Dr Gearóid Brennan (BA (Hons), BN, MN, PhD, RMN, AFHEA)

Clinical Fellow


Gearóid is a Clinical Fellow in Nursing Studies. He is a registered mental health nurse and splits his time between the university and the NHS.

He is a graduate of the National University of Ireland Maynooth, having read for a double honours degree in English and German. He subsequently completed his pre-registration Mental Health nursing degree at Edinburgh Napier University. He was awarded the university medal on graduating for outstanding achievement. He completed the Master of Nursing in Clinical Research at the University of Edinburgh, funded by the Scottish Government's Chief Nursing Officer’s Directorate. His master’s dissertation was awarded with distinction.

He returned to Nursing Studies in 2016 to begin a PhD, developing ideas from his MN dissertation. His project was a qualitative study that focused on the role of the mental health nurse in addressing the physical health needs of people with serious mental illness. He was awarded a Principal’s Career Development Scholarship which allows him to focus on academic teaching whilst completing doctoral studies. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Gearóid has post-registration clinical experience in child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) and general adult services. He works clinically as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Liaison Psychiatry within NHS Lothian's Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. His main research interest is in meeting the physical health needs of people with serious mental illness. He has a keen interest in qualitative methods, the social sciences, self-harm, solution-focused brief therapy and acute psychiatric care research as well as some of the ethical issues inherent in research.

He is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholar. 




Master of Nursing, University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health), Edinburgh Napier University

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), National University of Ireland Maynooth


Registered Nurse (Mental Health), Nursing & Midwifery Council UK

Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy UK

Responsibilities & affiliations

Member, Royal College of Nursing