Study with us

Want to be part of a team that's researching positive development and resilience? At the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED) we're working hard to promote health and wellbeing in children and young people.

Choose to study with us and you'll have the opportunity to work on projects that have been running for over 30 years. All you need to do is click on the team you would like to study with and contact them directly. We wish you well with your studies with SEED!

A 30-year child development study

The Australian Temperament Project (ATP) is one of Australia’s longest-running longitudinal studies of child development. Beginning in 1982, it’s followed 2,000 people from four months of age through to adulthood and parenthood.

Partners for successful research outcomes

In December 2015, SEED partnered with Professor Terry Huang, the Public Health Professor at both City University of New York and the University of Nebraska Medical Centre. Together with Professor Helen Skouteris and Professor Craig Olsson, we hosted the first SEED systems’ workshop to develop a world-first, evidence-based and translatable curriculum from birth to 18 years.

Professor Huang is assisting us with a systems approach to embed social and emotional development into the curriculum in every stage of a child’s life – from birth through to kindergarten, primary and secondary school.

Our centre addresses three core questions: What matters in development? If there’s a departure from those healthy structures, how do we help bring the child back on track? And what’s translatable?



Featured researcher

Dr Briony Hill was awarded the Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship for her research topic 'Optimising preconception health: engaging and motivating women to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours in the formative reproductive years'.

PhDs on the go at SEED

Currently there are exciting opportunities for new honours, PhD and postdoctoral researchers to join our team.

Some of our current PhDs include:

The influence of parenting styles on adolescent behaviour problems

Matin Ghayour Minaie is studying a Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

Cannabis use from adolescence to adulthood: a population-based cohort study

Carolyn Mary Maclean Coffey is studying a Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

Fatherhood and psychological distress: paternal depression, anxiety and stress in the perinatal period

Adrian Schulz is studying a Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology

Contact us about our research

For further information on honours, PhD and postdoctoral opportunities, please contact the centre.

Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development

Project and Executive Officer
Katharine Woods
+61 3 9246 6901
Email Katharine Woods

Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood Victoria 3125