Aron Shlonsky


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Aron Shlonsky is Professor and Head of Department (Social Work) at Monash University School of Primary and Allied Health Care. 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 decision-making in practice and policy 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 Bianca Albers and Robyn Mildon of Implementation Science 3.0 (Springer, 2020) and with Rami Benbenishty of From Evidence to Outcomes: An international reader (Oxford University Press, 2014) – both of which are among the first books to bring together Common Elements / Core Components and Implementation Science with more standard approaches to evidence-informed practice. He is also Co-Editor with Emily Keddell of the forthcoming Handbook of Decision Making, Assessment and Risk in Social Work: Section 1: Individual Professional Judgement (Sage). 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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Social Welfare, PhD, University of California Berkeley

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Research area keywords

  • family and domestic violence
  • Implementation science
  • Systematic Review
  • Program evaluation
  • child trauma


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