Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development

The Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED) conducts world-leading research on social development and its origins in early emotional life. The overall objective of SEED is to promote emotional health, from pregnancy through to adulthood and into the next generation. SEED hosts specialist research centres and programs in Wellbeing, Attachment, Addiction and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Our aim

We bring together life course, clinical and public health research and practice to describe the major milestones in emotional life, advise on the most effective approaches to intervening at the earliest opportunities in troubled pathways, and engage systems for translating this knowledge broadly.

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

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

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What embeds?
Neurosciences
Understanding the developing social brain



Wellbeing
Preventing mental disorder and promoting wellbeing in the general population

Loss and recovery
Preventing mental disorder and promoting wellbeing in high risk populations

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Mental health care
Preventing mental disorder & promoting wellbeing in clinical populations

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Data-to-Decisions
Data Sciences
Bringing science and art together to make data accessible

Science-to-Citizens
Systematic review hub
Synthesising the global evidence on effective mental health promotion interventions

CEDAAR Specialist Research Centre
Monitoring and preventing drug use and violence in young people

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