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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


Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt is an administrator, clinician, and author with over a decade's 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. 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 peer-reviewed publications. Her commercial blogs can be found on websites including The Mighty, Huffington Post, and Scary Mommy. A nationally-recognized speaker, Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt is also 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. Her clinical practice focuses on working with women who have terminated desired pregnancies due to fetal anomaly, as well as individuals coping with a fear of death. She is also passionate about working with adolescents. 

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. Most recently, she was the department chair of psychology for seven years at Bryn Athyn College.

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