Lecturer III

Ms. Scacciaferro practiced and taught Healing Touch at Fletcher Allen Health Care (now the University of Vermont Medical Center), where she served as critical care nurse and nurse manager for 24 years. She implemented multidisciplinary rounds and resident orientation in critical care and provided direct care, including complementary therapies, to patients and their families.

In 2001, Ms. Scacciaferro was awarded a $1.7 million H-1B Technical Skills Training grant for operating room nurse training and critical care internship programs offered through the Vermont Department of Employment and Training. Under her leadership, the Holistic Critical Care Nurse Internship was named one of six exemplary H-1B programs in the nation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

She currently serves as school nurse at Vergennes Union High School, where she provides holistic nursing and emergency care; case management for students with acute and chronic health care challenges. She was the coordinator of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Wellness Programs from 2010 – 2016, during which time she secured $91,000 in Vermont Education Health Initiative funding for staff wellness.

Ms. Scacciaferro is a certified Healing Touch practitioner/instructor who has taught Healing Touch levels 1-5 at UVM since 2002.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Advisor, UVM Body, Mind, Soul Living/Learning Center Program, 2007-2008
  • Student nurse mentor, Vergennes Union High School Community Health nursing course, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015,2016, 2017
  • Primary faculty, UVM Continuing Education Healing Therapies and Sequence on Complementary Therapies curriculum development
  • Advisor, Continuing Education Healing Therapies, 2002 - 2012
  • Teleconference presenter, UVM Complementary Therapies for Pain Management, 2000-2002

Awards and Recognition

  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Sally Sample Nurse Manager Excellence Award, 2001

Associations and Affiliations

  • Vermont State School Nurse Association             
  • American Holistic Nurses Association
  • Healing Touch International
  • Energy Medicine Partnerships
  • National School Nurse Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau
Kathleen Scaccafiaferro

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

School health, shared governance, Healing Touch & Energy Medicine, Traditional Mongolian Medicine, complementary therapies for pain management


  • Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner/Instructor, Energy Medicine Partnerships
  • Certified Healing Touch Practitioner/Instructor, Healing Touch International
  • Traditional Mongolian Medicine, Institute of Traditional Mongolian Medicine, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • M.S., Administration; St. Michael’s College
  • B.S., Nursing; University of Vermont
  • B.A., Sociology; Hartwick College


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Office Hours:

By Appointment

Courses Taught

  • HLTH 060 - LGBTQ Health Disparities
  • HLTH 095 - Dismantling Rape Culture
  • HLTH 096 - Survey in Complementary and Alternative Therapies
  • HLTH 109 - Energy Medicine
  • HLTH 141 - Healing Touch Level 1
  • HLTH 142 - Healing Touch Level 2
  • HLTH 143 - Healing Touch Level 3
  • HLTH 195 - Healing Touch Level 4 & 5
  • HLTH 196 - Meridians, Systems, & Organs
  • HLTH 195 - Traditional Mongolian Medicine & Cultural Immersion (Travel Course)
  • HLTH 295 - Complementary Therapies in Cuban Health Care & Cultural Immersion (Travel Course)