PAC’s CEO Peter Sandiford is pleased to hear of the appointment of Professor Gordon Harold to the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Chair in Psychology at the University of Sussex.

The Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice will look at the major challenges facing children and families in transition as well as specific challenges faced by adopted children and their families.

“PAC looks forward to the centre’s contribution to research and the further development of evidence-based practice in the areas of adoption and other forms of permanency” said Peter.

The Rudd Centre’s specific areas of interest will include:

  • How separation, institutionalisation, maltreatment and other trauma influence child development and family life in adoption and other contexts of family transition
  • How new research insights in fields ranging from neuroscience to genetics to social policy can be used to inform practice International adoption and cross-cultural placement
  • The role of prenatal and postnatal factors in influencing child development and family life in adoption and other family contexts
  • Factors that promote the welfare and wellbeing of children, parents and carers across contexts of adoption and families in transition

Professor Harold is currently Professor of Developmental Psychopathology and Quantitative Behaviour Genetics at the University of Leicester, a position he has held since 2011.