Translation Sciences

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

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.

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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.

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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.

Giving Global - Promoting global citizenship in children and young people

Timor East

Deakin - Ministry of Education Timor Leste Pre School project
The Pre School project is being undertaken by two Timor Ministry of Education Fellows as an integral part of their Masters by Research program at Deakin University. This is a research trial to evaluate local partnership workshop interventions for three districts in Timor Leste with low kindergarten enrolment rates. The workshop interventions will focus on developing a local preschool strategic plan, providing mentor support to preschool staff, providing additional kindergarten equipment and Tetum reading resources for preschool children to increase home reading.

Deakin - Many Hands International (MHI) (Tobacco Alliance) project
Many Hands International (MHI) a non-government organization based in the Los Palos district of Timor is working in collaboration with Deakin University on preventing tobacco use in the Timor-Leste using a cultural approach. The Ministry of Health Timor Leste has requested assistance from MHI and Health Promotion Officer Mr Thomas Lopes to be a key player in the launch of their first QUIT campaigns as well as take a lead role on Tobacco Free Zone and Retailer Registration & Compliance projects.

Deakin - Communities That Care (CTC) Timor pilot
Communities That Care provides a framework and evidence based approaches for communities to organize and change identified risk factors in their community. The program has been shown to reduce violence, crime, alcohol and drug problems as well as reducing pathways to chronic disease and injury. It also focuses on increasing numbers of students completing school and reducing pathways to poverty. In 2016 Deakin Timor Partnership Fellows (Mr Afonso Soares, Mr Simao Do Rosario and Mr Thomas Lopes) under Professor John Toumbourou’s supervision developed CTC concepts for a pilot site in Dili. CTC has developed a Parent Education Program of instruction and workshops with a focus on positive parenting, smoking prevention and parental reading.

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