Primary partners

Located within the School of Psychology at Deakin University, the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED) is our primary research partner. SEED provides stewardship of our clinical research program and ensures that all research conducted through the Centre is ethically sound.

The mission of SEED is to describe the major milestones in emotional life, advise on the most effective approaches to intervention, and engage mechanisms for translating this knowledge broadly. The Centre provides SEED with a vehicle for pursuing this mission.

Our primary practice partners, YoDAA (Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice) and Dovetail provide the Centre with a platform for collaboration with a diverse range of service providers and communities that can have a positive influence on the lives of young people affected by AOD issues. Both YoDAA and Dovetail support local youth AOD service providers in their respective States, Victoria and Queensland.

By 2016, the Centre will have a primary practice partner in each Australian State or Territory.


The Centre creates a space in which practitioners, researchers, educators and policy makers can collaborate to develop effective responses to young people’s AOD issues that are applicable in real world practice settings.

The Centre welcomes and actively pursues collaborations with service providers that engage young people affected by AOD issues, interested academics and research centres, government and providers of vocational and higher education.