Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt
2011 Doctor of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Master of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Master of Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Clinical Ethics Certificate, Union College, Albany, NY
2004 Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), McGill University, Montreal, Canada
PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2017 Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Assistant Teaching Professor
Assistant Director of the Doctorate in Social Work Degree Program
2016 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2)
Doctoral Program Dissertation Chair
2013 Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, PA
Faculty, Graduate Theological School
2011 Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, PA
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Tenure Track
Department Chair, Psychology
Core Faculty Member
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (book chapter in press). Adolescent identity development and loss: Focus on sibling bereavement. In M. Diaz and B. Shepherd (Eds.), Contemporary issues in childhood and adolescence: Narrating ecological perspectives. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
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
Journal, Dissertation and White Paper
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D., & Good, B.D. (2018). Supervisor and intern reflections on a year of research: Why it worked. Narratives of Professional Helping, 23(1), 66-75.
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2015). From healer to transformed healer: Relearning lessons in grief. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 20(2), 32-41.
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2011). Development in crisis: Adolescent sibling bereavement. Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Publications, Paper 11. Retrievable from http://repository.upenn.edu/edissertations_sp2/11
Collins, K., Connors, K., Donohue, A., Gardner, S., Goldblatt, E., Hayward, A., Kiser, L., Strieder, F. Thompson, E. (2010). Understanding the impact of trauma and urban poverty on family systems: Risks, resilience, and interventions. Baltimore, MD: Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center.
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2016). Introduction to Kevin Hines. Kevin Hines Story, October. Retrievable from http://www.kevinhinesstory.com/bio/
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2016). Dear Mama, it’s ok to take the medicine. The Mighty, October. Retrievable from https://themighty.com/2016/10/why-it-is-ok-to-take-medication-for-postpartum-disorders/
Goldblat Hyatt, E.D. (2015). The first time I told my students about my OCD. The Mighty, October. Retrievable from https://themighty.com/2016/10/telling-my-college-students-that-i-have-obsessive-compulsive-disorder/
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2016). Disarming the trigger of school shootings for bereaved siblings. Huffington Post, April. Retrievable from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/new-harbinger-publications-inc/disarming-the-trigger-of-_b_9705178.html
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2016). Dear Trump: My abortion was punishment enough. Elephant Journal, April. Retrievable from http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/04/dear-trump-my-abortion-was-punishment-enough/
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2015). As a mom with OCD, I fear for my children. Scary Mommy, October. Retrievable from http://www.scarymommy.com/as-a-mom-with-ocd-i-fear-for-my-children/
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2015). Coming out of the grief closet. Modern Loss, October. Retrievable from http://modernloss.com/coming-out-of-the-grief-closet/
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2015). A tale of two teens and their grief: What every caregiver needs to know. Huffington Post, September. Retrievable from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/new-harbinger-publications-inc/a-tale-of-two-teens-and-t_b_8118098.html
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2015). Birthdays will never be the same again. MomBabble, August. Retrievable from http://mombabble.com/2015/08/birthdays-never-the-same/
Goldblatt Hyatt, E.D. (2015). 6 things they don’t tell you about baby #2. Elephant Journal, April. Retrievable from http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/04/as-6-things-they-dont-tell-you-about-baby-2/
Hyatt, E.G. (2012). If I came with a disclaimer. The Grief Toolbox, November. Retrievable from http://thegrieftoolbox.com/article/if-i-came-disclaimer
Hyatt, E.G. (2012). From expert to REAL expert: Relearning lessons in grief. The Grief Toolbox, October. Retrievable from https://thegrieftoolbox.com/article/expert-real-expert-relearning-lessons-grief.
Hyatt, E.G. (2012). The death of the fear of death. New Church Perspective, January. Retrievable from http://www.newchurchperspective.com/.
