SEED’s clinical mental health care stream works to understand and measure the impact mental disorders have on people’s lives. We look for evidence-based ways to support people with mental health problems.

Mental health problems are on the rise

Mental health problems are becoming increasingly common around the world. We need psychology research to help mental health services to cope with this rising tide.

One way to support people with mental or neurodevelopmental disorders is to develop more effective treatments and support programs.

Another way is to reduce the risk of mental health problems by strengthening the protective foundations of mental health: sleep, exercise, nutrition, secure relationships and the skills needed for self-regulation.

How our research supports people with mental health problems

SEED’s clinical mental health stream develops evidence-based approaches to supporting people with mental health difficulties. Such support includes both treating acute mental disorders and supporting people with chronic continuing mental health problems.

We conduct research to understand how best to measure mental health symptoms. We also study how mental health difficulties affect people’s lives across the lifecourse.

Our research supports people in the general population. We also examine the mental health impacts of neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Lived experience matters to us. We develop advisory groups to help include lived experience views in mental health research.

Our purpose


To develop and evaluate the best ways of helping people experiencing mental health difficulties, and their families, using co-design principles.


To investigate outcomes for people with mental health difficulties across the lifespan.


To investigate how to implement interventions into real-world settings.


To examine best practice measurement of mental health symptoms.


To embed best practice methods for including lived experience views into mental health research.

Our leaders

Glenn Melvin
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Jade Sheen
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