2015 Graduate Certificate: Women's & Gender Studies / Eastern Michigan University
2007 Ph.D., Clinical Social Work / New York University
1996 Graduate Certificate: Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice / New York University
1990 M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work / Northampton, MA
1988 B.A., Psychology, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts / North Adams, MA
Experience in provision of bilingual social work services in a variety of nonprofit settings.
Center for Clinical Social Work
2010-present President, Board of Directors
Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
2008-present Editorial Board Member
Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care
2014-present Editorial Board Member
2011-present Psychosocial Specialist / Member, Board of Directors
National Association of Social Workers
2015-present Appointed Member, National Committee on Racial & Ethnic Diversity
National Cancer Institute
2015-present Research Advocate, Office of Advocacy Relations
2012-present Member, Board of Directors
Areas of Interest/Practice Experience:
Services to families and children
End-of-life social work practice
LGBT affirmative practice
Technology-based social work services
2007-present Licensed Master’s Social Worker – Clinical & Macro, Michigan
2001-present Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
1994-present Academy of Certified Social Workers, National Association of Social Workers
1990-present present Association of Oncology/Social Work
1988-present National Association of Social Workers
2007 Distinguished Practitioner & Fellow, National Academies of Practice in Social Work
2007 Leadership in Oncology Social Work Award, Association of Oncology Social Work
SWRK 200: Human Diversity & Social Justice
SWRK 315: Theoretical Bases for Social Work Practice
SWRK 317: Interpersonal Foundations of Social Work Practice
SWRK 408: Generalist Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SWRK 450/525: Social Work Practice Issues with Women and Girls
SWRK 462/562: Practice Issues with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons
SWRK 553: Ethnicity and Gender Issues Among the Aged
SWRK 591: Social Work Practice in Integrative Health Care
SWRK 643: Families in the Social Environment
Kennedy, V., Smolinski, K.M., Colón, Y., & Zabora, J. (2015). Educating and training professional social workers in psycho-oncology. In J.C. Holland, W.S. Breitbart, P.N. Butow, P.B. Jacobson, M.J. Loscalzo, & R. McCorkle (Eds.), Psycho-oncology, 3rd Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.
Colón, Y. (2015). Working with sociocultural and economic diversity. In G. Christ, C. Messner, & L. Behar (Eds.), Handbook of Oncology Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.
Colón, Y. (2014). Aging: The lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender experience. In E. Krajewksi-Jaime (Ed.), Aging: Ethnicity and Gender Issues. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing.
Colón, Y., & Avent, M.S. (2014). Medical hypnotherapy for pain management. Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, 28(2), 174-176.
Colón, Y. (2013). Searching for pain information, education, and support on the Internet. Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, 27(1), 1536-0539.
Colón, Y. (2011). End of life care. In S. Gehlert & T. Arthur (Eds.), Handbook of Health Social Work, 2nd Ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Colón, Y., & Stern, S. (2011). Online counseling groups. In Kraus, Stricker & Speyer (Eds.), Online Counseling: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals, 2nd Ed., San Diego: Academic Press/Elsevier.
Smolinski, K.M., & Colón, Y. (2011). Palliative care with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients. In T. Altilio & S. Otis-Green (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.
Colón, Y., & Otis-Green, S. (2008). Roles of social workers in interdisciplinary pain management. Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy. 22(4), 303-305.
Altilio, T., & Colón, Y. (2007). Cultural perspectives in pain management: Implications for social worker and other psychosocial professionals. Pain Practitioner, 17(2), 25-29.