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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.

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
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: 

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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