Amy M. Sawyer, Ph.D., RN

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Assistant Professor of Nursing

Contact Information

The Pennsylvania State University
129C Health and Human Development East Building
University Park PA 16820-6509

814-863-1020

(fax) 814-863-1027

ams24@psu.edu

Education

Postdoctoral Fellowship 2011, Sleep (K99 NR011173, Sawyer, PI)University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Postdoctoral Fellowship 2009, Sleep Disorders (T32 HL07953, Pack AI, PI) University of Pennsylvania Schools of Medicine and Nursing
Ph.D. 2007 University of Pennsylvania, Nursing
MScN 1995, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
B.S. 1992, Millersville University, Nursing
Diploma 1990, Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing

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

Mild Cognitive Impairment and Obstructive Sleep Apnea, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), R01AG034682; Richards, KC (PI), Detre, J (co-I), Gooneratne, N (co-I), Moelter, S (co-I), Sawyer, AM (co-I), Weaver, TE (co-I), Yushkevich, P (co-I).

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

Risk Assessment and Tailored Intervention to Improve CPAP Adherence, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), R00 NR011173; Sawyer, AM (PI), Kolanowski, A (co-I), Sweer, L (co-I).

Previous

Risk Assessment and Tailored Intervention to Improve CPAP Adherence, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), K99 NR011173, Pathway to Independence Award; Sawyer, AM (PI), Richards, KC (primary mentor), Weaver, TE (co-mentor): 2009-2011.

Predictors of Adherence to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy in Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Veterans Health System (VHS), VISN 4 Competitive Pilot Project Fund; Sawyer, AM (PI), Kuna, ST (mentor), Weaver, TE (co-I), Moriarty, H (co-I): 2002-2006.

 

Honors

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 & 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

Refereed Journals:

Riegel, B, Sawyer, AM, Libonati, J (2011). The lesser of two evils. Sleep 34: 1621-2. 

Sawyer, AM, Gooneratne, N, Marcus, CL, Ofer, D, Richards, KC, Weaver, TE (2011). A systematic review of CPAP adherence across age groups: Clinical and empiric insights for developing CPAP adherence interventions (Invited Review). Sleep Medicine Reviews, 15: 343-56. 

Sawyer, AM, Canamucio, A, Moriarty, H, Weaver, TE, Richards, KC, Kuna, ST (2011). Do cognitive perceptions influence CPAP use? Patient Education and Counseling, 85(1): 85-91. 

Sawyer, AM, Deatrick, J, Kuna, ST, Weaver, TE (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. 

Weaver, TE, Sawyer AM (2010). Adherence to continuous positive airway pressure treatment for obstructive sleep apnea: Current state of the science and implications for future intervention research. Indian Journal of Medical Research, 131: 245-58. 

Weaver, TE, Sawyer, AM (2009). Management of obstructive sleep apnea by continuous positive airway pressure. Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America, 21(4), 403-12. 

Clinical

Sawyer, AM (in press). Insomnia: Sleepless in America Update. Gannett Company’s Nurse.com CE module [scheduled update 10/2012].

Sawyer, AM. Questions about follow-up care of OSA. Medscape Education Neurology & Neurosurgery. October 28, 2011. www.medscape.org/viewarticle/752241 [Accessed December 7, 2011].

Invited Commentary

Richards, KC, Sawyer, AM (2010). What we don’t know about sleep-related breathing disorder in the elderly: A commentary. Sleep, 33: 423-25.

Book Chapters

Weaver, TE, Reishtein, J, Sawyer, AM (in press). Adherence to CPAP treatment and functional status in adult obstructive sleep apnea. In A.I. Pack (Ed) Sleep Apnea, Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment. New York: Francis Taylor, LLC.