University of Toronto
Barbara Fallon, PhD, is a Full Professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, and holds a Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare. In 2020, she was awarded the University of Toronto’s President’s Impact Award for her work that improved the child welfare policy and practice. Her research focuses on the collection and sharing of reliable, valid national, and provincial data to provide an evidence-based understanding of the trajectories of children and families in the child welfare system. She is currently the Scientific Director of The First Nations/Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (OIS) 2018. These studies provide a comprehensive description of the needs of children and families identified to the child welfare system allowing for evidence-based improvements to policy and practice. Other research interests include comparisons of child protection systems and the contribution of worker and organizational characteristics to child-welfare decision making.