Eastern Michigan University

Yvette Colón

Assistant Professor, MSW Program Director, Honors Advisor

Yvette Colón 206G Marshall




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


Professional Summary

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

MetaCancer Foundation
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

Pain Community       
2012-present   Member, Board of Directors

Areas of Interest/Practice Experience:

Services to families and children
Psychosocial oncology
Pain management
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

Representative Courses Taught

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

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

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.
, & Avnet, 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.


Additional Information

The School of Social Work is part of the College of Health & Human Services, 304 Everett L. Marshall Building, 734.487.0077