Amy M. Sawyer, Ph.D., RN

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Assistant Professor of Nursing

Contact Information

307C Nursing Sciences Building
University Park PA 16802

814-863-1020
814-863-0245

(fax) 814-865-6625

ams24@psu.edu

Education

Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (2011)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Schools of Medicine and Nursing (2009)
Ph.D., Nursing, University of Pennsylvania (2007)
M.Sc.N., Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (1995)
B.S., Nursing, Millersville University (1992)
Diploma, Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing (1990)

Research Interests

Research Foci

  • Sleep and sleep disorders across the adult lifespan
  • Adherence outcomes with specific focus on continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) in adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with emphasis on screening for risk of nonadherence, tailored and standardized interventions to promote CPAP use
  • Disparate patterns of diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes in sleep disorders
  • Health literacy
  • Randomized controlled trial and mixed methodologies
     

Professional Experience

Funded Research Projects

Current

Enhancing Patient–Clinician Communication through Self-Monitoring Data Sharing
Seed Grant, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
E. K. Choe (PI), M. Reddy (Co-I), A. M. Sawyer (Co-I)

Previous

Cognitive Function, Neural Correlates, and Adherence to Treatment in Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Social Science Research Institute, Penn State
A. M. Sawyer (PI), N. A. Dennis (Co-I), T. S. King (Co-I)

Sleep Health Hub Prototype: Low-Burden Solutions for Sleep Care Delivery
Fran and Holly Soistman Faculty Research Endowment Award, College of Health and Human Development, Penn State
A. M. Sawyer (PI), V. V. Prabhu (Co-I)

Mild Cognitive Impairment and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
NIH/NIA, R01AG034682
K. C. Richards (PI), J. Detre (Co-I), N. Gooneratne (Co-I), S. Moelter (Co-I), A. M. Sawyer (Co-I), T. E. Weaver (Co-I), P. Yushkevich (Co-I)

Tailored Intervention to Promote CPAP Adherence
Research Award, American Nurses Foundation/Sigma Theta Tau International
A. M. Sawyer (PI)

Risk Assessment and Tailored Intervention to Improve CPAP Adherence
NIH/NINR, R00 NR011173
A. M. Sawyer (PI), A. Kolanowski (Co-I), L. Sweer (Co-I)

Risk Assessment and Tailored Intervention to Improve CPAP Adherence
NIH/NINR, K99 NR011173, Pathway to Independence Award
A. M. Sawyer (PI), K. C. Richards (Primary Mentor), T. E. Weaver (Co-Mentor)

Predictors of Adherence to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy in Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Veterans Health System (VHS), VISN 4 Competitive Pilot Project Fund
A. M. Sawyer (PI), S. T. Kuna (Mentor), T. E. Weaver (Co-I), H. Moriarty (Co-I)

Honors

2013
Fran and Holly Soistman Faculty Research Endowment Award, Penn State College of Health and Human Development

2011–13
American Nurses Foundation Scholar, American Nurses Foundation/Sigma Theta Tau International

2007
Kathleen Jennings Dozier Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania Advance Practice Scholarship
Eight & Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship Award, American Legion

2006

Excellence in Nursing Recognition for Research, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Outstanding Clinical Research Award, University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology


2005
Eight & Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship Award, American Legion


2004
Eight & Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship Award, American Legion


2002
Excellence in Nursing Award, Staff Nurse, Pennsylvania State Nurses’ Association
Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nursing Nominee, US Department of Veterans Affairs


1993
Nu Beta, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
1990


Continuing Education Award, Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing
 

Selected Publications

Y. Kang, A. M. Sawyer, P. M. Griffin, and V. V. Prabhu. 2015. Modeling adherence behavior for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. European Journal of Operational Research, in press.

J. Cantey-Edmonds, H. Yang, T. S. King, D. A. Sawyer, A. Rizzo, and A. M. Sawyer. 2015. Claustrophobic tendencies and continuous airway pressure therapy nonadherence in adults with obstructive sleep apnea. Heart & Lung 44:100-6.

A. M. Sawyer, Y. Kang, V. Honavar, P. Griffin, and V. V. Prabhu. 2015. Stimulating new and innovative perspectives on old and persistent problems: A commentary. Sleep Medicine 16(3):311–12.

A. M. Sawyer, T. S. King, D. A. Sawyer, and A. Rizzo. 2014. Is inconsistent pretreatment bedtime related to CPAP nonadherence? Research in Nursing & Health 37(6):504–11. 

A. M. Sawyer, T. S. King, A. Hanlon, K. C. Richards, L. Sweer, A. Rizzo, and T. E. Weaver. 2014. Risk assessment for CPAP nonadherence in adults with newly diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea: Preliminary testing of the index for nonadherence to PAP (I-NAP). Sleep & Breathing 18(4):875–83.

Y. Kang, V. Prabhu, A. M. Sawyer, and P. Griffin. 2013. Markov models for treatment adherence in obstructive sleep apnea. In ISERC Conference Proceedings, A. Krishnamurthy and W. K. Victor Chan, eds.

Y. Kang, V. Prabhu, A. M. Sawyer, and P. Griffin. 2013. Data mining for characterizing obstructive sleep apnea treatment adherence trends. In ISERC Conference Proceedings, A. Krishnamurthy and W. K. Victor Chan, eds.

A. M. Sawyer. 2013. Building a scientific basis to address adherence disparities among adults with CPAP-treated obstructive sleep apnea: Commentary on Billings et al, "Is the relationship between race and CPAP adherence mediated by sleep duration?" Sleep 36:163–64.

A. Sawyer, N. Gooneratne, C. L. Marcus, D. Ofer, K. Richards, and T. E. Weaver. 2011. A systematic review of CPAP adherence across age groups: Clinical and empiric insights for developing CPAP adherence interventions. Sleep Medicine Reviews 15:343–56.

A. Sawyer, J. Deatrick, S. T. Kuna, and T. E. Weaver. 2010. Differences in perceptions of the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and continuous positive airway pressure therapy among adherers and nonadherers. Qualitative Health Research 20:873–92. 

Courses Taught

NURS 581 Developing Theoretical Constructs Relevant to Nursing

NURS 513 M.S.N. Capstone

NURS 200W Understanding and Applying Nursing Research