Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development

The Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED) aims to promote emotional health from conception to young adulthood and into the next generation. SEED recognises the seminal role that experiences in early emotional life have on social development, that every age and stage matters in building wellbeing, and that confidence in holding positive and painful emotion is essential to felt security across the life course.

Our aim

We bring together life course, clinical and public health research and practice to describe the major milestones in emotional life, advise on the most effective approaches to intervening at the earliest opportunities in troubled pathways, and engage systems for translating this knowledge broadly.

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Intergenerational-Early Childhood Stream
Promoting emotional health from childhood to parenthood and into the next generation.

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Childhood to Adolescence Stream
Promoting emotional health from childhood to adolescence, across puberty.

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Adolescent to Young Adulthood Stream
Promoting emotional health from adolescence into young adulthood.

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What matters?
Lifecourse Sciences Theme
Understanding the developmental origins of mental health and disorder

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What works?
Intervention Sciences Theme
Designing interventions to promote emotional security and social connection

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What translates?
Translation Sciences Theme
Harnessing system-based approaches to disseminate effective interventions.

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Interpersonal Neuroscience
Understanding the developing social brain.

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Psychological Medicine
Exploring body, mind and emotion.

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Going Global
Promoting global citizenship in children and young people.


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Join our research team

To become a SEED research student you need to have a clear vision of what you want to investigate. This could be the origins of social and emotional health, emotional regulation in children, or understanding positive youth development. 

In just a few steps you could be finding new and better ways to deliver preventative intervention or promoting a secure start to emotional life for all children. 

Find out how to become a research student

Contact us

Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED)
Email SEED

Deakin University 
221 Burwood Highway 
Burwood VIC 3125