Cindy Burzinski, MS, is an Assistant Researcher in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Master’s degree in Counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently working toward her licensure as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. She has experience in the delivery of evidence-based interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Meditation based interventions for substance use disorders. She also is knowledgeable about the community-based 12-step model approach to addictive disorders. In her clinical work, she has provided care to patients with substance use disorders, who often have co-occurring mental health conditions.
During the past seven years, Burzinski has been involved in various aspects of research related to mental health and substance use disorders. Since 2012, she has worked as an Assistant Researcher in the UW Department of Family Medicine as a part of the research team evaluating mindfulness based interventions for improving outcomes among adults with addictive disorders and opioid treated chronic pain. Her interests include mind-body health, improving care for and outcomes in substance use disorders and mental health conditions, and the process of change and personal growth.