Jordan is a lecturer in the School of Education and a member of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition (PRC-PAN) at the University of Newcastle. He attained a Bachelor of Teaching (secondary)/ Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (Hons) from the University of Newcastle in 2010 and completed his PhD in 2015. Jordan also holds a Strength and Conditioning Coaching qualification from the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).
Jordan's doctoral research focused on obesity prevention among disadvantaged adolescent boys, with a particular emphasis on the promotion of resistance training as a 'hook' to get boys re-engaged with physical activity. In partnership with the Department of Education, the school-based fitness program that Jordan helped to develop is currently being implemented in public high schools throughout New South Wales.
Jordan's PhD research helped to consolidate his research focus. He is currently interested in building evidence around the physical and mental health benefits of resistance exercise. In addition he is investigating novel ways to promote muscle-strengthening physical activities like resistance training to different population groups.
In addition to the fitness programs currently being delivered in NSW schools, Jordan has recently been involved in the delivery of the eParkFit program, an exercise intervention integrating smartphone technology, the outdoor environment and resistance exercise as a means of improving the health and well-being of adults at risk of Type 2 diabetes.