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Yvette Colón

Associate Professor, Department Member, Women's & Gender Studies

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.

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

National Cancer Institute
2015-present  Research Advocate, Office of Advocacy Relations

Pain Community       
2012-present   Member, Board of Directors

Smith College Studies in Social Work
2017-present  Editorial Board Member

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
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



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

Representative Courses Taught

SWRK 200: Human Diversity & 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 & 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

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Colón, Y. (in press).  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.

Colón, Y., & Wladkowski, W. (In press).  End-of-life care. In S. Gehlert & T. Arthur (Eds.). Handbook of Health Social Work, 3rd Ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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.


Additional Information

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