Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, DA, LCAT, MT-BC is at the very top of the field of music therapy. She is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation, and her work has been featured in television and literature. Join Open Arts host Paddy as he sits down with Dr. Tomaino and learns about her cutting edge research into music and its relationship to memory.
Music & Memory Board Member, Concetta M. Tomaino, DA, LCAT, MT-BC is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and was Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at CenterLight Health System (formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services), where she worked from 1980 to 2016. In 2017, she and the IMNF relocated to the campus of Wartburg, a senior residential and healthcare facility, in Mt. Vernon, NY. Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. She lectures on music therapy throughout the world.
Her work has been featured in national programs including 48 Hours and 60 Minutes; in international programs including the BBC; and in books on health and healing. Dr. Sacks book Musicophilia is dedicated to her.
Dr. Tomaino is Past-President of the American Association for Music Therapy and Vice President and founding board member for the International Association for Music and Medicine.
She received the Award of Accomplishment from Music Therapists for Peace at the United Nations. In 2014, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Music Therapy. In 2011 she received in inaugural Burton Grebin Innovator of the Year Award from the NY Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC ). She was honored with the 2010 Professional Practice Award from the American Association for Music Therapy and also as one of “Three Wise Women” by the National Organization of Italian American Women. In 2004 she received the Music has Power Award from the IMNF and the Zella Bronfman Butler Award which is given by the UJA-Federation of New York in partnership with the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation to professionals in the UJA-Federation agency network for their outstanding work on behalf of individuals with physical, developmental, or learning disabilities. In 1999 she received a Touchstone Award from “Women in Music” for her visionary spirit.
She is on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Lehman College, CUNY.