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Durham University

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Miss Alice-Amber Keegan

Member of the Sleep Lab

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I obtained my undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Kent in 2014. I joined the Durham University Parent-Infant Sleep Lab team in 2015 studying a Master’s by research under the supervision of Professor Helen Ball. I conducted my MSc research in the parent-infant sleep lab looking at the efficacy of providing an infant safer sleep box compared to a standalone cot in the same room on reducing the occurrence of modifiable risk factors associated with SIDS whilst bed-sharing.

I am currently completing a PhD funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in collaboration with Newcastle Birthing Centre. My research is looking at the influence of sleep location on parental caregiving in the immediate postnatal period and breastfeeding outcomes.

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Human behaviour: parenting, infant care, infant mortality, SIDS, infanticide
  • Infant Sleep
  • Midwifery and Postnatal Care
  • Public Health

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Selected Grants

  • 2019: ISHE Owen Aldis Award (£7741.50
  • 2019: Van Mildert Postgraduate Award (£2000)
  • 2017: NINE DTP Studentship