2015 Grief 2.0: Spiritually-transformative experiences. The 6th Annual Afterlife Conference, Virginia Beach, VA
2015 Children’s concepts of the afterlife. The 6th Annual Afterlife Awareness Conference, Virginia Beach, VA
2008 Grief, loss, and trauma in early childhood: What mental health providers need to know, Maryland Association of Resources for Family and Youth, 28th Annual Conference, Ocean City, MD (with Jessica Lertora, LCSW-C)
2016 Introduction to Kevin Hines. New Church Live, Bryn Athyn, PA
2016 Finding hope in the face of things we don’t talk about (with Dr. Daniel Gottlieb). Huntingdon Valley, PA
2016 Making it work when you both work (with William Hyatt). Caring for Marriage Conference, Bryn Athyn, PA
2016 Making meaning of grief: Understanding and enhancing our experience. Center for Contemporary Mysticism, Philadelphia, PA
2015 Anxiety, depression, and coping: What you need to know. St. Basil’s Academy Wellness Fair Presentation. Jenkintown, PA
2015 Quality, care, and compassion: Beyond the data and measures. Panel discussion for Pennsylvania Healthcare Association Convention. Valley Forge, PA
2015 The unintelligible afterlife: A panel discussion. Live panel and telecast to support Research into the Communications of the Dying, Bryn Athyn, PA
2014 Spiritually-transformative experiences: an introduction. New Church Live. Bryn Athyn, PA
2013 The loss of a child: Implications for married couples. Bryn Athyn Caring for Marriage Conference, Bryn Athyn, PA
2012 Understanding dementia. Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Bryn Athyn, PA
2012 Introduction to Sgt Matthew Pennington and PTSD: New Church Live. Bryn Athyn, PA
2012 The THRIVE! model. Tools to THRIVE conference, Bryn Athyn, PA
2012 Bereavement support for widows and widowers. Bryn Athyn Widow and Widowers Support Group, Bryn Athyn, PA
2012 Understanding dementia. Cairnwood Village Retirement Home, Bryn Athyn, PA
2011 Death in the family: An introduction. Arcadia University, Guest Lecture, Philadelphia, PA.
2010 Trauma 101 for direct Care juvenile justice providers, Thomas J. Waxter Center, Baltimore, MD (with Stacey Brown, LCPC, Kay Connors, LCSW-C, & Laurel Kiser, PhD, MBA).
2010 Military culture: The impact of deployments. Active Duty Early Child Education Program, Fort Meade, MD.
2009 Introduction to bioethics for mental health clinicians. University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.
2008 Interventions with returning veterans and their families, Maryland Psychological Association Post Doctoral Institute on Treating Trauma Survivors, Columbia, MD
CAMPUS OR DEPARTMENTAL TALKS
2016 Introduction to Pennhurst exhibit. Pennhurst Opening Event, October 28, 2016, Bryn Athyn, PA
2016 Reflections on the evolution of a research project: Intern and investigator perspectives. Friday Faculty Research Lunch presentation with undergraduate intern, Brandon Good, Bryn Athyn, PA
2014 Body, mind, and meaning: Medical, psychological, and philosophical reflections on Proof of Heaven. Panel Discussion/Introduction to Dr. Eben Alexander Lecture, Bryn Athyn, PA
2013 Managing your Facebook profile. Bryn Athyn College Career Development Seminar, Bryn Athyn, PA
2012 Bullying: Causes, effects, and how to stop it. Bryn Athyn College Fall Visit Day Mock Lecture. Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA
2012 Grief and loss across the lifespan. Bryn Athyn College Theological School Convocation, Bryn Athyn, PA
2011 Just being there: My experience with the end of life. Bryn Athyn College Convocation, Bryn Athyn, PA
2011 Adolescent sibling bereavement: An introduction. Bryn Athyn College, Guest Lecture. Bryn Athyn, PA.
2011 Bioethics: An introduction. Bryn Athyn College, Guest Lecture, Bryn Athyn, PA
Research Methods in Psychology (Capstone)
Senior Essay Research Seminar (Capstone)
Introduction to Psychology
Counseling and Clinical Psychology
Psychology and Spirituality
Seminar in Death and Dying
Introduction to Experiments in Psychology
Internship Field Placement
Bioethics and Clinical Social Work
Existential Therapy and Thanatophobia
From Practice to Scholarly Thinking
Service Learning Internship
Advanced Seminar in Death and Dying
2015-present Formal Direct Hospice Caregiver Experiences with Underserved Minority Populations at End of Life. Collaboration with Dr. Alexandra Hanlon, Research Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
2014-15 Research into the Communications of the Dying. Collaboration with Lisa Smartt and Dr. Raymond A. Moody. Original protocol goal of recording, transcribing, and analyzing the utterances of the dying in private home environments to explore linguistic and psychological themes at the end of life. IRB approval February 2015.
