Professor of Evidence-Informed Practice, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne

Aron Shlonsky is Professor of Evidence Informed Practice at University of Melbourne School of Health Sciences, Department of Social Work; Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Effective Services; and Editor of the Campbell 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 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 been investigator and Co-Investigator on a large number of impact evaluations of systems that provide services to children and families, and 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.


  • 2013–present
    Professor, University of Melbourne, School of Health Sciendes
  • 2005–2013
    Associate professor, University of Toronto


  • 2002 
    University of California, Berkeley, PhD
  • 2000 
    University of California, Berkeley, MPH
  • 1995 
    University of California, Los Angeles, MSW
  • 1992 
    University of California, Los Angeles, BA