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
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
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