Intervention Sciences

Our research within this theme supports clinical and community randomised, controlled trials. The trials are aimed at identifying and preventing problems early in development.

Leaders

John Toumbourou
Bosco Rowland
Heidi Renner (Admin)

Our aims

  1. Develop and maintain ‘menu of services’ that lists clinical and public health interventions that have been repeatedly shown in randomised controlled trials to be efficacious in prevention of mental disorders and promotion of emotional health across from infancy to young adulthood.

  2. Conduct high-quality, randomised controlled trials of interventions targeting risk and protective factors identified as seminal by our research in Lifecourse Sciences.

Research focus areas

Communities That Care (CTC)

A large NHMRC funded, community randomised trial of ‘Communities That Care’ based in a community participatory research framework. Communities are provided a profile of risk and protective factors, and health problems in young people that is used for planning prevention strategies. Gaps in service provision are identified and filled by introducing new interventions as necessary.

Child adaptation of Communities That Care (Child-CTC)

A new and exciting direction for the established CTC program. This work is currently being led by the Social Development Research Group (Professor Rico Catalano) at the University of Washington. It will further solidify cross-Pacific exchanges, particularly for early and mid-career researchers.

Visit the CTC website

Community Research Consultation Program

This program builds on the community-focused orientation of intervention sciences. It represents a highly innovative approach to industry engagement through research.

Five Deakin-based, post-doctoral fellowships were conducted in 2015 using funds that were raised. Funding also supported international collaborations in Mumbai, India and East Timor.

Learn more about SEED Global

Dreams for a Better World

An adolescent character-development project based on cross-age mentoring around a community development project. Curriculum design and pilot implementation are being done in collaboration with the Institute for Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School, Victoria, Australia.