2012- present Perinatal End of Life and Decision-Making; Pregnancy Termination. Collaboration with Dr. Julie Bindeman of Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington, Associate Professor at George Washington University. Former area of clinical practice expertise as well as bioethics research interest with regard to termination of pregnancies for medical reasons. Exploration of impact of termination for medical reasons on parental decision-making for living children.
2011 Near-Death Experiences, Spiritual Experiences, and Bedside Visitations within the New Church Community: A Pilot Study. Collection of individual interviews with Bryn Athyn/New Church community members
Interests: Adolescent sibling bereavement; end of life decision-making; serious mental illness; pediatric oncology; pediatric end of life; crisis intervention; mediation; identity development following bereavement; pregnancy loss and termination; existential, narrative, and cognitive-behavioral interventions; social work with at-risk populations; parenting
SERVICE TO PROFESSION
2017 Special Editor for Aging, Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping
2017 Peer Reviewer, Death Studies
2016 Interviewee, Oral Histories of Leading Figures in Thanatology (D. Balk, Ph.D, PI)
2014 Peer Reviewer, Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping
2010 Peer Reviewer, Journal of Child and Family Social Work
2009 Editor, The Clinician Doctoral Magazine, University of Pennsylvania
2015 Chair, Human Subjects Research Review Committee
Primary role is to review submissions for human subjects research at Bryn Athyn College, serve as liaison with Holy Redeemer Health System Institutional Review Board, and educate professors about appropriate research activities in the classroom. Completed CITI human subjects research training in the area of social-behavioral-educational research. Pioneered relationship with Holy Redeemer Health System review board to serve as IRB for Bryn Athyn College. See http://www.brynathyn.edu/academics/research/hsrr-c/
2013 Department Chair, Psychology
Spearheaded Bryn Athyn College’s most successful major program (and subsequently developed minor in psychology program) that adheres to APA recommendations for undergraduate psychology programs and benchmarks against institutions of comparable size. Students receive education in clinical and applied psychology and are required to complete an internship prior to graduating.
Responsible for hiring and supervising faculty as well as continuing evaluation process; developing departmental assessment and metrics reports; learning goals and outcomes; course evaluations; recruitment and admissions responsibilities; creating new courses; managing enrollment and course sections; maintaining compliance with accreditation policies.
Created articulation agreement with Rosemont College to guarantee qualifying students acceptance into graduate school. Currently working with Jefferson University to create a similar agreement.
2013 Supervisor of Service Learning Placements, Theological School
2011 Curriculum and Academic Planning Committee
2011 Academic Advisor
2012 Assistant Department Chair, Psychology
2012 CORE Curriculum Committee
2012 Director of Information Literacy
2012 Interdisciplinary Major Committee
2012 Publication Committee
EXTRACURRICULAR UNIVERSITY SERVICE
2011 Director of Psychology Club
2011 Resource and Advisor for Senior Essays (High School and College)
MEDIA RECOGNITION AND ADVOCACY
Please see www.facebook.com/doctorEricaGHyatt for social media updates.
