PROF Aron Shlonsky

PROF Aron Shlonsky


  • 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; Chair of the Research Higher Degree Program (Social Work); and Director of the Centre for Applied Research on Effective Services at University of Melbourne. He is also the Editor of the Campbell Collaboration (social science analogue of Health’s Cochrane Collaboration) Knowledge Translation and Implementation Coordinating Group. 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 research synthesis, child welfare practice and policy, data analytics and the use of evidence to inform practice and policy. Relevant to this grant, Professor Shlonsky and Colleagues have completed two evidence syntheses for the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and were subsequently directly contracted to complete two more (in progress); a Cochrane Collaboration systematic review of educational programs for preventing child sexual abuse; and a number of high quality rapid evidence assessments and scoping reviews for a range of Australian governments; and the Keep Them Safe evaluation, the major NSW 2010 child protection reform effort (2015 Australian Evaluation Society Award). 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), Co-Author with Robyn Mildon and    


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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