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Dr. Joanna Buscemi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology of DePaul University's College of Science and Health. Her research is primarily focused on combating health inequities by engaging communities in the research process and expanding access to evidence-based interventions for those who need them most. Dr. Buscemi primarily specializes in obesity-related inequities but also works across disease presentations (e.g., cancer, diabetes, substance use disorders). Dr. Buscemi has expertise in technology-delivered interventions, dissemination and implementation science, and community-engaged research and uses these skills across her research projects. She has partnered with Chicago Public School on two research projects related to school meals and is conducting ongoing research on the efficacy of technology-delivered interventions that target 1) health-related quality of life and health behaviors in Latina breast cancer patients and 2) breastfeeding and mental health among Black women. Additionally, she recently partnered with Brothers Health Collective to conduct a research study investigating health inequities related to COVID-19. In addition to research, Dr. Buscemi is active in policy advocacy and serves as a Member Delegate at the Society of Behavioral Medicine.


Obesity Prevention

Cancer Prevention

Community-based interventions

Technology-delivered behavioral interventions

Health disparities

Addictive behaviors

Behavioral economics

Dissemination and implementation science

Health policy


PhD, University of Memphis, 2011

Predoctoral Clinical Internship, Medical University of South Carolina, 2010-2011

BS/BA, Spring Hill College, 2005


2219 North Kenmore Avenue 

Chicago, IL 60614-3504

Phone: 773-325-2971; Email:

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