Thomas Nochajski.

Thomas Nochajski

Research Professor and Co-director of Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care

"My primary work has been concentrated in the addictions area. The focus in my research has always been to help make things better through application. From my research with DWI offenders, I developed a screening instrument for DWI offenders that is currently being used in several states and Canadian provinces."

Contact Information

577 Baldy Hall
Amherst, NY 14260
231 Parker Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-645-1245
Fax: 716-645-3456

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Contact Information

577 Baldy Hall, Amherst, NY 14260 (view North Campus map)
231 Parker Hall, Buffalo, NY 14214 (view South Campus map)
Phone: 716-645-1245; Fax: 716-645-3456


  • PhD, Social Psychology, University at Buffalo (1990)
  • BA, Psychology, University at Buffalo (1982)

Professional/Research Interests

Prevention for alcohol and other drug problems with children, adolescents, adults, veterans, and families; screening, assessment, and treatment of veterans, and the Criminal Justice population; program and practice evaluation; research methodology.


Thomas Nochajski is a research professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, an associate research scientist at RIA, as well as an associate research scientist at the Center for Health and Social Research. He has over 30 years of experience doing research and has been PI or Co-Pi on several NIH and foundation funded grants. His work focuses on all aspects of prevention of alcohol and drug problems (primary, secondary and tertiary), which includes how mental health and other behavioral risk factors influence treatment and prevention outcomes. Nochajski also has experience with instrument development around screening and assessment issues for various groups. He has also engaged in numerous evaluations of existing programs, including drug courts, mental health programs, drinking driver programs, substance use treatment and other types of programs for criminal justice groups. His most recent work focuses on trauma and trauma-informed care. 

Thomas Nochajski, PhD '90, BA '82 - Received the Richard T. Sarkin Award for Excellence in Teaching (2016) [1:47 mins]

Tom Nochajski speaking