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Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, LCSW, MBE

Assistant Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of DSW Program

Doctor of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania Master of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania Master of Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania

Bio: 

Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt is an administrator, clinician, and author nearly 15 years' worth of experience in the field of death, dying and bereavement. She received her Doctorate of Social Work, Master of Social Work, and Master of Bioethics degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. She is also a current faculty fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. A notable figure in thanatology, Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt is the author of the only self-help book available for bereaved teen siblings, entitled "Grieving for the Sibling You Lost" (New Harbinger Publications, 2015). She is a special editor for aging at the journal, Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, and a  peer-reviewer for several academic publications. Her commercial blogs can be found on websites including The Mighty, Huffington Post, and Scary Mommy, among many others. A nationally-recognized speaker, Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt  has been commissioned to train healthcare providers, social workers, death educators, and ethicists. At the center of her public advocacy and social justice endeavors, Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt is  a passionate advocate for women's reproductive rights and has been featured in media campaigns by Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania as well as repeatedly welcomed at press conferences alongside Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. In her clinical practice, Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt is one of the few specialists in the United States working with women and families who have experienced the heartbreaking choice of ending a pregnancy due to fetal anomaly. Her published "ACCEPT" model is the only intervention available for social work and mental health clinicians to combine modern grief theory, narrative, and cognitive approaches to create a manualized treatment protocol for this unique group. She works with women across the spectrum of perinatal/baby loss, and also specializes in infertility. Additionally, she is passionate about working with and creating safe spaces for adolescents struggling with identity development, grief, and questions of sexual orientation. 

Over the course of her career, Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt has worked in settings as diverse as the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Department of Child Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, the Department of Psychiatry at Washington Hospital Center, and the Department of Oncology at Children's National Medical Center. She has served as an intern at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the division of Fetal Surgery/NICU and at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the Trauma service. In addition to working at Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey, she is an adjunct faculty member and dissertation chair at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, she was the department chair of psychology for seven years at Bryn Athyn College.

Selected Recent Publications: 

Book
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2015). Grieving for the sibling you lost: The teen’s guide to coping with grief and finding meaning after loss. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications. Please see: https://www.newharbinger.com/author/erica-goldblatt-hyatt

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Younes, M., Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D., Witt, H., & Franklin, C. (in press). A call to action: Addressing ambivalence and promoting advocacy for reproductive rights in social work education

LaSala, M.C., & Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2019). A bioethics approach to social work practice with transgender clients. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. Advance Online Publication, pp. 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/10538720.2019.1653804

Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2019). Then and now: Reflections on death at life’s beginning. Journal of Social Work in End of Life and Palliative Care. Retrievable from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15524256.2019.1577327

Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2019). Nearly six years. Ars Medica, 14(1), 13-16. Retrievable from http://ars-medica.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/717

Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2019). Disparities in access to hospice for medially-underserved minority groups: A summary of barriers and implications for clinical social work. Revista de Assistenta Sociala (Social Work Review), 1, 1-18.

Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2019). Falsely-accused clergy in therapy: A case study. Journal of Social Work and Christianity, 46(4), 87-103.

Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2019). Counseling women who have terminated a pregnancy due to fetal anomaly: The ACCEPT Model. Clinical Social Work. Advance Online Publication. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-019-00732-0

Book Chapters and Readings
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2019). The devil you know: Emerging homosexual identity as traumatic loss in a conservative religious community. In M. Conti, J. Floersch, J. Longhoffer, & M. Jaffe (Eds.), Social work and LGBTQ spiritual trauma. New York, NY: Routledge.

Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2019). The outsider-insider perspective in life and grief. In B. Counselman Carpenter & A. Redcay (Eds.), Working with grief and traumatic loss: Theory, practice, personal self-care and reflection for clinicians. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Witt, H., Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D., Franklin, C., & Younes, M. (2019). Self-determination and abortion access: A pro-choice perspective on the international social work code of ethics. In S.M. Marson & R,E, McKinney, Jr. (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of social work ethics and values. New York, NY: Routledge.

Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2019). Shifting identities, shifting meanings: Adolescent siblings and grief. In M. Diaz and B. Shepherd (Eds.), Narrating practice with children and adolescents. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Social Media: 

https://twitter.com/Erica_DSW

In the News: 

General’s briefing: Coping with mental health during COVID. With Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, June 18, 2020. Retrievable from https://www.instagram.com/p/CBTsZhRDC6D/

Managing COVID-19 during conception, pregnancy, and after birth. Rutgers Today. Retrievable from https://www.rutgers.edu/news/managing-covid-19-during-conception-pregnancy-and-after-birth

Questioning your narrative. The Lost Traveler Podcast, May 7, 2020. Retrievable from https://www.henryallen.org/podcast/episode/1b59a369/on-questioning-your-own-narrative

Interview with Deutsche Welle (DW) News Corporation (Germany). June 1st, 2019.

Governor Tom Wolf hosts rally in Ambler to protest anti-choice legislation. Montgomery County News, May 31st, 2019. Retrievable from http://www.montgomerynews.com/amblergazette/gov-tom-wolf-hosts-rally-to-protest-anti-choice-legislation/article_02c6324a-83e2-11e9-9009-7faa63757567.html

Women have abortions for many reasons aside from rape and incest. Here are some of them. CNN.com, May 22nd, 2019. Retrievable from https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/21/health/women-reasons-abortion-trnd/index.html

Today’s quote: “Our son never formed an airway”. KTBS Headlines, May 22nd, 2019. Retrievable from https://www.ktbs.com/weather/headlines/things-to-know-for-may-washington-brexit-tornadoes-dallas-slayings/article_699e22b7-e9f7-591d-8ac5-6fb65218e0b3.html

After Alabama gov signs ban, women are sharing their abortion stories with #youknowme. Independent Journal Review, May 16th, 2019. Retrievable from https://ijr.com/alabama-gov-ban-women-sharing-abortion-stories/

Near death experiences, death anxiety, and thanatology: Spiritable 21. Spiritable Podcast, May 15th, 2019. Retrievable from https://youtu.be/9Cb49_5JMjg or http://bit.ly/Spiritable

Research on final words. Dr. Oz, April 12, 2019. Retrievable from https://www.doctoroz.com/episode/last-words-what-do-peoples-final-words-mean?video_id=6025348235001

Whose womb is this anyway? February 6th, 2019. Retrievable from https://www.thecut.com/2019/02/trump-abortion-state-of-the-union.html

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