The Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC) is supported and guided by our team of talented directors and affiliates, who possess an array of skills and expertise that translate to informed, cutting edge research rooted in real-world impact and best and current practices.
Susan A. Green, LCSW, is currently a clinical professor at the UB School of Social Work. She is certified as an EMDR therapist and certified in Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Susan teaches or has taught courses in social work interventions with children, adults, families, groups and communities; trauma theory and treatment; risk and resilience; and diversity. She is committed to the integration of theory with practice as she combines full-time teaching and training with clinical practice. Susan has been working with various groups and individuals for more than 20 years as both a special educator and social worker.
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 research experience 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.
Samantha is currently a project manager at ITTIC, as well as a trainer and consultant on various projects. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and has experience working with staff in different agencies, organizations and systems to become more trauma-informed in their work. Samantha is passionate about increasing awareness of trauma and re-traumatization and helping organizations and systems plan for, implement and sustain trauma-informed culture change.
Kristin Rivera is a project manager, trainer and consultant at ITTIC on various projects. She has a background specializing in early childhood development and preschool special education. She has worked for the past 19 years as a special education teacher as well as a school administrator. Prior to working at ITTIC, Kristin was a mentor, trainer and coordinator for solution-focused trauma-informed care initiatives.
Temi is a PhD student at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and ITTIC’s current graduate assistant. He graduated with his master's in social work from the University at Buffalo in May 2018, and holds a BSW from the University of the District of Columbia. Born and raised in Nigeria, Temi has extensive experience working in the HIV/AIDS field, while enhancing the sexual health and rights of LGBTQ individuals. In 2011, he won the Global Fellows Award with the International Youth Foundation in Maryland for his tremendous contributions to reducing the impact of social determinants of HIV among key populations in Nigeria. Temi is an international speaker and has led, presented and facilitated at several national and international symposia. As a budding trauma-informed researcher, he is interested in translational research, program evaluation, health disparities and the wellbeing of sexual minorities and immigrants.