Professor Rosemary Sheehan

Director, Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Program

BSocStud (Syd), MSW (LaT), PhD (Mon).

Email: rosemary.sheehan@monash.edu

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1134

Rosemary Sheehan Research: Monash University Research

Profile

Professor Rosemary Sheehan, teaches mental health in the postgraduate social work programme and is Director of the Higher Degrees by Research programme.  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 most recent books are: Sheehan, R. and Trotter C. (2018) Women’s Transitions from Prison: The Post-Release Experience. London: Taylor and Francis.; Sheehan, R. (ed.) (2018) ‘Mental Illness in Children’, Special edition, Brain Sciences. Basel: MDPI AG; Sheehan, R. and Ogloff, J. (2015) Working within the Forensic Paradigm: Cross-discipline approaches for policy and practice, London: Routledge; Sheehan, R. and Borowski, A. (2013) Australia’s Children’s Courts Today and Tomorrow, New York: Springer; Sheehan, R., Rhoades, H and Stanley, N. (2012) Children and the Law: International Approaches to Children and their Vulnerabilities, London, UK: Jessica Kingsley.

Her studies of Australia’s Children’s Courts are the first studies of their kind to examine the work of judges in the Children's Court and the factors that influence judicial decision-making in child maltreatment cases.  Professor Sheehan has 17 years’ experience conducting alternative dispute resolution conferences at the Children's Court, Victoria.  She has held memberships of Victoria’s Child Death review Committee and Victoria’s Women’s Corrections Consultative Committee.

Her current research projects include: child protection and legal responses to cumulative harm in children (DHHS, Victoria) and the cross-over between youth offending and child protection in children and young people before the Children's Court, Victoria (AIC funded).

Teaching

Teaching into Social Work in Mental Health and the HDR programme

Supervision

Supervising 9 HDR students in 2019.

Grants

2018-20. Trotter, C, Sheehan, R and Ogloff, J. ARC Linkage LP170100009. Towards an effective practice model for youth detention in NSW: $308, 420.

2016-18 Sheehan, R. and Trotter, C. ‘Cross-over Kids’: effective responses to children and young people in the youth justice and statutory child protection systems, Australian Criminology Research Council. $143,256.38.

2017-18 Trotter, C., Flynn, C., Sheehan, R., Evans, P. & Pereira, C. SHINE for Kids. Evaluating Parent – Child access programmes in prison. Department of Justice and Regulation (VIC): AUD 35,178.00.

2016 Sheehan, R and Trotter C. Cumulative harm in child protection: Pilot study,  DHHS, Victoria. $25,000.

2016 Trotter, C and Sheehan, Researching the impact of Eternity Aid Indigenous program in Bourke NSW. Eternity Aid: AUD20,000.00.

2017-18. Trotter, C. and Sheehan, R.  Evaluation of an effective practice model for   youth detention in NSW. NSW Department of Justice. $18,813.00.

2012-2014 Sheehan R and Ogloff, J. Management of sexual abuse cases in the Family Division of the Children’s Court Victoria, Legal Services Board, Victoria: $62, 478.

Select Publications

Articles in Scholarly Refereed Journals

Sheehan, R (2018) Cumulative harm in the child protection system: The Australian context. Child and Family Social Work.

Sheehan, R. (2017) “Mental Illness in Children: Childhood Illness and Supporting the Family, Brain Sciences 7(8), 97. Editorial. doi:10.3390/brainsci7080097 (IF: 2.861).

Donley, E. and Sheehan, R. (2016) “Impact of National Emergency Access Targets (NEAT) on psychiatric risk assessment in hospital Emergency Departments”.  International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. Accepted for publication Oct 19, 2015 (IF:6.5)

Sheehan, R. (2016) “Legal responses to child sexual abuse cases in the Children’s Court of Victoria: study findings on a case-management approach”, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 38, 3: 287-301.

Sheehan, R. (2016) “Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Implementing a Specialist Judicial List”.  Australian Social Work, 69, 4:403-416.

