Lecturer

A native of South Tyrol, the trilingual autonomous region of Northern Italy, David Tomasi is a doctor, licensed psychologist, psychotherapist and Inpatient Psychiatry group therapist at the University of Vermont Medical Center, currently teaching at the University of Vermont and the Community College of Vermont.

Dr. Tomasi is a member of several national and international Academies of Sciences, and is the author of Medical Philosophy: A Philosophical Analysis of Patient Self-Perception in Diagnosis and Therapy (Ibidem - Columbia University Press, 2016), Critical Neuroscience and Philosophy. A Scientific Re-Examination of the Mind-Body Problem (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), and Mind-Body Medicine in Inpatient Psychiatry (Ibidem - Columbia University Press, 2020), as well as co-author of Positive Patient Response to a Structured Exercise Program Delivered in Inpatient Psychiatry (Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 2019), the most-read research item from the University of Vermont (Researchgate, 2019).

His scientific research focuses on mind-body connection health improvement strategies, covering disciplines of investigations such as psychology and psychiatry, neuroscience, philosophy, translational science and traditional medicine.

Research and/or Creative Works

As an artist, Dr. Tomasi worked in Europe and abroad in theatres, museums and private/public institutions such as: Teatro Cristallo Bolzano, Galleria Civica d'arte Contemporanea di Trento, MART Rovereto, Festival OrienteOccidente Rovereto, Bevilacqua La Masa Venice, Centro Internazionale della Grafica Venice, Teatro Città di Conegliano, Centro Internazionale Studi d'Architettura Palladio Vicenza, Teatro Antonianum Padua, Galleria San Fedele Milan, Festival Ritracciarti Mantua, Artissima Turin, PAN Naples, Manifesta 7 the Netherlands/Italy, VAC Ventabren France, and Fleming Museum at UVM. He was awarded the Best Young Artist Prize - Toniolo Foundation, Biennial of Mantova - MAM, One_Hop Extrart - RAI Jury Prize, and Best Artist Prize - Councillorship for Culture and Arts, Govt. of the Region Veneto.

Publications

Tomasi, D., Ferris, H., Booraem, P., Enman, L., Gates, S., and Reyns, E. 2021. Olfactory Virtual Reality (OVR) for Wellbeing and Reduction of Stress, Anxiety and Pain. Journal of Medical Research and Health Sciences, 4(3), 1212−1221, https://doi.org/10.15520/jmrhs.v4i3.322

Tomasi, D. 2020. Critical Neuroscience and Philosophy. A Scientific Re-examination of the Mind-body Problem. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan (Eng) / BOOK

Tomasi, D. 2020. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). A socioepidemiological review. Bennington, VT: Proceedings of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences – VAAS

Webb, S., and Tomasi, D. 2020. Human Gastrointestinal Microbiota and Neural Activity: Effects of Probiotics on Mental and GI Health. Journal of Medical Research and Health Sciences, 3(9), 1070-1076, https://doi.org/10.15520/jmrhs.v3i9.244

Tomasi, D. 2020. Nociceptive Pathways, Sensitivity, and Self-Perception: Applying Motivational Interviewing (MI) Techniques in Pain Management. Burlington, VT: UVM IH Integrative Pain Management Conference

Tomasi, D. 2020. Motivational Interviewing (MI) Techniques In Early Childhood Special Education: Theoretical Frameworks and Neural Underpinnings. Burlington, VT: UVM Implementation Science in Early Childhood Special Education

Marcus M, and Tomasi, D. 2020. Emotional and Cognitive Responses to Academic Performance and Grade Anxiety. Journal of Medical Research and Health Sciences, 3(4), 919-925. https://doi.org/10.15520/jmrhs.v3i4.172

Tomasi, D. 2020. Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) and μ-opioid receptors (MOR): a dialogue between free will, responsibility, and mental health. Williston, VT: NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

Tomasi, D. 2020. Mind-Body Medicine in Inpatient Psychiatry. New York, NY: Ibidem Verlag / Columbia University Press (Eng) / BOOK

Catania, K.S., Tomasi, D. 2019. Mind Over Medicated. University of Vermont, 2019

Tomasi, D. 2019. Ancient Echoes and Modern Evidence: New Frontiers in Integrative Medicine. Washington, DC: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Tomasi, D. 2019. Motivational Interviewing for Physical Therapy. Burlington VT: Fall Education Conference for the Vermont Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Tomasi, D., Gates, S., and Reyns, E. 2019. Olfactory Virtual Reality (OVR) for Wellbeing and Reduction of Stress, Anxiety and Pain. Burlington, VT: UVMMC --- Current Research (Eng)

