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Joanna Buscemi

  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology
  • PhD
  • Psychology
  • 773-325-2971
  • ​Byrne Hall, Room 564

Lab Website: CHOICE Lab ​​

PhD, University of Memphis, 2011
Predoctoral Clinical Internship, Medical University of South Carolina, 2010-2011
BS/BA, Spring Hill College, 2005 

Major Areas of Interest
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Pediatric Psychology/Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine
  • Community-based interventions
  • Technology-supported behavioral health interventions
  • Health disparities
  • Addictive behaviors
  • Brief motivational interventions
  • Behavioral economics
Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography:
List of Work

Representative Sample of Publications
Buscemi, J., Janke, A.E., Kugler, K.C., Duffecy, J., Mielenz, T.J., St. George, S.M., & Sheinfeld Gorin, S.N. (in press). Increasing the public health impact of evidence-based interventions in behavioral medicine: new approaches and future directions. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

McLeod, D. L., Buscemi, J., & Bohnert, A. M. (in press). Becoming American, becoming obese? A systematic review of acculturation and weight among Latino youth. Obesity Reviews.

Buscemi, J., Berlin, KS., Rybak, TM., Schiffer, LA., Kong, A., Stolley, MR., Blumstein, L., Odoms-Young, A., & Fitzgibbon, ML. (2016). Health behavior and weight changes among ethnic and racial minority preschoolers and their parents: Associations across 1 year. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(7), 777-85.

Kong, A., Buscemi, J., Stolley, M., Schiffer, L.A., Kim, Y., Braunschweig, C.L., Gomez, L.L., Blumstein, L.B., Van Horn, L., Dyer, A.R., & Fitzgibbon, M.L. (2015). Hip to Hop to Health Jr. Randomized Effectiveness Trial: 1-Year Follow-up Results. The Journal of Pediatrics, 50(2), 136-44.

Springfield, S., Buscemi, J., Fitzgibbon, M.L., Stolley, M.R., Zenk, S.N., Schiffer, L., Sampson, J., Jones, Q., Murdock, T., Davis, I., Holland, L.,& Watkins, A., Odoms-Young, A., (2015). A randomized pilot study of a community–based weight loss intervention for African American women: Rationale and study design of Doing Me! Sisters Standing Together for a Healthy Mind and Body. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 43, 200-208.

Buscemi, J., Blumstein, L., Kong, A., Stolley, M.R., Schiffer, L., Odoms-Young, A., Bittner, C., & Fitzgibbon, M.L. (2015). Retaining traditionally hard to reach participants: lessons learned from three childhood obesity studies. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 42, 98-104.

Buscemi, J., Odoms-Young, A., Stolley, M.R., Blumstein, L., Schiffer, L., Berbaum, M. L., Montoya, A.M., McCaffrey, J., Braunschweig, C., & Fitzgibbon, M.L. (2014). Adaptation and Dissemination of an Evidence-Based Obesity Prevention Intervention: Design of a Comparative Effectiveness Trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 38(2), 355-360.

Buscemi, J., Murphy, J. G., Berlin, K.S., & Raynor, H.A. (2014). A behavioral economic analysis of changes in food-related and food-free reinforcement during weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(4), 659-69.

Moller, A.C., Buscemi, J., McFadden, H.G., Hedeker, D., & Spring, B. (2014). Financial Motivation Undermines Potential Enjoyment in an Intensive Diet & Activity Intervention. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37(5), 819-827.

Pellegrini, C.A., Duncan, J.M., Moller, A.C., Buscemi, J., Sularz, A., DeMott, A., Pictor, A., Pagato, S., Siddique, J., & Spring, B. (2012). A smart-phone supported weight loss program: design of the ENGAGED randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 12, 1041-1051.

Spring, B., Duncan, J.M., Janke, E.A., Kozak, A.T., McFadden, H.G., DeMott, A, Pictor, A., Epstein, L.H., Siddique, J., Pellegrini, C.A., Buscemi, J., Hedeker, D. (2012). Integrating Technology into Standard Weight Loss Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Archives of Internal Medicine, 10, 1-7.

Martens, M.P., Buscemi, J., Smith, A.E., & Murphy, J.G. (2012). The short-term efficacy of a brief motivational intervention designed to increase physical activity among college students. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9, 525-532.

Buscemi, J., Yurasek, A.M., Dennhardt, A.A., Martens, M.P., & Murphy, J.G. (2012). A Randomized Trial of a Brief Intervention for Obesity in College Students. Clinical Obesity, 1, 131-140.

Coons, M.J., DeMott, A., Buscemi, J., Duncan, J.M., Pellegrini, C.A., Steglitz, J., Pictor, A., & Spring, B. (2012). Technology Interventions to Curb Obesity: A Systematic Review of the Current Literature. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 6, 120-134.

Klesges, L.M., Williams, N.A., Davis, K.S., Buscemi, J., & Kitzmann, K.M. (2012). Extent of pragmatic results reported in behavioral treatment of childhood obesity research studies: a systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42(2), 185-192.

Buscemi, J., Martens, M.P., Murphy, J.G., Yurasek, A.M., & Smith, A.E. (2011). Moderators of the relationship between physical activity and alcohol consumption in college students. Journal of American College Health, 59, 503-509.

Buscemi, J., Beech, B.M., & Relyea, G. (2011). Predictors of Obesity in Latino Children: Acculturation as a Moderator of the Relationship between Food Insecurity and Body Mass Index Percentile. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13(1), 149-153.

Klosky, J. L., Tyc, V. L, Lensing, S., Hum, A., Buscemi, J., Garces-Webb, D. M., & Hudson,M. M. (2010). Establishing the predictive validity of tobacco intentions to tobacco use among preadolescents and adolescents surviving childhood cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 28(3), 431-436.

Kitzmann, K., Dalton, W., Stanley, C., Reeves, T., Beech, B., Buscemi, J., Egli, C., Gamble, H., & Midgett, E. (2010). Lifestyle interventions for youth who are overweight: A meta-analytic review. Health Psychology, 29 (1), 91-101.

Klosky, J.L, Tyc, V.L., Lawford, J., Ashford, J., Lensing, S., & Buscemi, J. (2009). Predictors of non-participation in a randomized intervention trial to reduce environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure in pediatric cancer patients. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 52, 644- 9.

Klosky, J., Cash, D., Buscemi, J., Lensing, S., Garces-Webb, D., Zhao, W., Wiard, S., & Hudson, H. (2008). Factors influencing long-term follow-up clinic attendance among survivors of childhood cancer. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2, 225-32.

Kitzmann, K., Dalton, W., & Buscemi, J. (2008). Beyond parenting practices: family context and the treatment of pediatric obesity. Family Relations, 57, 13-23.

Klosky, J., Garces-Webb, D., Buscemi, J., Schum, L., Tyc, V., & Merchant, T. (2007). Examination of an intervention in improving parent and child distress outcomes associated with pediatric radiation therapy procedures. Children’s Heath Care, 36, 323-334.

Klosky, J., Tyc, V., Garces-Webb, D., Buscemi, J., Klesges, R., & Hudson, M. (2007). Emerging issues in smoking among adolescent and adult cancer survivors: a comprehensive review. Cancer, 110, 2408-2419. ​