Peter Sobota

Peter Sobota

Clinical Assistant Professor

"I want our students to think beyond the typical. I remind them that a real social worker not only provides social services but also works for social change. That’s what gets me excited as a social work educator — teaching students about theory and then showing them how it works in the real world."

Contact Information

666 Baldy Hall
Amherst, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-1251
Fax: 716-645-3456

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666 Baldy Hall, Amherst, NY 14260 (view map)
Phone: 716-645-1251; Fax: 716-645-3456


  • MSW, Master of Social Work, University at Buffalo (1985)
  • BA, Communication, University at Buffalo (1982)

Professional/Research Interests

Interventions; addictions; social work applications in non-traditional settings


Peter Sobota, clinical assistant professor, has been professionally and personally dedicated to the Buffalo and Western New York communities for more than 30 years, earning his MSW from the UB School of Social Work in 1985 and joining the School’s faculty in 1996 after a decade of clinical and administrative experience in the region. He is also currently a trainer and consultant in applying the motivational interviewing approach to practice for Western and Central New York child welfare departments. Sobota continues his affiliation with UB’s Civic Engagement Undergraduate Learning Academy, where he served as founding academic director from 2006-2010.

With interests encompassing both the academic and clinical fields, Sobota’s professional endeavors and teaching focus on public education policy and academic achievement; social work leadership and practice in non-traditional settings; community practice and civic engagement; and addictions and clinical social work practice. He also enjoys exploring the processes by which people change problematic behavior without professional help (“self-changers”), as well as motivational interviewing approaches to behavior change and decision-making, including: applications to healthcare settings, mental health and substance abuse, intimate partner violence and child welfare practice.

Sobota earned a BA in Communication from the University at Buffalo in 1982. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is, by most accounts, an excellent dancer.