Emeritus Professor Linda Rosenman

Emeritus Professor

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Professor Linda Rosenman has had a distinguished academic leadership, research and teaching career in Australia and the USA. She has a PhD in Economics and Social Work from Washington University St Louis with extensive experience in research, both in the United States and Australia.Her research focuses on the social and economic aspects of aging. Current research is on intergenerational family relationships revealed through wills and will contestation. Previous research has included projects on womens’ retirement planning, financial abuse and mismanagement of assets of older people living in the community and in care facilities and baby boomer financial planning . She has researched, published and presented widely on economic security, superannuation and ageing, financial abuse and aged care and on intergenerational commitments with a particular focus upon older women. She has successfully supervised many higher degree students at UQ, CDU and in the USA.

She is currently an Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland , an Honorary Professor at Victoria University and a Professorial Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University Northern Territory. Prior academic appointments include Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Provost at Victoria University Melbourne, Professor, Executive Dean, President of Academic Board and Head of School at The University of Queensland, and Professorial Research Leader at Charles Darwin University.

Research Interests

  • Economics of Aging
    economic planning for old age and retirement, superannuation;retirement incomes planning;
  • intergenerational relationships and money
    family caring and intergenerational relationships;wills and bequests;will contestation
  • financial elder abuse
    financial abuse and mismanagement of older peoples assets
  • care for older people

Research Impacts

Professor Rosenman has a long history of community engagement within and beyond the tertiary sector, and was awarded an Australian Centenary medal for her services to education and the community and the Paul Harris medal of Rotary International for her contribution to developing Peace Studies at UQ.. She has a long history of engagement with India including an Australian Government fellowship to undertake research on ageing in India.

She has served on and chaired many boards and commissions in the academic and community fields including the Council on the Aging, the TJ Ryan Foundation, the AAG and is the past President of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and of the Association for Social Work and Welfare Education, as well as many other Boards, Commissions and advisory councils in education and the human and community services sectors.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Washington University in St Louis
  • Masters (Coursework), University of Illinois
  • Postgraduate Diploma, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney


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  • (2005) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2005) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2002) Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Tilse, C., Wilson, J. and Rosenman, L. (2012). Responding to a suspected financial abuse in residential aged care. 45th National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Brisbane, Australia, 20-23 November 2012. Richmond, VIC., Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2012.00655.x

  • Tilse, C. F., Wilson, J. E., Setterlund, D. S. and Rosenman, L. S. (2007). The new caring: Financial asset management and older people. Third International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevity, Melbourne, 13-15 October, 2006. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1196/annals.1396.015

  • O'Connor, I., Healy, K. and Rosenman, L. S. (1999). Social work research in Australia. 1997 Asia and Pacific Regional Conference of APASWE and IFSWc, Bangkok, Thailand, 1997. Bangkok Thailand: Thammasat University, Bangkok.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision

  • (2005) Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • (2005) Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • (2002) Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor