Yvette Colón

A photo of Yvette Colón

Associate Professor

Social Work

206G Marshall




  • 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


Yvette also works in the Women's and Gender Studies Department as well as the School of Social Work.


  • Colón, Y. (in press).  Cultural aspects of care. In T. Altillo, M. L. Leimena, and. Sumser (Eds.). Palliative social work: A practical guide for primary health social workers. New York: NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Colón, Y., and Wladkowski, W. (In press). End-of-life care. In S. Gehlert and T. Arthur (Eds.). Handbook of Health Social Work, 3rd Ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Kennedy, V., Smolinski, K.M., Colón, Y., and 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, and 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, and 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., and 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 and T. Arthur (Eds.), Handbook of Health Social Work, 2nd Ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Colón, Y., and Stern, S. (2011). Online counseling groups. In Kraus, Stricker and Speyer (Eds.), Online Counseling: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals, 2nd Ed., San Diego: Academic Press/Elsevier.


  • 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 592 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, including:

  • Health Disparities, Education, Awareness, Research and Training Consortium, 2017–present, member, Health Equity Scholars and Alumni Network
  • Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, 2008present, editorial board member
  • Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 2014present, editorial board member
  • National Association of Social Workers, 2015present, appointed member, National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity
  • National Cancer Institute, 2015present, research advocate, Office of Advocacy Relations
  • Pain Community, 2012present, member, board of directors
  • VocaliD, 2016present, speech donor
  • 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
  • Psychosocial oncology
  • End-of-life social work practice
  • Diversity
  • LGBT affirmative practice
  • Technology-based social work services


  • 2007–present, Licensed Master’s Social Worker, Clinical and 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


  • 2018 Eastern Michigan University LGBT Resource Center LGBT Role Model and 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 and Fellow, National Academies of Practice in Social Work