Eastern Michigan University

Yvette Colón

Assistant Professor, MSW Program Director, Honors Advisor

Yvette Colón 206G Marshall




2007   Ph.D., Clinical Social Work / New York University
1996   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.

Association of Oncology Social Work
2007-present   Coordinator, Pain, Palliative Care & End of Life Special Interest Group

Center for Clinical Social Work
2010-present   President, Board of Directors

Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
2008-present   Editorial Board Member

MetaCancer Foundation
2011-present   Psychosocial Specialist/Professional Advisory Committee Member

Pain Community       
2012-present   Member, Steering Committee

Women with Pain Coalition
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


2000-present International Society for Mental Health Online
1990-present present Association of Oncology/Social Work
1988-present National Association of Social Workers



2007 Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice
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: Social Work Practice Issues with Women and Girls
SWRK 462: Practice Issues with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

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.

Kennedy, V., Smolinski, K.M., & Colón, Y. (2010). Training professional social workers in psycho-oncology. In J.C. Holland, W.S. Breitbart, P.B. Jacobsen, M.L. Lederberg, M.J. Loscalzo, & R. McCorkle (Eds.), Psycho-oncology, 2nd Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Colón, Y. (2010) Personal perspective: Antonia’s story. In K.J. Doka & A. Tucci, (Eds.),  Living With Grief: Cancer and End-of-Life Care. Washington, DC: Hospice Foundation of America. (http://www.hospicefoundation.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=171354)

Colón, Y., & Otis-Green, S. (2008). Roles of social workers in interdisciplinary pain management. Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy. 22(4), 303-305.

Colón, Y. (2007). Ethnic diversity and cultural competency in cancer care. Oncology Issues, September/October, 28-31.

Altilio, T., & Colón, Y. (2007). Cultural perspectives in pain management: Implications for social worker and other psychosocial professionals. Pain Practitioner, 17(2), 25-29.

Smolinski, K.M., & Colón, Y. (2006). Silent voices and invisible walls: Exploring end of life care with lesbians and gay men. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 24(1), 51-64.

Colón, Y., Cowley, T., & Veasley, C. (2006). Painful conditions. In P. Greenburger & J. Wider (Eds.), The savvy woman patient: How and why sex differences affect your health. Sterling, VA: Capital Books, Inc.

Additional Information

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