Mark Jordans, PhD

Director of Research and Development, War Child Holland

Mark Jordans, MSc, PhD, is Professor of Child and Adolescent Global Mental Health at the University of Amsterdam, and Reader, Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Humanitarian Settings, at the Center for Global Mental Health, King’s College London. He is a child psychologist and works as Director of Research & Development for the NGO War Child in the Netherlands, where he directs a team of researchers evaluating a package of interventions to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children in areas of armed conflict. His research interests are the development, implementation and evaluation of psychosocial and mental health care systems in low and middle income countries, especially for children in adversities and in fragile states. Mark Jordans is the founder and Senior Technical Advisor of TPO Nepal, a mental health NGO in Nepal, where he worked between 1999 and 2011. He has lead the Nepal team for several global mental health programs, including the PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME), a consortium focusing on the integration of mental health into primary care in low resource settings), and the Emerald program researching the health system requirements for the integration of mental health into primary health care. He is an advisor to several global mental health initiates, including several WHO expert committees and the Collaborative for mental health and psychosocial support for children in humanitarian settings. He was a commissioner for the Lancet Commission Report on Global Mental Health. For his research program at War Child he was the recipient of the Jacobs Best Practice Award.


Professional Expertise


Public health, Psychology, Psychiatry


Common mental health conditions, Conflict/post-conflict settings, Primary health care, Trauma

Methodological Areas

Implementation science, Intervention development and testing, Quantitative methods, Research evaluation methods, Systematic review/metaanalyses, Theory of change/logic models

Strategies expertise

Intervention scale-up, Quality improvement, Task shifting/sharing

Intervention Expertise

Anti-stigma interventions, Family interventions, Health system interventions, Mental health awareness/promotion, Parenting interventions, Problem solving therapy, Psychosocial skills, School-based interventions

Partnership Expertise

International NGOs