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I completed my PhD at the University of Bristol in 2016, which investigated the decision-making processes of mothers with young babies from deprived backgrounds, in relation to the risk factors for SIDS. Following this I worked on the OASIS Study, a case control study designed to investigate whether any feature of the routinely collected newborn hearing screen, either alone or in combination with other risk factors, can be used to identify infants at increased risk of unexpected death in infancy. I am now funded on an NIHR Advanced Fellowship to develop and test interventions to prevent sudden and unexpected infant deaths.


Personal details

I am originally from the North East of England, but grew up in Scotland. I have an MA in Applied Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology as well as a PhD. I have previously worked in New Zealand on national strategies to reduce the incidence of unexpected infant deaths. I have also worked in Southampton developing the Healthy Conversation Skills training (RCT) to evaluate the effectiveness of brief motivational interventions on mothers diet and physical activity. 

I am married to Joshua and we have two children. I have worked, travelled and lived in quite a few other countries, including Brazil, The United States, New Zealand, Vietnam and Malaysia.

PhD Research

Factors Influencing Infant Care Practices in the Sleep Environment amongst Families at High Risk of SIDS

To advise parents (especially those at higher risk of SIDS) on whether and in what conditions they should or should not sleep with their infants we need to understand some of the factors that influence their decision-making process on how they sleep, feed and care for their infant. The purpose of this research was to begin to understand these processes and the relationship between breastfeeding and co-sleeping. This understanding will provide a basis for advice that aims to keep infants safe while they sleep without undermining the parents’ ability to breastfeed. The research also investigated other risk factors associated with SIDS, in particular swaddling, dummy use, sleeping position and how the bedclothes are arranged and looked at how these practices are affected when there is a change in the normal routine.   

This research hopes to advance our knowledge of how parental decisions and associated behaviours can contribute to the safety of sleeping babies.

The work was funded by The Lullaby Trust, a charity that promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep and provides special support for anyone bereaved through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

PHD Publications

Pease, A. S., Fleming, P. J., Hauck, F. R., Moon, R. Y., Horne, R. S., L’Hoir, M. P., ... & Blair, P. S. (2016). Swaddling and the risk of sudden infant death syndrome: a meta-analysis. Pediatrics137(6), e20153275.

Pease, Anna S., et al. "Mothers’ knowledge and attitudes to sudden infant death syndrome risk reduction messages: results from a UK survey." Archives of disease in childhood103.1 (2018): 33-38.

 Pease AIngram JBlair PS, et al. Factors influencing maternal decision-making for the infant sleep environment in families at higher risk of SIDS: a qualitative study. 


Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Families and Parenting


  • SIDS
  • Behaviour change
  • Health Psychology
  • Health Inequities


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