Tomasi, D. 2018. Mind-Body Medicine in Inpatient Psychiatry settings. Burlington, VT: UVMMC

Gates S., Enman L., Tomasi, D. 2019. Technology-based interventions for safety and cost-effectiveness improvement in inpatient psychiatry. Burlington, VT: UVMMC --- Current Research (Eng)

Louis, I., Schlenther, I., Lahoti, S., Tomasi, D. 2019. Implementing cultural awareness/sensitivity in inpatient psychiatry. Burlington, VT: UVMMC --- Current Research (Eng)

Tomasi, D. 2018. South Tyrol. The Horrific Choices. Crompond, NY: Filò JFTA 20(19). 32-34

Marini, M.G., Tomasi, D. (contr.) 2018. Languages of Care in Narrative Medicine: Words, Space and Time in the Healthcare Ecosystem. New York, NY: Springer (Eng) / BOOK

Tomasi, D., Gates, S., 2018. Enhancing Motivation for Exercise in an Inpatient Psychiatric Population. Burlington, VT: UVMMC (Eng)

Goddard, C., 2018. Minimal English for a Global World. Christian, D., Farrelly, N.,Maley, W., Marini, M.G., Mooney, A., Peeters, B., Torkki J., Vanhatalo, U., Wesley, M., Wierzbicka A., Tomasi, D. (contr. - Linguistics interface: applying the Natural Semantic Metalanguage to Narrative Medicine). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan (Eng) / BOOK

Tomasi, D. 2017. Mind-Body Medicine strategies to improve clinical outcomes in inpatient psychiatry settings. Universidad Azteca UCN (Eng / Ger)

Tomasi, D. 2018. A Family History. Crompond, NY: Filò JFTA 15(17). 24-25

Tomasi, D. 2017. Therapeutic Improvement to increase group attendance. Standardization and optimization of group schedules on inpatient psychiatry units. Burlington, VT: Fletcher Allen Health Care (Eng)

Tomasi, D. 2016. Medical Philosophy. Philosophical Analysis of Patient Self-Perception in Diagnostics and Therapy. New York, NY: Ibidem Verlag / Columbia University Press (Eng) / BOOK

Tomasi, D. 2015. Медицинска философия. Философски анализ на себевъзприятието на пациента в диагностиката и лечението. Sofia, BG: University of Sofia St. Kliment Ohridski – Summary (Bul)

Tomasi, D. 2015. Wishful thinking, hope, and placebo. Exploring the connections between religion and medicine beyond illusion, delusion, and ideation. Sofia, BG: Sofia Philosophical Review 9(1) (Eng)

Tomasi, D. 2013. Neurophilosophical aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness: A comparative epistemological analysis. Burlington, VT: Fletcher Allen Health Care (Eng)

Tomasi, D. 2012. Self-image and academic achievement: a progressive phronesis approach. Sofia, BG: University of Sofia St. Kliment Ohridski (Eng) • Tomasi, D. 2011. Eine theoretische Analyse von Spiegelneuronen im Zusammenhang mit Neuroplastizität und erlerntem Verhalten. Trient, I: CRAM (Ger/Ita)

Peer-reviewed Scientific Review Editor and/or Editorial Board Membership

  • Frontiers in Psychology - Health Psychology
  • American Journal of Internal Medicine (AJIM)
  • Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment / Dove Medical Press
  • Sofia Philosophical Review's (SPhR) International
  • Filo JFTA Journal, New York
  • Global Advances in Health and Medicine (GAHM) / SAGE journals
  • International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Health & Well-being / Taylor & Francis
  • Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, Springer

Awards and Recognition

  • South Tyrolean Honour Cross; Volunteer Firefighter 15-year Service; Landesverband der Freiwilligen Feuerwehren Südtirols - Landesfeuerwehrschule – South Tyrol
  • Extraordinary Member Union Corps Saint Lazarus International - Germany/Austria
  • Diploma of Merit, National Association of Knights of the Italian Republic (Order of Merit of the Italian Republic), Monza
  • Order of Peter the Great (Орден Петра Великого), Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Russia
  • Member of the Interfaith Committee, Bozen-Brixen Diocese, South Tyrol
  • Honorary Citizen, City of Sabbioneta, Italy
  • Member of the Interfaith Committee, Bozen-Brixen Diocese, South Tyrol
  • USA Delegate for the State of Vermont - Pope Clement XI Foundation
  • Best Clinician “Bee Award” - University of Vermont Medical Center, 2021 - USA
  • Best Clinician “Bee Award” - University of Vermont Medical Center, 2020 - USA
  • Best Clinician “Bee Award” - University of Vermont Medical Center, 2019 - USA

Associations and Affiliations

  • International Academy of Sciences, San Marino (AIS) – ISD Member (Medicine, Psychotherapy, and Neuroscience)
  • Academy of Sciences of Rome (Accademia Tiberina), Italy – Full Ordinary Member
  • Academy of Sciences of Siena (Accademia dei Fisiocritici), Italy – Corresponding Member
  • Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences (VAAS), USA – Secretary
  • Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (Российская Академия Естествознания), Russia – Corresponding Member
  • International Academy of Sciences, USA (IAS) – Senior Member
  • American Psychological Association (APA) – Associate Member (2011-2015); Community College Teacher Affiliate
  • Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health, USA, Member
  • Italian Psychological Association (AIPASS) – Associate Member
  • Pope Clement XI Foundation – Scientific Committee Member
  • Italian Society of Psycho-Oncology (SIPO) – Associate Member
  • State of Vermont (USA) Board of Psychological Examiners – Licensed Psychologist-Doctorate # 048.0134190
  • State of Vermont (USA) Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners – Rostered Psychotherapist # 097.0124826
  • Center for Mental Health (CSM), Dept. of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, University of Verona School of Medicine (Italy, 2008 - 2010)
  • Interfaith Committee, Bozen-Brixen Diocese, South Tyrol (2004-2010)
  • National Observatory for Outsider Art (Italy, 2007-2010)
  • International Biennial Fair for Contemporary art KunStart (2009-2011)
  • Via Claudia Augusta Foundation / Giontech Archaeological Site, affiliated with Foundation Via Francigena, Postumia Optima Via and Museo Retico di San Zeno (Germany/Austria/Italy, 2007 - current)
  • Manifesta 7 - European Biennial of Contemporary Art (Italy / The Netherlands, 2007)
  • Member of the Cultural and Artistic Heritage Commission, Diocese of Verona (Italy, 2005-2010)
David Lag Tomasi

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Clinical psychology and psychiatry, cognitive and critical neuroscience, philosophy of medicine, Traditional European Medicine (TEM), art therapy, medical anthropology, science and spirituality, international collaborations in medicine and health care

Education

  • Doctor of Science, Higher Doctorate Honoris Causa, Section: Medical Sciences, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (Почётный доктор наук, Медицинские науки, Российская Академия Естествознания), Moscow
  • 2nd Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Research in Medicine / Psychotherapy, Department of Philosophy; University of Sofia St. Kliment Ohridski
  • Specialization in Integrative Medicine and Health, Coursera - University of Minnesota
  • 1st Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Critical Neuroscience; Department of Philosophy, University of Sofia St. Kliment Ohridski.
  • Ed.D.- Ph.D., Psychology; University Azteca European Programs, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Ph.D. in Medical Philosophy; Department of Philosophy, University of Sofia St. Kliment Ohridski. Clinical Research at the University of Vermont Medical Center
  • M.Med. in Internal Medicine (Máster en Medicina Interna), Specialization in Pediatric and Emergency Medicine; Esneca - Universidad Católica de Cuyo, Madrid – San Juan, Argentina / Spain
  • Diploma in Psychology; Alison Galway, Ireland
  • M.C.S., Neuroscience; UniPsi University, Turin, Italy
  • B.A./M.A.; Academy of Arts of Verona, Italy

Contact

Phone:
  • (802) 656-2030
Office Location:

310N Rowell Building

Office Hours:

By appointment

Courses Taught

  • HLTH 102A - the Science of Integrative, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine (current)
  • HLTH 188A - Motivational Interview Intro + Lab (current)
  • HLTH 188A - Motivational Interview Advanced + Lab (current)
  • HDFS 005A - Human Development (current)
  • HLTH 222 - Critical Neuroscience
  • HLTH 102 - Science and Evidence in Complementary Therapies (previous)
  • HDFS 295B - Refugee Crises and Family Impacts (previous)
  • HDFS 189A - Theories of Human Development (previous)
  • HLTH 195 - Science and Evidence in Complementary and Alternative Therapies (previous)