Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NSATTC-New York State Office, University at Buffalo?

The University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York, is an academic partner in the Northeastern States Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NSATTC) which serves New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  The coordinating organization for the NSATTC region is the Professional Development Program, Rockefeller College, University at Albany. 

The NSATTC New York State Office is administered by the School of Social Work, University at Buffalo, working closely with the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA).  There are 13 regional ATTCs and a National ATTC Office providing an integrated network for sharing information with addiction treatment academics, professional practitioners and customers.  The ATTCs are funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA.

What is technology transfer?

Technology transfer is dissemination of research findings and best practice examples.  It should achieve more than a simple transfer of knowledge to professional practitioners:  it should improve practice, modify organizational behavior and influence policy.

What is the vision of the ATTCs?

The vision of the ATTC network is to unify research, education and practice to transform lives.

What is the mission of the ATTCs?

  • To increase the knowledge and skills of addiction treatment practitioners from multiple disciplines by facilitating access to state-of-the-art research, education, and best practices.  
  • To heighten the awareness, knowledge and skills of all professionals who have the opportunity to intervene in the lives of people with substance use disorders.  
  • To foster regional and national alliances among practitioners, policy makers, funders, and consumers to support and implement best treatment practices.

What information can an addiction treatment professional obtain from an ATTC?

  • Credential, education and training information and calendars of events 
  • Fact sheets, info faxes and ideas for treatment improvement 
  • National addiction news, summaries of research articles and funding resources 
  • Links to relevant information sites, bulletin boards and listservs

How can I get in touch with the New York State Office at UB?

Nancy Smyth, PhD, CSW, CASAC, Director
Charles Syms, CSW/ACSW, Clinical Assistant Professor
Brenda Wright, EdM, MA, Associate Director
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University at Buffalo
School of Social Work
667 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1050
Phone: 716-645-3381

Please contact Brenda Wright for information at 716-829-5865.