Curriculum Vitae & Publications


Since beginning my doctoral degree program at The Wright Institiute, Berkeley, I’ve worked in a variety of treatment, research, and academic settings. I currently maintain a private practice in San Francisco and serve as Consultant Psychologist for the Curriculum Committee at Simple Practice Learning.

From 2002-2010 I worked at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute with the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group investigating the role of mindfulness stress reduction in relapse prevention. In 2008 I began working with the Addiction & Pharmacology Research Laboratory on clinical trials of potential psychotherapeutic interventions and pharmacotherapies for methamphetamine and cocaine dependence; during this time I also worked as Training Director for New Leaf Treatment Center, Lafayette CA.

As a Consultant Psychologist with the Alcohol Research Group of the Public Health Institute I have worked on a number of federally funded research projects providing training and supervision in Motivational Interviewing to Research Therapists. Research projects have included examining the efficacy of Intensive Motivational Interviewing for women with alcohol-related problems and the application of a hybrid Motivational Interviewing - Intensive Case Management intervention to reduce HIV risk among men with a history of incarceration living in sober housing environments.

I have  developed and taught courses in Law and Professional Ethics, Addictions Counseling, Sexual Development and Health, Professional Development, and Gender and Sexuality. I have worked as Adjunct Faculty with the MA Porgram in Couseling Psychology at The Wright Institute and at California Institute of Integral Studies.


Buscemi, R. (2015).

Hide and Seek: The Life of a Secret

Jung Journal, 9(4)82-85.

Buscemi, R. (2020).

Sometimes I just Sit and Cry

Jung Journal, 14(3)78-80.

Polcin, D.L., Buscemi, R., Nayak, M.,Korcha, R. & Galloway, G. (2012).

Gender Differences in Psychiatric Symptoms among Methamphetamine Dependent Residents in Sober Living Houses. 

Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment, 11(2):53-63.

Galloway GP, Buscemi R.,Coyle JR, Flower K, Siegrist JD, Fiske LA, Baggott MJ, Li L, Polcin D, Chen CY, Mendelson J.(2011)

A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of sustained-release dextroamphetamine for treatment of methamphetamine addiction

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 89(2):276-82.

Galloway, GP, Singleton EG, Buscemi R, Baggott MJ, Dickerhoof RM, Mendelson JE. (2010)

An examination of drug craving over time in abstinent methamphetamine users.

The American Journal on Addictions 19(6):510–51.

Vieten C, Astin JA, Buscemi R, Galloway GP (2010).

Development of an acceptance-based coping intervention for alcohol dependence relapse prevention. 

Substance Abuse 31(2):108-116.  

Astin JA,Stone J, Abrams DI, Moore DH, Couey P, Buscemi R, Targ E. (2006). 

The efficacy of distant healing for human immunodeficiency virus--results of a randomized trial. 

Altern Ther Health Med. 12(6):36-41.

Buscemi, R. (2005)

Illusions of love: intimate partner abuse between men.

Unpublished doctoral dissertation. The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA.