Key note speaker | 2017
Amy M. Sawyer, PhD, RN
TALK TITLE: "Traversing the Abyss:" Starting & Sustaining a Research Career
Dr. Sawyer received her PhD in nursing science from University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one in the School of Medicine on a federal institutional training grant for sleep science and one in the School of Nursing on an individually-funded, National Institute of Nursing Research fellowship focused on behavioral intervention design and clinical trial methodology. Dr. Sawyer's prior education includes a Master's of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Millersville University and a diploma in Nursing from Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing.
Dr. Sawyer's program of research addresses treatment adherence in adults with obstructive sleep apnea. Her research interests developed as a result of 15 years of advanced practice nursing in several Sleep Centers, both in academic medical institutions and the Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Sawyer is presently an assistant professor at The Pennsylvania State University where she teaches undergraduate, graduate and doctoral core courses and mentors developing nurse scientists in the area of sleep and sleep disorders research. Dr. Sawyer is an active member of both nursing science and sleep science practice and research organizations, including Eastern Nursing Research Society, Council for Advancement of Nursing Science, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and Sleep Research Society. Dr. Sawyer has served on numerous research-focused committees for these organizations. Dr. Sawyer is an editorial board member for the journal, Sleep Health, the official publication of the National Sleep Foundation and is an active reviewer for more than 20 nursing and medical journals.