Sophia Overton, MSEd, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

Sophia Overton.

School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
226 Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-8013



Sophia Overton, MS Ed, RN, has held various nursing roles since 1992, during which time she discovered a passion for educating underserved populations in health care maintenance and advocacy.

Recognizing the impact diabetes has on the African American population, Sophia Overton joined Catholic Health System as a patient educator with a focus on diabetes. She then transitioned to a clinical nurse educator with Catholic Medical Partners, where she identified health trends, disparities and gaps in care and uses this information to educate medical providers to reduce or fill in the gaps to the population they serve.  

Previously, she held positions as a hospice nurse, long-term care school nurse, an RN case manager, a correctional staff nurse, a quality support nurse investigator, a behavior health nurse and an adjunct clinical instructor at UB School of Nursing and Niagara County Community College.

Sophia Overton received an associate degree in applied science in nursing from Niagara County Community College and a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in nursing education from Daemen College. She’s also a member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, an international, nonprofit, professional service organization for registered professional nurses. She is also a recipient of the 2021 University at Buffalo School of Nursing’s Patricia H. Garman Award for Excellence and Service in Nursing for her role in the creation and launch of the school’s mentorship program for students of color.

Sophia Overton’s interests are diabetes, diabetes education and the impact in the African American and Hispanic communities. Additionally, she is interested in mental health, the stigma of a diagnosis of mental illness in the African American community and the relationship between mental health and diabetes.

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