Our Directors and Affiliates

Co-directors Tom Nochajski and Sue Green in Parker Hall, South Campus

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

Susan A. Green, LCSW, is currently a clinical associate 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 H. Nochajski

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.

Project Manager/Trainer/Consultant/Coach

Chelsie Ciminelli

Chelsie Ciminelli is a master’s level social worker; she is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and a Project Manager at the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC). Chelsie is trained in Narrative Exposure Therapy and continues to provide trauma therapy to various populations. She also has experience working in child welfare and is passionate about working with staff members in this setting to become more trauma-informed in their work.

Samantha Koury

Samantha is currently the 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 children in Head Start and elementary school settings and working with staff at different agencies to become more trauma-informed in their work. Samantha is passionate about solution-focused practice, increasing awareness of trauma and re-traumatization and helping organizations become more trauma-informed. 

Evaluator/PhD Candidate

Travis Hales

Travis is a PhD Candidate within the University at Buffalo's School of Social Welfare. His research focuses on mitigating the dehumanizing effects of bureaucracy on social service staff and clients. Travis' work focuses on trauma-informed care (TIC) as a solution to the aged-old problem of hierarchy, and TIC's unique ability to provide a pathway for organizational change. Recent research focuses on exploring the dimensionality of Harris and Fallot's (2001) model of TIC, as well as explorations of the effects of implementing trauma-informed approaches on staff and client outcomes. Travis' role within ITTIC is to serve as its Research Assistant.  

ITTIC Partners and Affiliates