Adolescent Pain Questionnaire: The BAPQ-C

Jordan, A., Begen, F., Austin, L., Edwards, R. & Connell, H., 6 Jan 2020, In : BMC Pediatrics. 20, 1, 6.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Fear, boldness and caution: Parent effects on how children manage chronic pain

Gauntlett-Gilbert, J. & Jordan, A., 28 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Pain.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Downloads (Pure)

(Un)spoken realities of living with axial spondyloarthritis: a qualitative study focused on couple experiences

Raybone, K., Family, H., Sengupta, R. & Jordan, A., 3 Jul 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 7, p. 1-8 8 p., e025261.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Adolescent and Parent Experiences of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Pediatric Chronic Pain: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Kanstrup, M., Jordan, A. & Kemani, M., 7 Sep 2019, In : Children. 6, 9, p. 1-17 17 p., 101.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access