Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development

The Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED) aims to promote a secure start to emotional life in all children and young people. We achieve this through original research on the developmental origins of mental health and disorder.

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Our aim

We advise on the most effective approaches to promoting wellness and intervening at the earliest opportunities in troubled pathways.

We bring together life-course, clinical and public health research and practice to describe the major milestones in emotional life. We then engage systems for translating our research knowledge broadly to the community, organisations and government.

Our research streams

Intergenerational-Early Childhood

This research stream focuses on emotional and social development, from conception through the first 1000 days of life.  Learn more about this research stream

Childhood-to-Adolescence

This research stream focuses on emotional and social development during the first 5000 days of infanthood and childhood. Learn more about this research stream

Adolescence-to-Young Adulthood

This stream focuses on emotional and social development during the first 10,000 days of life.  Learn more about this research stream

How we guide our research

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

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Intervention Sciences Theme
What works? Designing interventions to promote a secure start to social and emotional life.

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Translation Sciences Theme
What up-scales? Harnessing systematic-based approaches to disseminate effective interventions.

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Interpersonal Neuroscience Theme
Building the social brain. Understanding the processes involved in social perception, communication and emotional regulation.

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How we perform our research

Research at SEED is supported by five enablers:

SEED EpioBiostats

The EpiBiostats Unit provides input into all key phases of research projects from conceptualisation through to dissemination.

We support our students and staff in the areas of cohort studies, clinical trials and systematic and meta-analytic reviews via contemporary and extensive online resources.

We also offer enrichment services through regular workshops scheduled throughout the year and offer consultation with specialists

SEED Online

We use electronic multimedia, the internet and information and communication technologies for best practice psychological research and service delivery.

We utilise ICT to improve intervention efficacy via increased engagement, tailored interventions and increased patient self-management regardless of geographic, social or economic factors.

Research excellence

Consistent with Deakin's commitment to research excellence, SEED's core mantra is dedicated to conducting high-quality research. We achieve this by:

  • asking important questions
  • having a clear governance structure
  • drawing on cutting-edge methodologies
  • collaborating authentically with international experts, industry and consumers.

We also report our work to a wide range of audiences via a number of mediums including media, training, conferences, consumer groups, high-impact publications and practice journals.

SEED Global

To maintain a leadership research role in research around social and emotional development in the first decades of life, we're informed about current research through our collaborations and work with national and global partners.

By building on existing partnerships and establishing new links relevant to our mission, we work collaboratively to address the crucial questions.

In line with Deakin's vision, we aim to be recognised for our research capability and contribute to resolving key global issues of social importance.

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)
Phone: +61 3 9244 5248
Fax: +61 3 9244 6858
Email SEED

Deakin University 
221 Burwood Highway 
Burwood VIC 3125