Arthur Brennan

Dr Arthur Brennan

School: Nursing

Job Title: Senior Lecturer


Phone: 07768 145 554 or 020 8417 5790

Location: Kingston Hill Campus, Kingston University, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7LB


Arthur is a senior research lecturer in the Faculty, teaching and supervising BSc, MSc and PhD students.

Arthur qualified as a registered general nurse in 1978 at Lewisham and Guy's Hospital working in the field of Orthopaedics. Two years later, he qualified as a registered mental health nurse at the Maudsley Hospital. He was then appointed as a charge nurse at the mother and baby unit and acute psychiatric ward in Bethlem Royal Hospital where he remained for five years before taking up the post of in-service training officer at Warlingham Park Hospital in 1985. He has also worked in the field of forensic psychiatry at Springfield University Hospital in south-west London.

Between 1987-1991 Arthur completed an undergraduate degree in health studies and a postgraduate certificate in the education of adults at Surrey University, then in 1993 obtained a masters in health psychology from London's City University. In 2008 he gained his doctorate from Kingston University and has presented his doctorial work on 'Couvade Syndrome amongst fathers during gestation' at a number of conferences in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Canada, as well as giving several UK and international television interviews on his research investigating 'sympathy pregnancies' in men.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PgDip, SFHEA, CHERP-Kingston University
  • PhD, FRSM, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • PhD,
  • MSc,
  • BSc(Hons),
  • Registered Nurse Teacher
  • Registered Mental Nurse
  • Registered General Nurse
  • FHEA

Professional experience

  • 1996 - present
    Senior Lecturer, Kingston University and St George's University, London,
  • 1991 - 1996
    Lecturer, Mayday & Croydon Hospitals,
  • 1985 - 1990
    In-service Training Officer, Warlingham Park Hospital,
  • 1980 - 1985
    Charge Nurse, Acute and Maternal Psychiatry, Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals,
  • 1980 - 1980
    Staff Nurse, Acute and Maternal Psychiatry, Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals,
  • 1979 - 1980
    Registered Mental Nurse, Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals,
  • 1979 - 1979
    Staff Nurse, Orthopaedic Unit, Lewisham Hospital,
  • 1975 - 1978
    Registered General Nurse, Lewisham and Guy's Hospital,

Professional registration and membership

  • RCN,
  • NMC,
  • FHEA,
  • MILT,
  • FRSM,
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine

Research interests

Health and reproductive psychology.


Number of items: 10.


Foran, Claire and Brennan, Arthur (2015) Prevention and early detection of cervical cancer in the UK. British Journal of Nursing, 24(Sup. 10), S22-S29. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Brennan, Arthur (2014) Couvade syndrome: why some men suffer morning sickness and develop signs of pregnancy. The Independent,

Brennan, Arthur (2014) Couvade syndrome: why some men develop signs of pregnancy. The Conversation,

Mangion, Doreen and Brennan, Arthur (2014) Relationship between the ‘two-week rule’ and colorectal cancer diagnosis. British Journal of Nursing, 23(12), pp. 660-667. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Brennan, Arthur, Ayers, Susan, Ahmed, Hafez and Marshall-Lucette, Sylvie (2007) A critical review of the Couvade syndrome: the pregnant male. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 25(3), pp. 173-189. ISSN (print) 0264-6838

Brennan, Arthur, Marshall-Lucette, Sylvie, Ayers, Susan and Ahmed, Hafez (2007) A qualitative exploration of the Couvade syndrome in expectant fathers. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 25(1), pp. 18-39. ISSN (print) 0264-6838

Brennan, Arthur (1997) Efficacy of cardiac rehabilitation 2: smoking and behaviour modification. British Journal of Nursing, 6(13), pp. 737-740. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Brennan, Arthur (1997) Efficacy of cardiac rehabilitation. 1: a critique of the research. British Journal of Nursing, 6(12), pp. 697-702. ISSN (print) 0966-0461

Conference or Workshop Item

Brennan, Arthur and Marshall-Lucette, Sylvie (2009) The Couvade Syndrome: implications of the "pregnant" male from a global perspective. In: International Nursing Research Congress: Focusing on evidence based practice; 13 - 17 Jul 2009, Vancouver, Canada. (Unpublished)


Brennan, Arthur B. (2008) A study of the Couvade syndrome in the male partners of pregnant women in the UK. (PhD thesis), Kingston University,

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