Rosalind Ladd received her PhD in Philosophy from Brown University, USA, and has taught across the United States at Smith College, Wheaton College (Massachusetts), and in the Bioethics Program at Brown University. She has held appointments as Lecturer in Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown and on the Affiliate Staff and Ethics Committees at several local hospitals. She has also served as president of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers and chair of the Teaching Committee of the American Philosophical Association.
Her recent research interests have centered on ethical issues in pediatrics, especially on decision-making and on the rights of children. She has written on Charlotte's Web and the dying child, deciding for neonates, rights of the autistic child, and some issues in feminist ethics.
Her publications include Children's Rights Re-Visioned: Philosophical Readings (1966); Ethical Dilemmas in Pediatrics: A Case Study Approach (with E.N. Forman, M.D., 1991); Ethical Isssues in Home Health Care (with S. Smith and L. Pasquerella, 2008); and 'Philosophical Perspectives on Children's Rights' in Handbook of Children's Rights (M. Ruck et al, eds., 2017).