Head of Department

Social Work Head of Department

Professor Aron Shlonsky

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Research Profile


Aron Shlonsky is Professor and Head of Department (Social Work) at Monash University School of Primary and Allied Health Care. He is an Associate Editor at Children and Youth Services Review and is an Associate Editor of the Campbell Collaboration Knowledge Translation and Implementation Coordinating Group. Professor Shlonsky graduated from UC Berkeley with a doctorate in social welfare (2002) and a master’s degree in public health (2000).

He was an Assistant Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work (2002-2005), Associate Professor and Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare at the University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work (2005-2013), and Professor of Evidence-Informed Practice at the University of Melbourne (2013-2018). Shlonsky is known internationally for his work in child and youth services, particularly in the generation, synthesis and implementation of evidence to inform practice and policy as well as longitudinal data analysis in the child and family services field. He has been primary chief investigator, Chief Investigator, or Co-Investigator on over 70 contracts and grants in Australia and internationally.

He is Co-Author with Rami Benbenishty of From Evidence to Outcomes: An international reader (Oxford University Press, 2014), one of the first books to integrate Common Elements / Core Components and Implementation Science with more standard approaches to evidence-based practice. Shlonsky has authored and co-authored numerous other books, peer-reviewed articles and government reports in the child protection and family services areas including decision-making and risk assessment in child welfare, youth justice and domestic violence services, the predictors and effects of sibling separation in foster care, issues surrounding kinship foster care, and the teaching and implementation of evidence-informed practice.