Graduate Students

Graduate students at the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care assist with project coordination, research, evaluation and the provision of training.

Student Interns at ITTIC

Sahar Fathi.

Sahar Fathi

Sahar is a full-time MSW student at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and is currently completing her advanced year field placement with ITTIC. She holds a BA in psychology from the University at Buffalo. Sahar's experience ranges from working with community mental health agencies providing services to individuals suffering from substance use disorders to academic research in the University at Buffalo's psychology and social work departments. Sahar's research interests include the cumulative and generational effects of trauma, trauma-informed frameworks and refugee and immigrant populations.

Brittany Raczkiewicz.

Brittany Raczkiewicz

Brittany is a full-time MSW student at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and is currently completing her advanced year field placement with ITTIC. Brittany holds a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester where she acted as Lead Research Assistant (RA) for Judith Smetana’s Developmental Psychology Lab and as a RA with the Risk Behavior Development Lab through Mt. Hope Family Center. Brittany has developed and directed multiple programs for the Rochester City School District including: alternative before- and after-school programming and a pre-college immersion program for high school-age youth. Her professional experience ranges from victim advocacy work in Monroe County to her present role as a Substance Abuse Counselor and soon-to-be CASAC in a supportive living program in Rochester. Brittany's professional interests include: trauma-sensitive organizational change, curriculum development and implementation and examining systemic traumatization within criminal justice settings.

Student Affiliates at ITTIC

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Erin Bascug

Erin is an MSW/PhD student at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and a previous MSW student intern at ITTIC. She holds a BA in psychology from Drew University and an MS in human development and family studies from the University of Delaware. Previously, Erin served as associate director of the Department of Educational Initiatives and Research at the Council on Social Work Education. She also has experience in the fields of sexual assault prevention and response, domestic violence victim advocacy and psychological health outreach for military service members. Erin’s interests include trauma-informed research, adolescent intimate partner violence, sex trafficking and the behavioral health effects of early traumatic experiences. Erin is currently continuing the work she started as an intern, facilitating Seeking Safety/Parenting trauma support groups with pregnant and/or parenting women who are participating in inpatient residential treatment for opioid use disorder.

Josie Diebold

Josie.

Josie is a PhD student at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and a previous intern at ITTIC. She graduated with her master's in social work from the University at Buffalo in May 2018 and she holds a BA in psychology and in religious studies from Canisius College. Her practice experiences have been with a foster/adoptive agency, as well as a mental-health residential facility. Her research interests are systemic racism, white privilege, adverse childhood experiences and a trauma-informed framework. Josie currently coordinates the Trauma Talks podcast series.