Teaching Parents to Create Safe
Infant Sleep Environments



Every year in the United States 3,700 infants die from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This problem is compounded by numerous sources of bad information and less effective new parent training programs that do not emphasis more effective behavioral skills training methods. Our solution is a computer and app based training program that can increase parent’s safe infant sleep awareness and improve their ability to effectively implement proper American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines by using behavioral skills training methods at the core of the program design.

Results and Benefits

Initial results suggest that the training program may have not only resulted in significant gains in ability to create a safe sleep environment and identify sleep risks, but may also result in associated changes in beliefs and safe sleep behaviors.

Intellectual Property

This is a copyrighted software program.

This technology is part of an active and ongoing research program and is seeking partners for development of the final product. It is available for developmental research support/licensing under either exclusive or non-exclusive terms.


With US birth rates at approximately 4 Million per year, there are plenty of new parents in need of safe infant sleep training programs. Potential licensees include: childbirth classes, hospitals & birthing centers, government agencies (ex. Health and Human Services), online training companies in healthcare, and childcare service providers.

Inventor (s)

Jillian Austin
Dr. Jillian Austin is a graduate from the health psychology & behavior analysis doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She’s worked at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and her pediatric psychology post-doctoral fellowship is at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in Jacksonville, FL. In addition to clinical research on public perceptions of pediatric chronic illness, her research also focuses on reducing infant death related to unsafe sleep environments.

Dr. Austin is published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Global Pediatric Health, and the Journal for Autism and Developmental Disorders. She has also presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference and the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference.

For further information please contact:
Jessica Silvaggi, Ph.D.
Senior Licensing Manager
UWM Research Foundation
1440 East North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Tel: 414-906-4654
Please reference: OTT ID. 1468