Erica Goldblatt Hyatt

Department Chair of Psychology / Assistant Professor of Psychology

Over the course of her career, “Dr. E” has served as a hospital administrator, researcher, private therapist, and clinical social worker. Her specialties include death, dying, and bereavement, serious mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and crisis intervention. She has published commercially and academically and is a nationally-recognized speaker. Dr. E’s current area of research centers around disparities in access to care for underserved minorities at the end of life. She has previously explored the psychological impact of the final words of the dying as well as spiritually-transformative experiences.


  • DSW, University of Pennsylvania
  • MSW, University of Pennsylvania
  • MBE, University of Pennsylvania
  • Certificate in Bioethics with Specialization in Clinical Ethics, Albany Medical College
  • BA, McGill University


  • Author of first self-help book for bereaved teen siblings, Grieving for the Sibling You Lost
  • Identified as a “leading figure in thanatology”
  • Pioneer of new research protocols at Bryn Athyn College
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2)
  • Published commercially on websites and in peer-reviewed academic journals
  • A nationally-recognized speaker on death, dying, and bereavement

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Death, dying, and bereavement
  • Adolescent sibling bereavement
  • Disparities in home hospice access
  • Compassion fatigue in formal direct hospice care providers
  • Pregnancy loss
  • Spiritually-transformative experiences
  • Clinical bioethics mediation

Courses Taught