NSATTC Project

In Academic Partnership with The University at Buffalo: 1999 - 2001

The University at Buffalo School of Social Work served as an academic satellite office for the Regional NSATTC Office located at the University at Albany.

ATTC consists of 13 regional offices and a National ATTC office providing an integrated network for sharing information with addiction treatment professionals and consumers. Technology transfer or the transfer of knowledge is made possible through the dissemination of research findings and best practice examples. NSATTC’s goal is to improve practice, modify organizational behavior and influence policy. 

History of UB Participation and Projects

The Research & Practice Dialogue Series

This series facilitated a translation of research results into a summary that incorporates suggestions and strategies offered by practitioner focus groups held at UB.


A CD-ROM that provides a basic introduction to Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) assessment and feedback.

Exhibit booths and other dissemination activities

Booths to promote and disseminate research findings and best practices were set up at the:

  • Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ECPASA) conference (June 2001).
  • Association for Addiction Professionals of New York (AAPNY) conference (May 2001).
  • Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT) workshop by the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA)/Institute for Addictions Studies and Training (IAST) (December 2000).
  • ASAP annual meeting in Lake George (November 2000).
  • IAST Summer Institute from July 16 through July 20, 2001.
  • Heidelberg Poster Session on June 30, 2001.
  • Listserv-professional dissemination of current practice and research information.


  • Advancing Addiction Prevention and Treatment: A Dialogue Between Payers, Providers and Policy Makers – Butler Mansion.
  • Research Literacy – A series of two hour workshops presented by Nancy J. Smyth at various locations.
  • Engagement and Retention in Addiction Treatment: Integration of Research into Practice – UB Center for Tomorrow.


  • Practice Research Collaborative (PRN) meetings: Western Region Finger Lakes Region, Central Region -- ATTC-UB played a key role in development of this professional organization.
  • PRN Subcommittee: Through Nancy Smyth’s efforts a pilot grant was secured for trauma assessment.
  • Practice-Research Collaborative Statewide Advisory Board quarterly meetings.
  • Erie County Community Services Board Alcohol and Substance Abuse Subcommittee.
  • Quarterly board meetings of the Institute for Professional Development in the Addictions, a new statewide organization.

The project was made possible by the Northeastern States Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NSATTC), partnered with the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, 685 Baldy Hall, Buffalo, N.Y., 14260, with consultation from the Research Institute on Addictions, Buffalo, N.Y. Additional copies can be requested from the NSATTC satellite office at UB. In part, the mission of the NSATTC is to increase the knowledge and skills of addiction treatment practitioners from multiple disciplines by facilitating access to state-of-the-art research, education and model practices.

University at Albany
Gail Viamonte, EdD, Project Manager

University at Buffalo
Nancy J. Smyth, PhD, Director
Charles Syms, CSW, ACSW, Acting Director
Nancy Mandell, PhD, Associate Director succeeded by Brenda J. Wright, EdM, MA Associate Director

Contact Brenda Wright at 716-829-5865 for information.