The Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED) conducts world-leading research on social development and its origins in early emotional life. The objective of SEED is to promote a secure start to social and emotional life across the life course, from pregnancy through to adulthood and into the next generation.
Organised into three Research Streams:
First 2000 days: Intergenerational-Early Childhood (0-5 years)
First 5000 days: Childhood to Adolescence Stream (0-13 years)
First 10,000 days: Adolescence to Young Adulthood Stream (0-27 years)
Guided by three Research Questions:
What Matters in shaping emotional and social developmental across the early life course?
What Works to promote emotional security and social connection in children and young people?
What Translates into sustainable prevention, treatment and health promotion programs?
Supported by three Research Enablers
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
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.
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 is home to:
Major Flagship Projects, including three of Australia’s oldest running lifecourse studies “What Matters?”
The Australian Temperament Project is a unique three-generation study that has followed around 2000 young Australians (and their parents) from birth to adulthood across 30 years (15 waves) and is now following cohort offspring.
The International Youth Development Project is a long-term study of 6000 young people that compares the development of healthy and problem behaviours in the state of Victoria, Australia, and the state of Washington, United States.
The Australian Unity Wellbeing and Surveillance Studies, providing annual snapshots of the wellbeing of Australian for over two decades, and tracking a cohort of 2,000 Australian over the same period
Leading Community and Clinical Intervention Programs “What Works?”
Communities That Care encourages implementation of preventive and positive youth development interventions at the population level
The Deakin Child Study Centre is a clinical program with a focus on understanding developmental outcomes, particularly in children with neurodevelopment disorders
Translational Research Centres and Programs “What translates?”
Healthy Eating and Lifestyles (HEAL) Program, with a focus on supporting the health and development of out-of-home-care children and young people.