Department Chair

  • Carla Sofka Ph.D.
    rofessor of Social Work
    Rosetti Hall 309
    (518) 786-5046

Robert Rivas

Robert Rivas, MSW

Professor of Social Work, retired


Siena College

515 Loudon Rd
Loudonville, NY 12211


Bob was a faculty member from 1981 to 2012. His distinquished career included practice experience with children and families in child protective services and residential treatment. He has published extensively, including two texts used by programs across the country: Introduction to Group Work Practice and Case Studies in Generalist Practice.




Post Masters Certification (Social Work Education) – Tulane University
M.S.W. (Concentration in direct practice with individuals, families and groups) – Arizona State University, 1972.
B.A. (Business Administration) – New Mexico Highlands University, 1968.
A.A.S. (Business Technology) – College of Staten Island, 1965.




Siena College Social Work Department/Program

State University of New York at Albany
School of Social Work (1975-1981) Field Coordinator and Director of Undergraduate Program

Southern Vermont College
Social Work Program

Minot State University
North Dakota, Visiting Professor

Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribal College
Visiting Professor