Evidence Based Research & Clinical Experience

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October 18, 2022
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The Dr Golly Sleep Program has been developed with a combination of evidence based research, clinical experience and expert contributions.  It’s the only sleep program globally designed and written by a paediatrician.

What is evidence-based research?

Evidence-based research refers to studies published in peer-reviewed journals. Below are some of the key papers that are directly or indirectly referred to throughout the Dr Golly Sleep Program.  My programs are all aligned with current research, that means that they’re also constantly evolving as we learn more and more.

What do you mean by clinical experience? 

Clinical experience is the expertise that comes from applying research over time with real people and seeing the results. I’ve been a consultant paediatrician for over 15 years and have 3 children. Through these experiences, I’ve been able to refine my recommendations and techniques based on this experience.

What do you mean by expert contributions?

I truly believe in a multidisciplinary approach to child health and development; this means seeking advice and contribution from those in specialised fields. The team of professional  experts that have contributed to the Dr Golly Sleep Program are a fountain of knowledge. This team is made up of two midwives, certified sleep consultant, IBCLC (lactation consultant), paediatric psychologist, perinatal psychiatrist, allergist, women’s physiotherapist, speech pathologist and paediatric dietician. You can learn more about each of the experts here. There’s perhaps at least a couple of centuries of paediatric study and practice between this group of highly knowledgeable individuals.

Why don’t you add the research papers throughout  the program?

We know our audience is busy and tired and they want the answers they trust – they have purchased a program written by a paediatrician and team of experts for this reason. Academic papers are often difficult to read and digest, as is formal academic writing with linked or referenced papers. We wanted this information in the Dr Golly Sleep Program to be readily available to parents and caregivers in a highly consumable manner – for that reason we’ve added all the academic references into their own section for parents who want to go deep – but keep it nice and easy to read for everyone else.

In each of the 6 Dr Golly Sleep Programs you’ll now find a (rather dense) chapter with over 120 academic papers and clinical guidelines across the subjects below.


  • Sleep training
  • Sleep and development
  • Swaddling
  • Unswaddling
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Starting Solids
  • Tummy Time
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Cross parenting/Hormonal Change in dads
  • Sleep and darkness
  • Sleep and white noise
  • Sleep training and attachment
  • Sleep and baths
  • Sleep Cycles
  • Sleep and Screen Time
  • Sleep and Crying
  • Sleep & Interventions
  • Sleep and routines
  • Sleep Settling Techniques
  • Sleep Associations
  • Sleep room sharing & SIDS
  • Sleep & Colic
  • Sleep & Melatonin

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