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Christian Jordal

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Christian Jordal


Clinical Professor/Interim Department Chair

Counseling and Family Therapy Department

Christian Jordal, PhD, is the interim chair and an associate clinical professor of the Counseling & Family Therapy Department. He formerly taught foundational, contextual and supervisory graduate and undergraduate courses in couple and family therapy, counseling psychology, and human development at the Northcentral University, University of Oregon and Virginia Tech. Jordal is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Pennsylvania and been clinically active for 15 years across a variety of university, agency and hospital-based settings, including the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University of California at San Diego, the Family Therapy Center at the University of Oregon and the Marriage and Family Counseling Service in Rock Island, Illinois. He has a private practice in Center City Philadelphia.

Jordal's research agenda includes the use of mixed methodology and encompasses LGBT and mixed orientation relationships, marital commitment and behavioral health outcomes. Jordal is the editor of the Journal of Family Psychotherapy, affiliated with the International Family Therapy Association. He has co-authored several articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals and presented his work at national conferences including the American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy; American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists; the International Family Therapy Association; National Council for Family Relations; and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Jordal is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a certified sex therapist and supervisor by the American Society for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Jordal serves on the State (PA) Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors, as well as the Commission for Accreditation on Marriage and Family Therapy Education.

Professional Society

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Pennsylvania – License MF000699
Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Certified Sex Therapist, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists

Selected Publications

Ashton, D., & Jordal, C. (2019). Revisioning Gender. In M. McGoldrick and K. V. Hardy (Eds.), Re-visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture, and Culture in Clinical Practice. New York: The Guilford Press.

Editorial review board membership:

Editor, Journal of Family Psychotherapy, International Family Therapy Association

Reviewer, Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Research Interests

  • Human sexuality
  • Sex and relationships
  • LGBTQ issues, transitions and relationships
  • Marriage and infidelity
  • Mental wellness
  • Marriage & family therapy training/education

Widener University – Chester, PA
Post-graduate Certificate: Advanced Training in Transgender Mental Health (2018)

Council for Relationships – Philadelphia, PA
Certificate Program in Sex Therapy (2014)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University – Blacksburg, VA
PhD in Human Development, Concentration: Marriage & Family Therapy (2011)

The University of San Diego – San Diego, CA
MA in Marital and Family Therapy (2006)

Pennsylvania State University – University Park, PA
BS in Psychology (1994)