Donna Bacon, PhD, LCSW, MEd
Donna T. Bacon is a licensed clinical social worker and Certified Thanatologist who specializes in sexuality-related concerns. She can help individuals, couples, and relationships of all types navigate issues such as desire discrepancies; erectile difficulties; orgasmic dysfunctions; pelvic pain; depression; anxiety; divorce; trauma; and chronic illnesses such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.
Donna has presented for multiple local and national institutions and conferences. She has volunteered for numerous organizations and is a consultant on a diverse range of topics and has worked with diverse populations for over 25 years. She also serves as a Board Trustee for various community agencies.
An expert of distinction.
Donna is a tenured Professor at Nassau Community College in the Health Studies department. In 2015 she was voted Chairperson of the department securing her place as the first female, youngest, and only African American ever to hold the position. Additionally, she was appointed Chief Investigative Officer on the NCC campus by the college President to train and assist in the consistent and proper investigation of incidents of sexual misconduct within the NCC community.
Donna has dedicated her life to the education, empowerment, and health promotion of underserved individuals and communities.
She was vetted and selected to participate in a two-year elite Leadership Academy, The Energeia Partnership, which is dedicated to identifying and addressing the serious, complex, and multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island region.
Donna Bacon has been awarded a Nassau County Citation for her work with women and minorities on Long Island as well as a Healthcare Professional Hero award from Long Island Business News and North Fork Bank. She was also the first recipient of the Columbia University Lorna Horne award and she is the 2021 Columbia University Teachers College Alumni award recipient for her work in reducing health disparities and the advancement of social justice.
A connected and supportive community member.
She is the founding Executive Director of Mid-Nassau Lend a Helping Hand, which is an organization she founded to provide emergency financial services to women undergoing recent breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation treatment. Donna founded the organization as a direct result of the challenges she experienced dealing with the financial strain a breast cancer diagnosis can bring and its impact on recovery, particularly at 33 years old.
Donna is a volunteer with the speaker’s bureau of the Coalition against Domestic Violence, she serves as a Board member for both the Long Island Association for AIDS Care and Planned Parenthood of Nassau County.
She is a consultant to community organizations on a diverse range of topics including HIV/AIDS, cancer prevention, parenting skills, and various health issues.
A true scholar and practitioner.
She earned both a Doctoral degree in Human Behavior Studies and a Master of Science in Health Education degree from Columbia University. She also earned a Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University. Her doctoral dissertation, earned while undergoing chemotherapy, has been the springboard for similar website innovations among the Research Group on Disparities in Health at Columbia University and has successfully launched numerous research studies that complement the national health disparities mission.
Donna is a full-time Professor at Nassau Community College
As a full-time Professor at Nassau Community College in the health education department, Donna teaches courses on Women’s Health, Human Sexuality as well as a class entitled Issues in Death and Dying. At NCC, she is the campus’ Sexual Health Education and Outreach Coordinator. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at NCC, she teaches various Psychology and Human behavior classes at many other colleges throughout New York including SUNY Old Westbury College, Adelphi University, Alfred University, St. Francis College, and LIU Post.
Pronouns and titles.
She/Her/Hers, Ms., Dr. (Note: many people are confused by the “Dr.” designation. Although Donna Bacon does have a PhD, she does not have an MD/DO and is not a medical doctor. She often uses “Dr. Bacon” as a way of being addressed; using “Donna” or “Ms. Bacon” is also just fine).
I just have to tell you how excited I am that my body is working! I never thought I’d be able to have this success. Thank you!!~ BT