Yvette Colón

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Associate Professor, Department Member Women's & Gender Studies, Faculty Affiliate for the Aging Studies Program

Social Work

206G Marshall


[email protected]


  • Graduate Certificate, Women's and Gender Studies, Eastern Michigan University, 2015
  • Ph.D., Clinical Social Work, New York University, 2007
  • Graduate Certificate, Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice, New York University, 1996
  • MSW, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA, 1990
  • BA, Psychology, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA, 1988


  • Colón, Y. & Wladkowki, S. (2019).  End-of-life-care.  In S. Gehlert & T. Arthur (Eds.).  Handbook of Health Social Work 3rd Ed.
    Colón, Y. (2019).  Cultural aspects of care.  In T. Altillo, M. L. Leimena, & B. Sumser (Eds.). Palliative social work: A practical guide for primary health social workers. New York: NY: Oxford University Press.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • SWRK 200 Human Diversity and Social Justice
  • SWRK 315 Theoretical Bases for Social Work Practice
  • SWRK 408 Generalist Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
  • SWRK 450/525 Social Work Practice with Women and Girls
  • SWRK-WGST 462/562 Practice Issues with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons
  • SWRK 506 Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Individuals and Families
  • SWRK 515 Generalist Social Work Practice with Families
  • SWRK 553 Ethnicity and Gender Issues Among the Aged
  • SWRK 626 Social Work Practice in Integrative Health Care
  • SWRK 643 Families in the Social Environment


  • Experience in provision of bilingual social work services in a variety of nonprofit settings.
  • Health Disparities, Education, Awareness, Research & Training Consortium
    2017-present  Member, Health Equity Scholars & Alumni Network
  • 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
  • Pain Community
    2018-present  Volunteer, Director of Education & Research
  • Pain Community
    2012-present  Member, Board of Directors
  • Smith College Studies in Social Work
    2017-present  Editorial Board Member
  • VocaliD
    2016-present  Human Voice Donor

Areas of Interest/Practice Experience

  • Services to families and children
  • Services to older adults
  • Pain management
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Psychosocial oncology
  • End-of-life social work practice
  • Diversity and cultural humility
  • 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


  • 2018-present  Association of Latina and Latino Educators
  • 1990-present  Association of Oncology/Social Work
  • 1988-present  National Association of Social Workers


  • 2018 Eastern Michigan University LGBT Resource Center LGBT Role Model & Mentor
  • 2017 American Cancer Society Quality of Life in Cancer Care Award
  • 2009 Leadership in Oncology Social Work Award, Association of Oncology Social Work
  • 2007 Distinguished Practitioner & Fellow, National Academies of Practice in Social Work