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Kate Bullen


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Research interests

Kate Bullen's research interests lie in the psychological and psychosexual impacts of treatment for men diagnosed with prostate, penile and testicular cancers. She is particularly interested in changes in hegemonic masculinity and couple relationships. To date her work has been with married heterosexual couples; she appreciates the considerable scope for research into the challenges of cancer treatment for men in same sex relationships. Other interests include the ethical aspects of leadership in higher education and how to develop critical ethical thinking with students.

Scholarly biography

Professor Kate Bullen is a Professor of Psychology and the Head of the School of Applied Social Science. She joined the university in June 2015 from Aberystwyth University where she was Professor of Psychology and the University Director of Ethics and Equality. Her day-to-day work concentrates on leadership and management of the School and in contributing to the leadership of the wider university. Kate chairs the University Research Ethics Committee and has responsibility for the development and support of Athena SWAN initiatives. She was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2017 and confirmed as President for 2018–2019.

She originally trained and worked as a therapeutic radiographer/clinical tutor in the NHS. Following an industrial accident she had to retrain. Building on previous counselling training, she was awarded a first class degree in Psychology from Swansea University in 1996. This was followed by a PhD in 2000 and an MEd from the Open University in 2005. Following a postdoctoral fellowship in Swansea, Kate worked as lecturer in Swansea from 2003-2007 before moving to Aberystwyth University to establish a department of Psychology. 

Between 2007 and 2015 she was sequentially head of department, institute director and university director of ethics and equality. She joined Brighton in June 2015 to undertake her current post. She has also worked for the Open University teaching Death, Dying and Bereavement. Her interest in ethics is longstanding having been a member of NHS ethics committees since 2000. To enhance her understanding and critical thinking about ethical matters, Kate undertook an online MA in Applied and Professional Ethics delivered by Leeds University. A chartered psychologist since 2001, she was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2017.

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Penile Neoplasms Medicine & Life Sciences
Masculinity Medicine & Life Sciences
Wit and Humor Medicine & Life Sciences
Sexuality Medicine & Life Sciences
cancer Social Sciences
Urologic Neoplasms Medicine & Life Sciences
research interest Social Sciences
Mortality Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2015

Mortality and sexuality after diagnosis of penile cancer: a participative study

Branney, P., Witty, K., Braybrook, D., Bullen, K., White, A. & Eardley, I. 14 Dec 2015 p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Penile Neoplasms
Urologic Neoplasms

Masculinities, humour and care for penile cancer: a qualitative study

Branney, P., Witty, K., Braybrook, D., Bullen, K., White, A. & Eardley, I. 1 Jan 2014 70, 9, p. 2051-2060 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Penile Neoplasms
Wit and Humor
Nursing Care

The impact of surgical treatment for penile cancer - patients' perspectives

Witty, K., Branney, P., Evans, J., Bullen, K., White, A. & Eardley, I. 26 Jul 2013 17, 5, p. 661-667 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Penile Neoplasms