Facts of interest:
From 2007-2013, she worked in the research division in the Department of Veteran Affairs in the North Florida South Georgia Veteran’s Health System. She was involved in interdisciplinary research to ease Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ return to community life after combat.
Meggan is a color enthusiast and tinkers with interior and graphic design in her spare time. She is often found in the paint aisle at Home Depot, daydreaming about the colors for each room of her house.
A transplant from the South, she makes a mean sweet tea and is known to eat massive quantities of fried okra in one sitting.
- 2004 BA in Sociology University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
- 2006 MA in Applied Sociology University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
- 2012 PhD in Sociology University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
- 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Health - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Areas of research:
Currently, Dr. Jordan is involved in a program of research on family caregiving. Working in team science for many years, she collaborates with family scholars, public health researchers, and geriatric nurse experts to bring outsider perspectives to her own discipline: sociology. The ultimate goal of her research is to identify policies or proposals that create a more equitable health care system. This effort, she argues, will inevitably create more equitable family relations. She focuses her research on two problems related to caregiving and the care crisis.
- Fragmentation in U.S. health care and its impact on caregiving labor
The fragmented nature of the U.S. health care system has a profound impact on families, and family members have more care responsibilities than ever before. Within this context, Dr. Jordan explores how the boundaries between professional and lay caregivers are blurring, causing family caregivers to act as informal nurses on the front lines of care. One of her grants, for example, proposes to shed light on the “shadow work” of caregiving and how the health care system demands more from families than they can reasonably take on. Ensuring that caregiving is equitable to both caregivers and patients is one goal of her research.
- Caregiving as a public health risk and interventions to alleviate caregiver strain
Family caregivers may save the health care system money, but they do so at great cost to their own health. Currently, Dr. Jordan is Co-Investigator on two randomized clinical trials testing the effectiveness of a nurse-led intervention to improve caregiver depression and health-related quality of life. If the intervention proves effective, she will visit clinics around California to help them implement caregiver programs in their own practice.
During her time at CSU Stanislaus, she hopes to create a “caregiver research lab” where undergraduates can learn how to apply their sociological knowledge to health care issues and directly help family caregivers in California.
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