Amy M. Sawyer, assistant professor of nursing at Penn State, has been appointed to the Research Committee of the Sleep Research Society, an international organization that fosters scientific investigation of sleep and sleep disorders. Sawyer’s appointment is effective June 2012 through June 2015.
Sawyer joined the Penn State School of Nursing faculty in 2011. Her research focuses on sleep and sleep disorders across the adult life span, including adherence outcomes for continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in adults with obstructive sleep apnea; neurocognitive impairment and treatment response in obstructive sleep apnea; and disparate patterns of diagnosis, treatment and outcomes in sleep disorders.
In addition to promoting research in all areas of sleep, the Sleep Research Society promotes training and education in sleep research and provides forums for the exchange of knowledge pertaining to sleep. Its Research Committee is responsible for making recommendations regarding the society's policies and activities relating to research, and oversees the junior faculty program to support the appointment of junior faculty dedicated to sleep research.