Our aim

Our research

Lifecourse Sciences

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

Intervention Sciences

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


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What embeds?
Understanding the developing social brain


Preventing mental disorder and promoting wellbeing in the general population

Loss and recovery

Preventing mental disorder and promoting wellbeing in high risk populations

Mental health care

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Preventing mental disorder & promoting wellbeing in clinical populations

Data Sciences

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Bringing science and art together to make data accessible

Systematic review hub

Synthesising the global evidence on effective mental health promotion interventions


Monitoring and preventing drug use and violence in 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 Paula De’Ath

Deakin University 
221 Burwood Highway 
Burwood VIC 3125

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