Dr. Fallon is currently the Principal Investigator of the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (OIS) 2013. She was the Director of the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2008 (CIS-2008) and managed two previous cycles of the study. She has also managed other national child welfare research projects. Findings from Dr. Fallon’s studies have contributed to the implementation of key policy initiatives in child welfare including differential response models and specialized intimate partner violence teams. Her research has also informed both front-line child welfare workers and policymakers in understanding the use of risk assessments in child protection investigations and opportunities for early intervention and prevention for children at risk of maltreatment.
Dr. Fallon’s research interests include international comparisons of child protection systems and the contribution of worker and organizational characteristics to child welfare decision-making. She currently holds a an associate professor position and is a Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.