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Associate Professor Joanne Earl joined Macquarie University in January 2018. Prior to joining Macquarie she worked at Flinders University (South Australia) and at UNSW for 9 years in the School of Psychology. She is a Registered Psychologist, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

She is passionate about making retirement a positive experience for all Australians. Her program of research focuses on promoting retirement planning for workers at both the individual and organizational level along with identifying predictors of retirement adjustment for retirees. She regularly appears in the press and on radio talking about her research.

You will find her LinkedIn profile and hear her speaking about the application of psychological research findings to retirement planning on YouTube.

Research interests

Time Perspective; How a focus on the past present and future influences planning and relationships

Retirement planning and adjustment; Focusing on a wholisitic approach to planning for retirement that influences wealth, health, social, cogitive, emotional and motivational resources.

Career development; Identifying opportunities to maximise potential across the lifespan

Financial literacy and cognitive decline; To alleviate unnecessary concerns about decline and maximise participation in decison making and maintaining independence 



As Program Director I lead the Masters in Professional Psychology team at MQ.  The Masters in Psychology is a 5th year program aimed at training generalist Psychologists in a diverse range of areas including schools, health, forensic and organizational settings.

Research student supervision

I supervise projects from Honours to PhD. Students projects are community based and in areas related to retirement, time perspective and aging. Please contact me if you are interested in supervision or have a project in mind.

Community engagement

I consult to Portfolio Construction forum, Challenger, ASIC and National Seniors Australia.  I hold the position of National Chair for the Society of Organisational Behaviour in Australia and am an Associate Researcher attached to the Centre for Excellence in Population Aging Research.

Research engagement

In addition to holding an ARC Discovery with Hazel Bateman at UNSW, I also have current research projects with National Seniors Australia, the Avant Foundation and Family and Community Serives and CocaCola Amatil. 

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, The University of New South Wales

Psychology, M.Psych (Applied)

Psychology, B.Arts (Hons)

Education + Psychology, BEd (Psychology)

External positions

Chair, Society of Organisational Behaviour in Australia

Associate Investigator, Centre of Excellence in Population Aging Research

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Research Outputs

Occupational determinants of successful aging in older physicians

Wijeratne, C., Peisah, C., Earl, J. & Luscombe, G., 1 Feb 2018, In : American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 26, 2, p. 200-208 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Aging women and men in the medical profession: the effect of gender and marital status on successful aging and retirement intent in Australian doctors

    Peisah, C., Luscombe, G. M., Earl, J. K. & Wijeratne, C., 2019, In : Journal of Women and Aging. 31, 2, p. 95-107 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Professional and psychosocial factors affecting the intention to retire of Australian medical practitioners

    Wijeratne, C., Earl, J. K., Peisah, C., Luscombe, G. M. & Tibbertsma, J., 20 Mar 2017, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 206, 5, p. 209-214 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 9 Citations (Scopus)

    Editorial: psychological mechanisms that affect economic decisions to work longer

    Topa, G., Earl, J. K. & James, J. B., 22 Jan 2020, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, p. 1-3 3 p., 3003.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access
    3 Downloads (Pure)

    Older workers: past, present and future

    Caines, V. D., Crane, M. F., Noone, J., Griffin, B., Datta, S. & Earl, J. K., 22 May 2020, In : Australian Journal of Management. 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Impacts

    NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Aging

    Joanne Earl (Participant)

    Impact: Public policy impacts