Dr David Howe is Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. David was born and brought up in Manchester, England. In 1968 he graduated with a BSc in Geology and Chemistry from the University of Durham, England. A short spell of teaching sciences in London was followed by a career change into social work, specialising in child and family social work which included dealing with cases of child abuse and neglect, adoption and foster care. An interest in research and teaching allowed David to move into an academic social work post at the University of East Anglia. His research and writing have been in social work theory, emotional development, empathy, developmental attachment theory, and child abuse and neglect. He is the author of many papers as well as 20 books, his most recent being Child Abuse and Neglect: attachment, development and intervention (2005), The Emotionally Intelligent Social Worker (2008), A Brief Introduction to Social Work Theory (2009), Attachment Across the Lifecourse: A brief introduction (2011), Empathy: what it is and why it matters (2012), and The Compleat Social Worker (2014). David takes time to indulge his love of walking in the hills, along coasts and on beaches, sometimes on his own, sometimes with friends, and sometimes with children and grandchildren."