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Bruno Saconi

Staff Scientist
Department of Population Health Sciences

Henry Hood Center for Health Research Building
100 N. Academy Ave.
Danville, PA 17822-4400
Phone: 570-214-8191

Bruno Saconi, Ph.D., R.N.

Research Interests

Sleep & Pain

 Dr. Saconi’s program of research addresses sleep and chronic pain symptom management in adults. His long-term goal is to address non-pharmacological opportunities to improve chronic pain symptoms (or outcomes) by treating co-occurring sleep disorders. Dr. Saconi’s current work is characterizing chronic pain in veterans and civilians newly diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and examining differences in patient-reported sleep outcomes in veterans with OSA and with or without pre-existing chronic pain. By providing a more complete understanding of the magnitude and impact of comorbid OSA and chronic pain, these results will be foundational for subsequent assessment of the influence of standard non-pharmacologic OSA treatment (e.g., positive airway pressure [PAP]) on sleep and pain outcomes in adults with comorbid OSA and chronic pain.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea 

 His research in sleep has also led to a better understanding of factors associated with use of PAP therapy, the first-line recommended treatment for moderate-severe OSA. Dr. Saconi recently received funding from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to linguistically and culturally adapt an efficacious tele-management intervention for Spanish-speaking Hispanic adults with OSA. This work will also assess the feasibility, usability and 6-month effectiveness of the adapted intervention. “We aim to provide equitable access to quality long-term PAP management that may mitigate known PAP adherence disparities for minority adults with OSA”.

Other research interests include applied biostatistics and advancing sleep education of health care professionals.

Recent Publications

  • Sawyer, A. M., Saconi, B., Lyons, M. M., Lang-Gallagher, R., Renz, S. M., Watach, A. J., McPhillips, M. V., & Rosen, I. M. (2022). Case-based, asynchronous sleep education outcomes among primary care nurse practitioner students. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
  • Saconi, B., Polomano, R. C., Compton, P. C., McPhillips, M. V., Kuna, S. T., & Sawyer, A. M. (2021). The influence of sleep disturbances and sleep disorders on pain outcomes among veterans: A systematic scoping review. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 56, 101411-101411.
  • Saconi, B., Yang, H., Watach, A., & Sawyer, A. (2018). Coping Processes, Self-Efficacy, and CPAP Use in Adults With Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Behavioral Sleep Medicine., 1–13. PMID: 30477340.
  • Sawyer, A.M, Wallace, D.M., Buenaver, L.F., Watach, A., Blase, A., Saconi, B., Patel, S.R., Kuna, S.T., & Punjabi, N.M. (2020). Where to Next for Optimizing Adherence in Large-scale Trials of CPAP? Sleep Medicine Clinics.
  • Watach, A. J., Xanthopoulos, M. S., Afolabi-Brown, O., Saconi, B., Fox, K. A., Qiu, M., & Sawyer, A. M. (2020). Positive airway pressure adherence in pediatric obstructive sleep apnea: A systematic scoping review. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 51, 101273. 


PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 2022
MA Statistics, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, 2022
MS Nursing, The Pennsylvania State University, 2018
BSN, Universidade de Brasília (Brazil), 2015

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