Our Directors and Affiliates

Tom Nochajski and Sue Green.

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

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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 H. Nochajski

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Thomas Nochajski is a retired research professor from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. 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.

Lisa Cox

Lisa Cox.

Lisa is currently the Associate Director at ITTIC, and an adjunct in the School of Social Work at UB. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She has over twenty years experience providing leadership and clinical services through her work in non-profit agencies in WNY and Baltimore, MD. Lisa is committed to ensuring all students have the opportunity to develop strong, positive associations with their school, teachers, and staff. 

Project Manager/Trainers

Samantha Koury

Samantha Koury.

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.

Whitney Marris

Whitney Marris.

Whitney is currently a project manager and trainer at ITTIC. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work online program. Whitney's experience ranges from providing direct services to trauma survivors in various community-based settings to organizing and mobilizing though advocacy centered on building trauma-informed, human rights-affirming systems to engender a more just world. Her professional interests include restorative justice, trauma-informed organizational and systems change, and advancing equity in public policy.

Megan Koury

Megan Koury.

Megan is currently an assistant project manager at ITTIC, after working with ITTIC as a consultant for two years while earning her master’s degree. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning, specializing in community and neighborhood planning. Megan has experience working with stakeholders, creating strategic plans and with DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) work. Her professional interests include social and racial justice, community engagement and promoting a trauma-informed city here in Buffalo, New York.

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