Sheehan, R. (2016) “Forensic Social Work: implementing specialist social work education”. Journal of Social Work. See: http://jsw.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/02/26/1468017316635491.full.pdf?ijkey=A1IfItoXSlxSVcm&keytype=finite

Sheehan, R. (2016) “Responding to child deaths: a review of cases referred to the Child Death Review Committee”. The European Journal of Social Work, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 236-246.

Sheehan, R. and Borowski, A. (2014) “Australia’s Children’s Courts: an assessment of the status of and challenges facing the child welfare jurisdiction in Victoria”. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 36 (2) 95-110.

Sheehan, R. (2014) “Women exiting prison: supporting successful reintegration in a changing penal climate”, British Journal of Community Justice, Vol. 12(2): 57-66

Books/Book Chapters

Books 
Sheehan, R. and Baidawi, S. (In press). Cross-over kids’: children and young people in the youth justice and child protection systems. Routledge, UK

Sheehan, R. and Trotter C. (2018) Women’s Transitions from Prison: The Post-Release Experience. London: Taylor and Francis.

Sheehan, R. (ed.) (2018) ‘Mental Illness in Children’, Special edition, Brain Sciences. Basel: MDPI AG.  See: www.mdpi.com/journal/brainsci/special_issues/mental_illness_children. ISBN 978-3-03842-881-7.

Sheehan, R. and Ogloff, J. (2015) Working within the Forensic Paradigm: Cross-discipline approaches for policy and practice, London: Routledge.

Sheehan, R. and Borowski, A. (2013) Australia’s Children’s Courts Today and Tomorrow, New York: Springer.

Sheehan, R., Rhoades, H and Stanley, N. (2012) Children and the Law: International Approaches to Children and their Vulnerabilities, London, UK: Jessica Kingsley.

Book chapters
Sheehan, R. (2018) “Children, childhood illness and supporting the family: a health perspective”. In M. Petrakis (ed.) Social Work Practice in Health: an introduction to contexts, theories and skills. NSW: Allen and Unwin, pp. 37-49.

Sheehan, R. (2018) “Child abuse and neglect and the judicial system: the limits of legal enterprise”, in Y. Robinson, W. Petherick and I Bryce (eds.) Child Abuse and Neglect: Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact and Management.  San Diego, Calif: Elsevier.

Sheehan, R. and Petrakis. M. (2018) ‘Social Work Practice in Mental Health Settings’. In M. Alston, S. McCurdy and J. McKinnon (eds.) (2018) Social Work: Fields of Practice (3rd ed.) Oxford University Press.

Sheehan, R. (2018) “Policy developments in Victoria: the Better Pathways strategy”. In R. Sheehan and C. Trotter, Women’s Transitions from Prison: The post release experience, Oxon, England: Routledge, pp. 21-35.

Sheehan, R. (2018) “The transition from prison to community”. In R. Sheehan and C. Trotter, Women’s Transitions from Prison: The post release experience, Oxon, England: Routledge, pp. 36-48.

Sheehan, R. (2018) “Adapting to community life”. In R. Sheehan and C. Trotter, Women’s Transitions from Prison: The post release experience, Oxon, England: Routledge, pp. 49-64.

Sheehan, R. (2018) “The transition from prison to community”. In R. Sheehan and C. Trotter, Women’s Transitions from Prison: The post release experience, Oxon, England: Routledge, pp. 36-48.

Sheehan, R. (2018) “Services and programmes: sustaining the transition to community”. In R. Sheehan and C. Trotter, Women’s Transitions from Prison: The post release experience, Oxon, England: Routledge, pp. 65-79.

Sheehan, R. (2018) “Culture and ethnicity: life after prison for Indigenous and culturally diverse women”. In R. Sheehan and C. Trotter, Women’s Transitions from Prison: The post release experience, Oxon, England: Routledge, pp. 80-102.

Sheehan, R. (2015) ‘Practising in the forensic context: a cross-disciplinary perspective through the social work lens’, in R. Sheehan and J. Ogloff (eds.) Working within the Forensic paradigm, London: Routledge, pp. 9-24.

Borowski, A. and Sheehan, R. (2013) “The Children’s Court of Victoria” in A. Borowski and R. Sheehan (eds.) (2012) Australia’s Children’s Courts Today and Tomorrow, New York: Springer.