Governor Wolf vetoes anti-choice bill that severely limits women’s health care options. December 18, 2017. Retrievable from https://www.governor.pa.gov/governor-wolf-vetoes-anti-choice-bill-severely-limits-womens-health-care-options/
Governor Wolf supports opposition to anti-abortion bill in Conshohocken. December 11, 2017. Retrievable from http://www.timesherald.com/article/JR/20171211NEWS/171219961
Wolf vows to veto PA measure restricting abortion rights. December 11, 2017. Retrievable from https://whyy.org/articles/wolf-vows-veto-pa-measure-restricting-abortion-rights/
Press Conference with Mayor Jim Kenney and Governor Tom Wolf on SB3. February 15, 2017. Retrievable from https://www.governor.pa.gov/governor-wolf-joins-health-professionals-advocates-to-denounce-senate-bill-3/
Press Conference with Representative Madeleine Dean and Governor Tom Wolf on SB3. February 16, 2017. Retrievable from https://www.governor.pa.gov/governor-and-first-lady-wolf-join-health-professionals-advocates-legislators-to-denounce-senate-bill-3/
Traveling exhibit on Pennhurst at Bryn Athyn College through Monday. The Intelligencer, November 4, 2016. Retrievable from http://www.theintell.com/news/local/traveling-exhibit-on-pennhurst-at-bryn-athyn-college-through-monday/article_a39ee90e-97c3-11e6-a3ff-77a9ad4db1d7.html
How spirits are connected to your health. Swedenborg and Life telecast, October 31, 2016. Retrievable from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N-ofY8eLvw
Three kinds of evil spirits. Swedenborg and Life telecast, August 1, 2016. Retrievable from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o21lGQMyllw
Stop HB 1948. Press conference with Planned Parenthood, April 11, 2016. Retrievable from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-KrJxhkHto
The gruesome language anti-abortion activists are using to win support. Featured in The Washington Post, April 5, 2015. Retrievable from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/05/the-campaign-to-end-fetal-dismemberment-is-spreading/?utm_term=.2d968c37b306
Sensing your spiritual body. Swedenborg and Life telecast, February 15, 2016. Retrievable from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw49L60yDZs
Children in heaven. Swedenborg and Life telecast, January 25, 2016. Retrievable from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVJDMaXaafk
Making meaning of grief: Understanding and enhancing our experience. Recorded video of presentation at the Center for Contemporary Mysticism, January 10, 2016. Retrievable from https://contemporarymysticism.org/media/video-Hyatt-160110.asp
The language of transition: An exploration of final words. Cover story for Bryn Athyn Alumni Magazine, Winter 2015. See: http://www.joomag.com/magazine/bryn-athyn-college-alumni-magazine-winter-2015/0828422001450812010
Study aims to decode final words of the dying. Interview with Philadelphia Inquirer, September 27, 2015. Health Section. See: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20150927_Study_aims_to_decode_final_words_of_the_dying.html
Deathbed utterances and what they reveal. Interview with Bucks County Courier Times, September 24, 2015. See: http://m.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/columnists/jd-mullane/deathbed-utterances-and-what-they-reveal/article_31849f30-6209-11e5-a766-f3a9d4101ec4.html?mode=jqm
The unintelligible afterlife. Panel presentation at Bryn Athyn College, September 19, 2015. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU4AKwhwxgI
Psychology professor encourages others to keep striving to learn. Interview with CBS Philadelphia,. September 14, 2016. See: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/09/14/psychology-professor-encourages-others-to-keep-striving-to-learn/
Modern spiritually-transformative experiences. Swedenborg and Life telecast, September 14, 2015. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zt-FKR23zg
The unintelligible afterlife. Interview with BuxMont Live! September 5, 2015. Retrievable from http://wnpv1440.com/talk-shows/buxmont-live-archives
Should digital records include mental health? Interview with NPR Philadelphia affiliate WHYY. July 9, 2015. Retrievable from http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/the-pulse/83841-should-digital-health-records-include-mental-health
What the words of the dying mean. Interview with Dr. Raymond Moody. Swedenborg and Life telecast, March 2015. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwUKMHyGar8
NON-ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT/CLINICAL WORK
2013 Pretty Padded Room, Online Private Practice Psychotherapist
Provided psychotherapy to individuals and couples via online forum. Specific focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy/narrative therapy, existential psychotherapy, pregnancy stress, loss, and termination for medical reasons, death anxiety, bereavement, and terminal illness, mindfulness techniques, and major mental illness
2010 Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
Director of Admissions, Department of Psychiatry
Intensive Outpatient Therapist, Department of Psychiatry
As Director of Admissions:
Provided clinical and administrative supervision for 12 social workers and psychologists assigned with the task of conducting intake assessments on psychiatric patients in the emergency department and referred by community agencies.
Worked as the head of interdisciplinary meetings regarding patient presentation, risk factors, and disposition.
