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Amy M. Sawyer

Ph.D., RN
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 (K99 NR011173)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Schools of Medicine and Nursing (T32 HL07953)
Ph.D., Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
M.Sc.N., Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
B.S., Nursing, Millersville University
Diploma, Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing

Research Interests

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

Honors

  • 2013 – Fran and Holly Soistman Faculty Research Endowment Award, Penn State College of Health and Human Development
  • 2011-2013 – American Nurses Foundation Scholar, American Nurses Foundation/Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2007 – Kathleen Jennings Dozier Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • 2007 – Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania Advance Practice Scholarship
  • 2007 – Eight & Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship Award, American Legion
  • 2006 – Excellence in Nursing Recognition for Research, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • 2006 – 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
  • 2002 – 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

Funded Research Projects

Inflammation, Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and Fatigue in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sawyer, A.M. (PI), American Nurses Foundation, Inc., 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017

Funded Research Projects

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Claustrophobia in Positive Airway Pressure Treated Adults, Sawyer, A.M. (PI), King, T.S. and Kolanowski, A.M., American Lung Association, 7/1/2016 – 6/30/2017