29 September 2010
David Quinton is Emeritus Professor of Psychosocial development at the School for Policy Studies. His research over the years has been concerned with the long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences, especially those involving poor parenting. He has been involved in some of the key studies in this area, including research concerned with the adult outcomes of those who spent much of their childhoods in children's homes or those whose parents had psychiatric problems. His current work focuses on adoption and foster care because these attempts to change environments for the better need careful evaluation as well as being very informative about social development. He founded the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies and remains active in its work. He co-ordinated the Department of Health's research initiative on supporting parents; is a founder member of the International Association for Outcome-Based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children’s services and a vice chair of the European Scientific Association for residential and foster care (EUSARF).