• Child Maltreatment, Research Methods, Evidence-Informed Practice, Implementation Science



  • Aron Shlonsky is Professor of Evidence Informed Practice at University of Melbourne School of Health Sciences, Department of Social Work, Director of the Victoria Child Welfare Decision-Making Project, and Scientific Director of the Ontario Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (OCANDS). After graduating from UC Berkeley with a doctorate in social welfare and a master’s degree in public health, Shlonsky was an Assistant Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work and was then Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare at the University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work. Prior to his academic career, he spent a number of years as a child protective services worker and substance abuse counselor in Los Angeles. Shlonsky is known internationally for his work in risk assessment for child maltreatment and domestic violence, child welfare practice and policy, data analytics and the use of evidence to inform practice and policy, and his long-term involvement with the Campbell Collaboration (an international group that promotes and produces systematic reviews in the areas of social welfare, education, crime and justice, and international development). He has delivered numerous keynotes, lectures and consults across the world including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Israel, NZ, Norway, Sweden, UK, and the US. He is Co-Author with Rami Benbenishty of From Evidence to Outcomes: An international reader (Oxford University Press, 2014) and he has authored and co-authored numerous other books and peer-reviewed articles highlighting the use of actuarial tools in child welfare settings, the predictors and effects of sibling separation in foster care, issues surrounding kinship foster care, and the teaching and implementation of evidence-informed practice.   


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Education and training

  • PHD, University of California - Berkeley 2002
  • MPH, University of California - Berkeley 2000
  • MSW, California State University - Los Angeles 1995
  • BA, University of California - Los Angeles 1992