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 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

Erin Gurnett

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Erin is a recent graduate of the MSW program at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and a project manager, trainer and consultant at ITTIC. She also holds a BS in community and human services from Empire State College. Erin has focused her work in the field with the intellectually and developmentally disabled (I/DD) population. Over the past 15 years she has served in various roles from direct support to administration, and has assisted to develop services to enhance the wellbeing and advocacy of the I/DD population. Erin’s interests include trauma-informed care, organizational change, specifically within providers serving the intellectually and developmentally disabled population, inclusion and rights advocacy as well as clinical trauma counseling also for the I/DD population.

Samantha Koury

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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 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. 

Graduate/Research Assistant

Temitope ("Temi") Oke

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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.

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