Dr. Joanna Buscemi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology of DePaul University's College of Science and Health. Her research is primarily focused on the prevention and treatment of obesity among systemically oppressed populations. Dr. Buscemi also has expertise in technology-delivered interventions, dissemination and implementation science, and community-engaged research which has allowed her to collaborate on research projects across health risk behaviors and disease presentations. Currently, her work focuses on promoting healthful eating in Chicago Public Schools. She is also conducting research on the efficacy of technology-delivered interventions that target 1) health-related quality of life in Latina breast cancer patients and 2) breastfeeding and mental health among Black women. Finally, she collaborates with Sinai Urban Health Institute on projects to reduce health inequities in systemically oppressed neighborhoods in Chicago. Dr. Buscemi also serves as the Health Policy Council Chair at the Society of Behavioral Medicine and leads the organization in nationwide advocacy efforts.


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: jbuscem2@depaul.edu