|Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology|
I currently manage Durham Infancy and Sleep Centre alongside completing a PhD funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). My research is looking at the influence of sleep location on parental caregiving in the immediate postnatal period and breastfeeding outcomes. 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.
- Midwifery and Postnatal Care
- Evolutionary medicine
- Public Health
- Human behaviour: parenting, infant care, infant mortality, SIDS, infanticide
- Infant Sleep
- Russell, A., Johnson, L., Tupper, E., Keegan, A., Atkher, N., Mullard, J. (2021). ‘Covid-19 and Me’. A Serendipitous Teaching and Learning Opportunity in a 1st Year Undergraduate Medical Anthropology Course. Teaching Anthropology 10(3).
- Ball, Helen L. & Keegan, Alice-Amber (2021). The impact of breastfeeding on mother-baby sleep -- addressing popular myths. Lactation & Breastfeeding: magazine of the European Lactation Consultants Alliance 33(3): 4-8.