Translation Sciences

Our research across this theme supports the translation of effective preventive interventions into broader systems of community and education.


John Toumbourou
Bosco Rowland
Heidi Renner (Admin)

Our aim

To lead new conceptual frameworks that describe key processes for embedding efficacious interventions into government, community and education systems to ensure that SEED outputs are translated in ways that maximise sustainability and reach.

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.

Translation into Clinical Programs


This project translates SEED developmental science into supporting children and young people living with a Neurodevelopmental Disorder, such as Autism. This program focuses on inclusive engagement of children with disabilities in sport by creating an evidenced-based resource (website/mobile app) for football coaches, parents and children to use to enhance the opportunity for children with disabilities to participate in the Australian Football League’s (AFL) Auskick program.

Translation to education

Tertiary Education

This project focuses on translating SEED developmental science into undergraduate and postgraduate training offered through the Deakin School of Psychology. The purpose is to incorporate developmental science into all aspects of curriculum and professional training offered through the school to equip a future social welfare and mental health workforce with the knowledge and skills needed to promote emotional health and prevent mental disorder across each of the major developmental stages of the life course.

Early Childhood Education

This project focuses on translating SEED developmental science through the co-creation of a new Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum that supports early childhood educators to enhance social and emotional learning in preschoolers. The SEL curriculum is being developed using an intervention mapping approach.