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Judith McCoyd

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Bryn Mawr

Dr. McCoyd's research interests include perinatal health, medical decision making, bereavement, medical technology and human response.

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Judith L. M. McCoyd (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College- GSSWSR, 2003; MSSW, Columbia University- GSSW, 1985) is an associate professor at Rutgers University's School of Social Work. Her research lies at the intersection of perinatal health care, medical technologies, decision-making and bereavement. Specifically, Dr. McCoyd explores the decisions to use prenatal diagnostic technologies, the experience of high risk pregnancy, whether to continue a pregnancy affected by fetal anomalies, and the emotional responses to these events. Funding for the varied research projects came from the American Assn. of University Women, the Lois and Samuel Silberman Faculty Fund Grant and Rutgers University Research Council Grants.

Dr. McCoyd's research provides direct analysis, yet is also used to develop theory about social work practice, decision making and normative culture, and perinatal health care. She is a licensed clinical social worker (PA) who maintains a small clinical practice and serves in leadership roles with the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers.  She teaches in the Masters, Ph.D and DSW programs.

Courses Taught: 

Loss Across the Lifespan

Clinical Social Work Practice I & II

CSW: Health

Selected Recent Publications: 

McCoyd, J.L.M. & Walter, C. A. (2016). Grief and loss across the lifespan: A biopsychosocial approach (2nd edition). New York: Springer Publishing. For information. see

McCoyd, J.L.M., Kerson, T. S., (Eds.) & Associates. (2016). Social work in health settings (4th). London: Routledge. For information, see

Werner- Lin, A., McCoyd, J. L. M., & Bernbaum, B. A. (2016). Balancing genetics (science) and counseling (art) in prenatal chromosomal microarray testing.  Journal of Genetic Counseling. On-line May 21, 2016.doi: 10.1007/s10897-016-9966-5.

McCoyd, J.L.M. & Kerson, T. S. (2013). Teaching reflective social work practice in health care: Promoting best practices. Journal of Social Work Education, 49(4), 674-688.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2013). Preparation for prenatal decision-making: a baseline of knowledge and reflection in women participating in prenatal screening.  Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 34 (1), 3-8. doi: 10.3109/0167482X.2012.757590.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2010). Authoritative knowledge, the technological imperative and women’s responses to prenatal diagnostic technologies. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 34 (4), 590-614. doi: 10.10071511013-010-9189-4 

McCoyd, J.L.M., Akincigil, A., Peak, E.H. (2010). Pediatric disability and caregiver separation. Journal of Family Social Work, 13 (3), 251-268. doi: 10.1080/10522151003716353.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2010) Women in no man’s land: the U.S. abortion debate and women terminating desired pregnancies due to fetal anomaly.  British Journal of Social Work, 40, 133-53. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcn080.  

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2009). What do women want?: Experiences and reflections of women after prenatal diagnosis and termination for anomaly. Health Care for Women International, 30 (6), 507-535.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2009). Discrepant feeling rules and unscripted emotion work: Women terminating desired pregnancies due to fetal anomaly. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79(1).

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2008). "I'm not a saint": Burden assessment as an unrecognized factor in prenatal decision making. Qualitative Health Research, 18(11):1489-1500.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2008) Women in no man's land: the U.S. abortion debate and women terminating desired pregnancies due to fetal anomaly. British Journal of Social Work. Published on line May 28, 2008, pending journal publication: doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcn080.

McCoyd, J.L.M. (2007). Pregnancy interrupted: Loss of a desired pregnancy after diagnosis of fetal anomaly. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 28(1):37-48.

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