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Erica Goldblatt Hyatt

Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, LCSW, MBE

Associate Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of DSW Program; Associate Professor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center

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


Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt (she/they) is an administrator, clinician, and author with over 15 years' worth of experience in the field of death and dying. As of 2020, she has earned a dual appointment between the School of Social Work and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center. They received their 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. 

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). Their commercial blogs can be found on websites including The Mighty, Huffington Post, and Scary Mommy, as well as editorials and articles in the New Jersey Star-Ledger and Slate Magazine, among many others. A nationally-recognized speaker who has appeared on television, podcasts, and multimedia platforms, Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt is frequently commissioned to train healthcare providers, social workers, death educators, and ethicists. In her role at the RWJ Medical School, she plans to provide additional advanced-level education for physicians about the human experience of grief, pregnancy loss, and bioethics. At the center of their public advocacy and social justice endeavors, Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt is a passionate advocate for reproductive rights and, in particular, reproductive justice, 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 and Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

In their clinical practice, Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt is one of the few specialists in the United States working with people who have experienced later abortion and ending a pregnancy due to fetal anomaly. Her published "ACCEPT" and "DOUBLE RAINBOW" (with Dr. Judith McCoyd) approaches are the only known evidence-supported interventions for social work and mental health clinicians providing therapy to this unique group.  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 their 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 former 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: 

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:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D., & McCoyd, J.L.M. (2022). Counseling pregnant people after previous termination of pregnancy due to fetal anomaly (TOPFA): The double RAINBOW approach. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, advance online publication.

Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D., McCoyd, J.L.M., & Diaz, M.F. (2022). From abortion rights to reproductive justice: A call to action. Affilia: Journal of Feminist Inquiry in Social Work, advance online publication. 

Witt, H., Younes, M.K., & Goldblatt Hyatt. (2022). Examining social work students’ knowledge of and attitudes about abortion and curriculum coverage in social work. Affilia: Journal of Feminist Inquiry in Social Work. Advance online publication, 

Younes, M.K., Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D., Witt, H., & Franklin, C. (2021, advance online copy). A call to action: Addressing ambivalence and promoting advocacy for reproductive rights in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education. doi:10.1080/10437797.2021.1895930

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.

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

Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2019). Nearly six years. Ars Medica, 14(1), 13-16. Retrievable from

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:

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.

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In the News: 

Abortion's Impact on the Midterm ElectionsRutgers Today, 2022. Available at

The women’s podcast. Irish Times, 2022, available at 

Social work and reproductive justice. Rutgers University Summer Series. 2022.

What the SCOTUS decision means for the landscape of abortion. With Mery Diaz. University of Buffalo in Social Work podcast. 2022.

Introduction to reproductive justice for social workers. NASW New York webinar. 2022. 

What the new landscape of abortion laws means for social work. Arizona State University, 2022. Available at 

General’s briefing: Coping with mental health during COVID. With Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, June 18, 2020. Retrievable from

Managing COVID-19 during conception, pregnancy, and after birth. Rutgers Today. Retrievable from

Questioning your narrative. The Lost Traveler Podcast, May 7, 2020. Retrievable from

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

Women have abortions for many reasons aside from rape and incest. Here are some of them., May 22nd, 2019. Retrievable from

Today’s quote: “Our son never formed an airway”. KTBS Headlines, May 22nd, 2019. Retrievable from

After Alabama gov signs ban, women are sharing their abortion stories with #youknowme. Independent Journal Review, May 16th, 2019. Retrievable from

Near death experiences, death anxiety, and thanatology: Spiritable 21. Spiritable Podcast, May 15th, 2019. Retrievable from or

Research on final words. Dr. Oz, April 12, 2019. Retrievable from

Whose womb is this anyway? February 6th, 2019. Retrievable from

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