Research Data

"Quest provides an effective and positive behavioral program with emphasis on the types of sports and social skills that are often essential for children with ADHD. Families are pleased with the results. This is the type of program that is made to order for ADHD children." — Steve Hinshaw Ph.D.
Chair, Dept. of Psychology
University of California, Berkeley

Quest Works: The results of a recent psychological study have provided quantitative evidence that the Quest system significantly reduces the “global impairment” of the treated children’s psychological disabilities.

Completed in September 2009, a major program-evaluation study assessed the therapeutic benefits of Quest’s summer program. Using the Connors-3 Assessment method and the Harkers Self-Concept Scale, over 155 campers were evaluated for the study on their second and last days at Quest.


Quest Camps Research Data


In August 2010, Lisa Greenberg, Ph.D. and Dr. Field presented the Quest research findings at the American Psychological Association’s national convention. Results reflected a “Strong Treatment Effect” in reducing the camper’s overall level of impairment. These results are rarely observed in any psychotherapeutic treatment. Follow up research will evaluate the effectiveness of the program’s impact after 6 months.

During the summer of 2010, another study was begun that asked the parents of Quest campers to evaluate their child’s improvement. These assessments are currently being tabulated currently to see if the 2009 study can be further validated. Similar studies that will provide quantitative evidence as to the effectiveness the Quest system will continue in the future.

Findings show: Quest Summer Camp leads to better functioning in other settings and in relationships outside of camp with large changes in behavioral/emotional/social functioning. Significant reduction in problem behaviors across all Conners-3 scales and across informants. Parents report large reductions in overall impairment.

Other studies have confirmed these results with statistical analysis reflecting highly significant differences between baseline and treatment results.

Research Data


At least five studies have been completed evaluating Quest’s treatment benefit. In each, treatment effects were twice that considered significant. Studies have included those on Quest Therapeutic Camp of Southern California and SF Bay area. Lisa Greenberg, Ph.D. completed the first study in 2009 of the SF Bay Area summer camp utilizing several measures including the Connor CBRS and other measures and found a "strong treatment effect at reducing global impairments" for our summer campers. The study also found that improvement continued while children attended the Afterschool program compared to those who didn't attend. Those returning to school, after 6 months, lost 70% of their improvement due to anxiety and depression, coping with school stress. Dr. Greenberg presented her study at the 2010 American Psychological Association national conference.

The results presented indicated that a positive increase in reciprocal conversation was observed among campers in both the younger and middle camp groups. These results lend support to the effectiveness of the interventions and programming offered by Quest Therapeutic Camps of Southern California on the improvement of social skills, as represented by the observation of reciprocal conversation behavior with peers. These results are also consistent with a previous study of the Quest program that found positive changes in campers’ social responsiveness, based on parents completing measures prior to the intervention and post-intervention. In this study of 47 campers, Quest campers were rated by parents to improve on the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS-2) in social awareness (ability to observe social cues), social cognition (ability to interpret social cues), and social communication (ability to communicate socially), while also improving in overall social responsiveness. In 2018, statistical differences between counselors’ initial baseline ratings and those after 2,4, and/or 6 week ratings reflected strong treatment effects in social reasoning, social interactions, emotional regulation and peer relationships.

In 2018, Quest counselors provided ratings of our campers' emotional and social skills from the baseline on their second day at camp to those at 2 and 4 weeks. Statistical analysis again indicated a strong treatment effect in all areas.