Sleep Review’s webinar “Boosting CPAP Adherence Via Psychosocial Interventions” is now available for on-demand viewing.

Boosting CPAP Adherence Via Psychosocial Interventions from Allied 360 on Vimeo.

In the 1 hour and 19 minute free webinar, Sleep Review‘s editor and three experts delve into psychological and social issues that may be preventing your patients from using their prescribed CPAP for obstructive sleep apnea. In addition to identifying psychosocial barriers to treatment, the presenters explain behavioral interventions that are backed by evidence and clinical experience. The on-demand version includes a recording of the live Q&A segment.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Ways to predict adherence issues before they arise
  • Options for behavioral interventions, including CBT and PAP adherence coaching apps
  • About the relationship between PAP acceptance/adherence and insomnia/anxiety
  • The importance of ongoing social support, such as patient support groups



Megan R. Crawford, PhD
Assistant Professor
Rush University

Megan R. Crawford, PhD, got her first taste of sleep medicine during her undergraduate degree, when she completed a research placement at Goldsmiths College and the Institute of Psychiatry in London on sleep and cognitive styles in school-aged children. In 2008, she started her PhD in behavioral sleep medicine at the University of Glasgow and Sydney University. Her thesis was on patient adherence to treatments of sleep and wake disorders, primarily insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea. After earning her PhD, she came to Rush University Medical Center in Chicago for a 3-year postdoctoral research fellowship. Currently she is employed at Rush as an assistant professor, and her primary research focus is optimizing treatment, which includes patient adherence, treatment generalizability, and accessibility.

During the Q&A segment of the webinar, Crawford mentions a masters program as a resource for those who’d like further education on the subject. The program is The Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine.


Ryan G. Wetzler, PsyD, CBSM, ABPP
Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine
Chest Medicine Associates dba Sleep Medicine Specialists

Ryan G. Wetzler, PsyD, CBSM, ABPP, has served as director of behavioral sleep medicine at Chest Medicine Associates dba Sleep Medicine Specialists, a pulmonary and sleep practice in Louisville, Ky, since 2004. He is also an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences with the University of Louisville, School of Medicine. He has been certified in the practice of behavioral sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine since 2005. In 2011 he became board certified in clinical health psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Wetzler is active in several professional organizations, with past roles including president of the Kentucky Sleep Society, past president of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, chair of the insomnia section of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and past chair of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Course. He is currently a board member of the Kentucky Sleep Society. He maintains a full-time clinical practice specializing in non-drug treatment approaches for sleep disorders and management of chronic medical conditions.


Ann M. Cartwright, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Sleep Medicine Clinic
National Jewish Health

Ann Cartwright, MPAS, PA-C, is a physician assistant at the Sleep Medicine Clinic at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colo. She treats adult patients with all sleep disorders, but has a special focus on PAP adherence and is regarded as the local “PAP Guru.” She is passionate about patient education and has created several patient programs including a large CPAP support/education group in the Denver area. She is also involved in research projects in PAP adherence. She has been a member and the most recent chair of the APRN/PA Task force created by the AASM to investigate the role that advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants are playing in the field of sleep medicine. As part of this task force, she has helped to create several educational courses and is currently working to create on-demand online education for APRNs and PAs entering sleep medicine.


This webinar is sponsored by ResMed.


Starting CPAP therapy is challenging. ResMed’s myAir is a free online support tool for patients using Air10 devices that helps them overcome common therapy challenges and makes it easier for them to stay engaged with their treatment. By providing feedback about specific therapy data, like usage and mask leak, myAir makes it simple for patients to track their progress and share with loved ones, for additional support. Patients get access to a full library of personalized, educational content and receive timely messages that encourage effective CPAP use and help to build their confidence. In fact, a recent study showed that 84% of patients using myAir who are new to CPAP achieve compliance within 90 days.

The webinar originally aired April 28, 2016.