Professor Rosemary Sheehan
Higher Degrees by Research Co-ordinator
Telephone: +61 3 9903 1134
Facsimile: +61 3 9903 1141
Professor Rosemary Sheehan (B.Soc.Stud:Syd; MSW:LaT; PhD:Monash), teaches health and mental health in the undergraduate and postgraduate social work programs and co-ordinates the Higher Degrees by Research program. Her published research covers a range of areas: child welfare and the law, family violence, mental health, judicial and corrections responses to offenders, with particular reference to women offenders, and social work curricula. Her publications include: Magistrates' Decision-Making in Child Protection Cases (2001), the first study of its kind to examine the work of judges in the Children's Court and the factors that influence judicial decision-making in child maltreatment cases. Working with Women Offenders (2007, Willan, UK) with A/Prof Chris Trotter and Prof Gill McIvor (Stirling, Scotland) examines what are effective practices in responding to women offenders. Parents as prisoners: maintaining the parent-child relationship (CRC funded study, 2007) investigates the child welfare jurisdiction and those children within whose parents are incarcerated. Rosemary Sheehan also conducts alternative dispute resolution conferences at the Children's Court, Victoria. Her current research projects include: the development of a national profile of Australia's Children's Courts (ARC funded) and an exploratory study of immigration and mental health.