Zoe Jordan

Zoe Jordan

Executive Director, Joanna Briggs Institute

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Professor Zoe Jordan is interested in the relationship between communication theory, empathy, engagement and translation science, particularly in a global context.

Professor Zoe Jordan is the Executive Director of JBI and has held numerous leadership positions over the past 20 years’ working to promote and support evidence-based healthcare globally. Professor Jordan is interested in the relationship between communication theory, engagement, and translation science, particularly in an increasingly global context.  She is also interested in international, cross-cultural collaboration, including but not limited to discursive competence, cultural brokering, and relational empathy.

Professor Jordan has a keen interest in research and synthesis prioritisation and the role of global collaborative evidence networks in addressing global health issues. She is particularly interested in understanding how evidence syntheses efforts related to global frameworks such as the United National Sustainable Development Goals can be more efficiently and effectively addressed in more cohesive, coordinated and collaborative ways to generate meaningful impact across the evidence ecosystem. She has been involved in the Global Evidence Commission Response Working Group (Australia) to better understand the national evidence architecture. 

Stakeholder engagement in evidence synthesis is critical to the success of synthesis programs and as such Professor Jordan leads a JBI working group aimed at developing guidance for those undertaking synthesis projects. Related to this work program of work, she is also a member of the SPOR Evidence Alliance International Advisory Committee (Canada) and works closely with the Multi-Stakeholder Engagement Consortia (MuSE) and Cochrane Co-Production Methodology Group.

As a systematic review methodologist Professor Jordan believes in the importance of having an inclusive approach to what constitutes evidence to guide policy and practice. She has been a member of the JBI Textual Evidence Synthesis Methodology Group for many years and is a strong advocate for the utilisation of opinion, narrative, and text where appropriate. She is also a member of the Evidence Synthesis Taxonomy Initiative Advisory Group (ESTI) which seeks to improve the quality and science of evidence synthesis of medical research through the development of an evidence synthesis taxonomy.

Professor Jordan believes in a holistic approach to evidence-based healthcare and was a key driver in the redevelopment of the JBI Model of Evidence Based Healthcare and the associated EBHC "Flywheel" which seeks to unpack key drivers of momentum in evidence-based healthcare. This work spans evidence generation, synthesis, transfer, and implementation. Professor Jordan is a member of the Health Translation SA Implementation Science Network Executive and in this capacity hopes to influence state-wide initiatives that showcase the exceptional knowledge and expertise across the state in this field.

In addition to her academic interests, Professor Jordan was the recipient of the South Australian Telstra Businesswomen’s Award for Public Sector and Academia in 2019. This award recognises women who transform the status quo and dedicate themselves to making an impact in their field and acknowledged the significant impact Professor Jordan has made in the field of knowledge translation and commercialisation globally.

Professor Jordan has secured significant competitive and commercial funding to support global evidence-based healthcare initiatives, has forged global partnerships and has published and presented widely on methodologies and frameworks for evidence-based healthcare, international collaboration, and communication in health research. Professor Jordan is currently CI on an international Cat 3 research translation agreement worth in excess of $3M AUD annually. This program facilitates the translation of research into clinical practice globally via JBI and its international collaboration in partnership with Wolters Kluwer Health.

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Principal Supervisor Systematic Review on Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with Head and Neck Cancer Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Dr Ken Lin
    2024 Principal Supervisor Building Equitable Global Collaborative Evidence Networks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Bianca Pilla
    2018 Co-Supervisor Nurses experiences caring for prisoners with dementia, and development of a framework for early identification and best practice management Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Sherryl Ann Gaston
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Use of Electrocardiogram Monitoring in Adult Patients Taking High-Risk QT Interval Prolonging Drugs in Clinical Practice: A Systematic Review Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Ms Marijana Putnikovic
    2019 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Doing the Unthinkable Together: Health Professional Grief and Partnership with Families During Paediatric Critical Illness Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Shannon Barnes
    2017 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Experiences of learning, development and preparedness for clinical practice among undergraduate paramedicine students, graduate/intern paramedics and their preceptors: a qualitative systematic review Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Mr Hilding Hanna
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Evolving Emotions: Critically Analysing the Associations between Mindful Parenting and Affect Regulation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Kishani Samantha Townshend
    2013 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The experiences of health professionals who participate in teamwork education programmes in acute hospital settings: A systematic review of qualitative evidence Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Ms Kylie Jane Eddy
    2012 - 2013 Principal Supervisor The Effect of Early Oral Feeding Compared to Standard Oral Feeding Following Total Laryngectomy: A Systematic Review Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Ms Stephanie Kay Martin
    2012 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Women's experience of diabetes and diabetes management in pregnancy: A systematic review of qualitative literature Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Mrs Lynn Costi
    2012 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Carers' Experiences of Seeking Help for Relatives with First-Episode Psychosis: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Evidence Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Dr Suzanne Kaye Dawson
    2012 - 2014 Principal Supervisor The Experiences of Aboriginal Health Workers and Non Aboriginal Health Professionals Working Collaboratively in the Delivery of Health Care to Aboriginal Australians: a systematic review of qualitative evidence. Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Ms Carmel Anne Mercer
    2011 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Effectiveness of Music Interventions in Reducing Dental Anxiety in Paediatric and Adult Patients Master of Philosophy (Clinical Science) Master Full Time Dr Sandeep Moola
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Addressing the patient experience in medical imaging Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Prof Zachary Munn
    2011 - 2012 Co-Supervisor A Systematic Review of Evidence on the Effectiveness of Video Laryngoscopes in Acute Care Facilities Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Mr Scott Andrew Mitchell
    2010 - 2011 Co-Supervisor The Experiences of Overseas-Trained Medical Doctors in Adjusting to the Australian Rural Context Master of Philosophy (Clinical Science) Master Full Time Dr Aye Gyi
    2009 - 2011 Co-Supervisor The Best Evidence for Assisted Bathing of Older Adults with Dementia: A Comprehensive Systematic Review Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Dr Rie Konno
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2023 - ongoing Advisory Board Member NIKEZ International Advisory Board NIKEZ, Czech Ministry of Health Czech Republic
    2023 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Deeble Institute Advisory Board Deeble Institute Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2023 - ongoing Member HTSA Implementation Science Executive Committee Health Translation SA Australia
    2023 - ongoing Member HTSA Implementation Science Network Executive Committee Health Translation SA Australia
    2021 - ongoing Member Evidence Synthesis Taxonomy International Advisory Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2021 - ongoing Member SPOR Evidence Alliance International Advisory Committee SPOR Evidence Alliance Canada
    2014 - ongoing Chair JBI Collaboration Committee of Directors JBI Australia
    2014 - 2020 Member JBI Advisory Committee JBI Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences KT Collaborative University of Adelaide Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Board Member Journal of Nursing Referência (Revista de Enfermagem Referência) - -
  • Position: Executive Director, Joanna Briggs Institute
  • Phone: 83132926
  • Email: zoe.jordan@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Womens & Childrens Hospital
  • Building: WCH - Norwich Centre, floor 3
  • Org Unit: JBI

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