SEED’s systematic review hub supports research into mental health promotion and mental disorder prevention. We identify strengths and gaps in the scientific literature.

Systematic reviews put research in context

New research is published in peer-reviewed journals every day. Systematic reviews help us make sense of the rapidly expanding body of scientific literature.

Systematic reviews are for evidence synthesis – they evaluate the quality and quantity of evidence available on a topic. Researchers use them to identify strengths and gaps in their research area.

They help SEED remain on the cutting edge of research in social and emotional development.

How systematic reviews support SEED’s research

SEED’s systematic review hub supports research into mental health promotion and mental disorder prevention through. We conduct evidence synthesis to understand:

  • what factors might interfere with healthy social and emotional development (risk factors)
  • what factors might promote healthy social and emotional development (protective factors)
  • what interventions are effective in preventing mental disorders
  • what interventions are effective in promoting mental health and wellbeing.

We have published nearly 150 systematic reviews since 2014. Our reviews have been published in top journals like Nature, World Psychiatry and Psych Bulletin.

We also support research across Deakin University’s School of Psychology by developing systematic review materials for staff and students. Our internship program equips students with job-ready skills.

What are living systematic reviews?

Because of how fast new research is published, traditional systematic reviews tend to age quickly. We are developing a new approach to conducting living systematic reviews using artificial intelligence. The project is in collaboration with Deakin’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute.

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Our purpose

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Curate the Deakin University School of Psychology’s published systematic reviews.

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Support high-quality reviews by developing evidence synthesis resources.

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Provide skill development opportunities for Deakin Psychology students by engaging student interns to work on systematic reviews.

Our leaders

Camille Deane Co-leader
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Liz Spry Co-leader
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Jake Linardon Co-leader
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Major projects

SEED Systematic Review Library

The Systematic Review Manual

Systematic Review Internship Program