Dr. David Skiba
- Office Location:
- O'Shea Hall, LL B-09
Dr. Skiba came to Niagara University in 2006, having taught on faculty at the University of Maryland for five years. Originally appointed coordinator of field practicum for Niagara's social work program, he later transitioned into a full-time faculty position, instructing classes in human behavior, field seminar, human sexuality, intro to social work methods and aging. Qualifications include: associate and bachelor's degrees in criminal justice from Niagara County Community College and Buffalo State College, respectively. His M.S.W. and Ph.D. are from the University of Buffalo.
Research background includes his doctorial thesis, which examined adolescent sexual risk-taking and its association with alcohol use among teenagers and their mothers. During this time, he also has worked in numerous roles on a federally funded NIAAA grant for six years at the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA/UB) in downtown Buffalo.
Most notably, Dr. Skiba brings a wealth of clinical experience to his position here at Niagara, with more than 20 years of practice. He has worked as a psychiatric social worker for Niagara County; as a therapist for the Martha H. Beeman Clinic, and later as assistant director of its foundation; a group therapist for alcoholic men at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center; and as a consultant to the Niagara County Family Court system conducting court-ordered evaluations. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Niagara County Mental Health Association, a subcommittee of Family and Children Services Inc., and has a small private practice.
Dr. Skiba is certified as a registered social worker (CSW-R) in New York State and Maryland. Professional associations include: the National Association of Social workers (NASW); the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT); and is a contributing member of the Academic Advisory Board: Annual Editions-Human Sexualities. He maintains his professional status by regularly attending clinical trainings or seminars dealing with aspects of sexuality and/or various mental health conditions and treatments.
For the foreseeable future, Dr. Skiba is interested in uncovering how emotional intelligence could be adapted as a teaching aid to social work students. As an area of expertise, Dr. Skiba has focused much of his academic and clinical work on the dynamics of human sexuality. That research has focused on the extent of sexuality content within social work curricula, from which he has presented findings at regional, national and international sexuality conferences. Best known as a “creative genius,” Dr. Skiba is among a growing number of sexologists advocating for a more rational and open discourse on human sexuality as an intrinsic part of health and overall well-being.