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Dr Kenneth Gannon

Clinical Research Director and Research Degree Leader

Health Promotion and Behaviour Research Group

Kenneth Gannon is Research Director for the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Research Degrees Lead for the School of Psychology.  His research interests are principally in the area of men's health and currently focus on prostate cancer.

    Dr Gannon completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in psychology at Trinity College, Dublin. He then undertook training in clinical psychology in the St John of God Services, Dublin. Following this he moved to St Mary’s Hospital London to undertake postdoctoral research into recurrent miscarriage. He continued his postdoctoral work in University College London on accidents in medicine. He spent over ten years as a lecturer in behavioural science in the school of medicine at QMUL and moved to UEL in 2002 to take up the post of Research Director on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. Dr Gannon’s research interests lie in the broad area of health psychology. More specifically, he has conducted research into various aspects of men’s health; including infertility, prostate cancer and lower urinary tract symptoms. He also has an interest in the psychosocial consequences of visible difference. He was co-editor of the Journal of Reproductive an Infant Psychology for several years and was also Chair of the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, so he also has a broad interest in all aspects of human reproduction.

    My role as Research Director for the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology involves developing and delivering the taught research components of the programme.  The aim is for graduates to be competent researchers in their own right, to be critical consumers of the research of others, to be able to contribute knowledgeably and critically to developments in evidence-based healthcare and to be able to reflect on the conceptual and ethical underpinnings of the work they do.  I also supervise research theses at Professional Doctorate and PhD levels and have been involved in supervising over 50 students to successful completion.  My own research interests focus particularly on the psychological aspects of prostate cancer and I have also written about the ethical aspects of evidence-based practice.
    • External Examiner, Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Hull, 2014-Present.
    • External Examiner, Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Teeside University 2012-Present.


    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    Myrie, C. V., & Gannon, K. N. (2013). “Should I really be here?” Exploring the relationship between Black men’s conceptions of wellbeing, subject positions and help-seeking behaviour. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 10(1), 1–22.|

    Williams, E. F., Gannon, K. N., & Soon, K. (2011). The experiences of young people with epidermolysis bullosa simplex: a qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(5), 701–710. doi:10.1177/1359105310387954|

    Gannon, K. N., Guerro-Blanco, M., Patel, A., & Abel, P. (2010). Re-constructing masculinity following radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. The Aging Male, 13(4), 258-264. doi:10.3109/13685538.2010.487554|

    Book Chapters

    Harper, D. J., Gannon, K. N., & Robinson, M. (2013). Beyond evidence-based practice: rethinking the relationship between research, theory and practice. In R. Bayne & G. Jinks (Eds.), Applied psychology: practice, training and new directions. (2nd ed.). London: Sage.|


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    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles Tillin, T., Gannon, K. N., Feldman, R. A., & Williams, N. S. (2006). Third-party prospective evaluation of patient outcomes after dynamic graciloplasty. British Journal of Surgery, 93(11), 1402–1410. doi:10.1002/bjs.5393

    Glover, L., Gannon, K. N., & Abel, P. (1996). Differences between doctor and patient estimates of outcome in male sub-fertility clinic attenders. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 35, 531–542. doi:10.1111/j.2044-8260.1996.tb01209.x

    Glover, L., Gannon, K. N., Sher, L., & Abel, P. (1996). Distress in sub-fertile men: A longitudinal study. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 14, 23–36. doi:10.1080/02646839608405856

    Book Chapters

    Gannon, K. Evidence-based practice - the ethical dimension. (2015). Tribe. R & Morrissey. J. (2015) (Eds)  (2nd edn) The Handbook of Professional and Ethical Practice for Psychologists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists. London: Routledge.                                  


    Gannon, K., Glover, L. and Abel P.  (2007).  Psychological Effects of Infertility and Its Treatment in Males.  In: Male Reproductive Dysfunction: Pathophysiology and Treatment.  Edited by F. R. Kandeel.  London: Informa Healthcare.                                                             

    Gannon, K., Glover, L. and Abel P. (2003) Psychosocial aspects of prostate cancer.  In:  Prostate Cancer:  Scientific and Clinical Aspects.  Bridging the Gap.  Edited by P. Abel and El-Nasir Lalani.  London: Imperial College Press.                                                                        


    Gannon K.  (1996). Andrology:  men and reproduction.  In:  The Psychology of Reproduction 1:  Reproductive Potential and Fertility Control,  edited by A. Walker and K. Niven.  Oxford:  Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd.                                                             

    Harper, D.J., Gannon, K. and Robinson, M. (2013).  Beyond evidence-based practice: Rethinking the relationship between research, theory and practice.  In: Applied Psychology: Research, Training and Practice (2nd Edition).  Edited by R. Bayne and G. Jinks.  London: Sage.       

    Gannon, K. N., Glover, L., & Abel, P. (2003). Psychosocial aspects of prostate cancer. In P. Abel & El-Nasir Lalani (Eds.), Prostate cancer: Scientific and clinical aspects. Bridging the gap: London: Imperial College Press.

    Gannon, K. N. (1996). Andrology: Men and reproduction. In A. Walker & K. Niven (Eds.), The psychology of reproduction 1: Reproductive potential and fertility control: Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann L.

    Gannon, K. N., Glover, L., O’Neill, M., & Emberton, M. (2005). Lower urinary tract symptoms in men: Self-perceptions and the concept of bother. BJU International, 96, 823–827. doi:10.1111/j.1464-410X.2005.05720.x

    Gannon, K. N., Glover, L., & Abel, P. (2004). Masculinity, infertility, stigma and media reports. Social Science and Medicine, 59(6), 1169–1175. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2004.01.015

    Gannon, K. N., Glover, L., O’Neill, M., & Emberton, M. (2004). Men and chronic illness: A qualitative study of LUTS. Journal of Health Psychology, 9, 411–420. doi:10.1177/1359105304042350

    Glover, L., Gannon, K. N., McLoughlin, J., & Emberton, M. (2004). Men’s experiences of having LUTS: Factors relating to bother. BJU International, 94(4), 563–567. doi:10.1111/j.1464-410X.2004.05001.x

    Stafford, A., Laugharne, R., & Gannon, K. N. (2002). A follow-up study of the use of a patient-held record in mental health. Psychiatric Bulletin, 26(3), 91–92. doi:10.1192/pb.26.3.91

    Glover, L., Gannon, K. N., & Abel, P. (1999). 18 month follow-up of male subfertility clinic attenders: A comparison between men whose partner subsequently became pregnant and those with continuing subfertility. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 17, 83–87. doi:10.1080/02646839908404586

    Glover, L., Gannon, K. N., Platt, Z., & Abel, P. (1999). Male subfertility clinic attenders’ expectations of medical consultation. British Journal of Health Psychology, 4, 53–61. doi:10.1348/135910799168461

    Glover, L., Gannon, K. N., & Abel, P. (1998). Male subfertility: Is pregnancy the only issue? (Editorial) British Medical Journal, 316, 1405–1406. doi:10.1136/bmj.316.7142.1405


    Psychological aspects of prostate cancer

    Psychosocial aspects of men’s health
    Psychosocial aspects of visible difference
    Human reproduction


    CC4 Research

    Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

    MSc in Clinical and Community Psychology

    Member of The British Psychological Society
    Affiliate Member of the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society
    Member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine
    Member of The Psychological Society of Ireland
    Member of the Clinical Division of The Psychological Society of Ireland
    Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
    Member of the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology