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Matthew Komelski

Matthew Komelski, Advanced Instructor

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Matthew Komelski, Advanced Instructor

Department of Human Development and Human Science
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-357-3822 |

Matthew Komelski is an advanced instructor of human development and family science at Virginia Tech.

Accepting new grad students: No
In need of students for research team: No
Name of research team: N/A

  • Best practices in contemplative pedagogy & course design
  • Clinical protocol development for mindfulness-based practices & moving meditations
  • The use of mindfulness-based practices to support wellbeing in college students
  • Ph.D., Human Development, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Graduate Certificate, Gerontology, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, Virginia
  • M.S., Human Development, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, Virginia
  • M.A., Asian Studies, University of Hawaii Manoa. Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Certificate in Japanese Studies, Konan University. Kobe, Japan
  • B.A., History, Radford University. Radford Virginia
  • B.A., Philosophy & Religion, Radford University, Radford Virginia
  • Certificate in Japanese Studies, Kansai Foreign Language University. Osaka, Japan 
  • Director, Adaptive Brain and Behavior Minor, Department of Human Development & Family Science, VT
  • Senior Fellow, Honors Residential College, VT
  • Member, Advisory Council for First Year Experiences, VT
  • Coach, Amateur Athletic Union
  • 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award- Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, VT
  • 2020 VT Engage Faculty Fellow- VT Engage, VT
  • 2019 Learning Systems Innovation and Effectiveness Fellowship (2019)
  • 2018 Faculty Scholar- Virginia Tech Graduate Academy of Teaching Excellence
  • 2017 Teacher of the Week Award- Center for Instructional Design and Educational Research
  • 2016 Favorite Faculty Award- VT Housing and Residence Life
  • 2014 Favorite Faculty Award- VT Housing and Residence Life
  • 2013 Favorite Faculty Award- VT Housing and Residence Life
  • 2012 Excellence in Access and Inclusion Award- Office of Services for Students with Disabilities and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion
  • 2011 IDDL: Enterprise fund $2,500- Development of Stage I of an interactive interface for learning mindbody practices online. (PI Dr. Ico Bukvic)
  • 2011 CIDER: Instructional Enhancement Grant $2,000 (co-applicant Dr. Shannon Jarrott)
  • 2010 Vetra R. & Jay A. Mancini Research Prize: Department of Human Development, VT


Journal Articles

Komelski, M. F., Shankar, M., Allen, K. R., Janac, B. R., (Revised-In Press) Challenges, Adaptation, and Learning in an Immersive Mindfulness-Based Practices Course: College Student Perspectives. Educational Review.

Munro, S., Komelski, M., Lutgens, B., Lagoy, J. and Detweiler, M., 2019. Improving the Health of Veterans Though Moving Meditation Practices: A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study. Journal of Veterans Studies, 5(1), pp.16–23. DOI:

Richey, J. A., Sullivan-Toole, H., Strege, M., Carlton, C., McDaniel, D., Komelski, M., Epperley, A., Zhu, H., Allen, I. C. Precision Implementation of Minimal Erythema Dose (MED) Testing to Assess Individual Variation in Human Inflammatory Response. J. Vis. Exp. (152), e59813, doi:10.3791/59813 (2019).

Komelski, M. F., Blieszner, R., & Miyazaki, Y. (2016). Curriculum, practice and diet predict health among experienced Taiji and Qigong practitioners. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22, 154-159. doi:10.1089/acm.2015.0071.

Komelski, M. F, Blieszner, R., & Miyazaki, Y. (2012). Comparing the health status of US Taijiquan and qigong practitioners to a national survey sample across ages. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 18, 281–286. doi:10.1089/acm.2011.0008

Komelski, M. F., & Kim, K. Y. (2012). Taiji self-care: Program development for extended care nursing staff at a local Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Federal Practitioner, 29, 9-14.

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