Elizabeth Monck read Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. She has worked largely in the field of social psychology in children and youth; she has led research teams on depression in teenage girls, the evaluation of treatment programmes for childhood sexual abuse while a member of the Dept of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Child Health. From the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, she led an evaluation of the first three UK projects to use concurrent planning in the placement of very young children in care. Her most recent work has been to undertake a randomised controlled trial into two different ways of supporting adoptive parents, in collaboration with Professor Alan Rushton (Institute of Psychiatry). With research colleagues she has written several books and articles for peer-refereed journals. She has served as a governor (including as chairman) in inner London schools for more than 35 years – to date.