Controlled staffing, scheduling, and served as main point of contact for hospital departments requesting psychiatry consultation.
Led suicide risk assessments conducted on medical floors for all inpatients.
Created new clinical assessment forms for hospital use during intakes, developed and implemented multidisciplinary morning meetings with psychiatrists, nursing staff, discharge planners, and social work.
Member of institutional bioethics committee, responding to calls for ethics mediation throughout the hospital.
As Intensive Outpatient Therapist:
Led three daily support groups for patient suffering from acute mental illness. Support group topics included behavior and symptom management, psychoeducation, and process. Topics are exclusively conceived by IOP therapist.
Supervised Ph.D intern for the purpose of enhancing academic and clinical experience with individuals suffering from mental illness.
Provided individual psychotherapy to patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses.
2008 University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Clinician, Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center
As military clinician:
Provided manualized mental health interventions and education to returning veteran population and their families in Veterans Administration Maryland Healthcare System.
In this environment, collaborated with multi-disciplinary treatment team, served as clinical consultant on numerous individual cases that required input from a well-trained clinician with family therapy knowledge and skills. As embedded FITT clinician, presented workshops, skill-building, professional development, joined therapy meetings, and carried a small caseload at three VA Maryland clinical sites.
Created simple family-informed assessment tools for clinicians in mental health assessments.
Pursued grant responsibilities including submissions for Institutional Review Board, planning and implementing meetings with stakeholders and steering committee members.
Trained in Abuse-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, Families OverComing Under Stress (Project FOCUS), and Strengthening Families’ Coping Resources interventions.
As member of Center for Infant Study:
Facilitated multi-family group therapy with low-income, urban families affected by trauma.
Administrated therapy to individual children and families both on campus and offsite at domestic abuse shelter, House of Ruth.
2007 Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Pediatric Oncology Social Worker, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Worked with children and families affected by the diagnosis of childhood cancer.
Provided child therapy for patients and siblings, and adult counseling services with regard to life threatening illnesses, in addition to resource allocation and connection within the community.
Member of Interdisciplinary Ethics Forum in addition to Team Leader of hospital on-call ethics consultation service.
Presented at orientation for new nurses and on bioethical issues for social work interns. Provided guidance to social work interns and direction on in and outpatient cases.
Certified Reiki Practitioner on Palliative Care Consult Service.
Organized and implemented community activities such as “Queen for a Day” and “Heroes” events.
Lay framework for Scrap Booking group for children with cancer and their families to contribute to; suggested creation of a “teen book” where patients could add their own pieces to facilitate expression through artistic and community context.
2006 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Clinical Oncology Social Worker, The Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Worked with patients and families affected by the diagnosis of cancer, throughout all stages and manifestations of the disease.
As primary coverage social worker, flexible to varying schedules and substitute for all inpatient social workers during their absence.
As primary outpatient medical oncology social worker, anticipated and responded to psychosocial issues of patients and families, providing resource information, referral, and counseling.
Worked with interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, and therapists to provide comprehensive continuum of care.
2005 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Student Intern, Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment
Worked with international families who arrived diagnosed with serious fetal abnormalities.
Counseled and provided emotional support to parents of terminally ill infants, infants born with birth defects, and mothers who receive fetal surgery.
Provided resources to families, referral to outside agencies, making funeral arrangements.
2004 Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Student Intern, Trauma Unit.
Worked with high-risk populations and performed bio psychosocial assessments, individual and family counseling, crisis intervention (dealing with drug and alcohol addictions/survivors of domestic assault), arrangements for next level of care (nursing home placements, inpatient/outpatient physical therapy, psychiatric and drug rehabilitation placements).
Extra Grace Available: Intensive coaching and support for at-risk community members
Loss and Found: Founder and co-facilitator of monthly bereavement support group
LANGUAGES AND INTERESTS
Certified Reiki practitioner
Classical vocal performance
Classical piano performance
LICENSURE AND MEMBERSHIPS
2013 American Psychological Association
2012 Afterlife Education Foundation
2011 LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), Pennsylvania (Paid inactive)
2011 Society for the Teaching of Psychology
2009 LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker), District of Columbia (Paid inactive)
2006 National Association of Social Workers