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Paul Rosenblatt



299F McNH
1985 Buford Avenue
St Paul, MN 55108

Tel: 612-625-3120

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Areas of Interest

Family and Couple Systems Qualitative Family Research Loss and Families Grief Theory Family Theory
African American Families
Family and Cultural Diversity
How Government and Corporate Policies Affect Families Love Letters


Ph.D., Psychology, Northwestern University
M.A., Psychology, Northwestern University
A.B., Psychology, University of Chicago

Research & Discovery

My research and writing focus on close relationships, loss, qualitative research methods, and culture, particularly on intersections between and among those categories.  Current projects include research on love letter series, writing about coding in qualitative research, studies of how health issues and childbirth are dealt with in South African Zulu culture, and grief for lost relationship systems. I am also exploring nontraditional forms of writing about my topics of interest, including memoir (for example, about my research with spiritual healers in Mexico), blogging (for example, a series of blogs on couple bed-sharing published in Huffington Post), and short stories.

Current Editorial Board Memberships: Death Studies, Journal of Loss and Trauma, Mortality.

Teaching & Learning

FSoS 3104: Global and Diverse Families

FSoS 8013: Qualitative Family Research Methods

Honors & Awards

Research Recognition Award from the Association for Death Educators and Counselors 2016

Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing named one of the top 10 university press books of 2006 by ForeWord Magazine.

Member, University of Minnesota Academic of Distinguished Teachers.

Multiracial Couples: Black and White Voices written by Paul Rosenblatt with Terris Karis and Richard Powell won an award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights for being an outstanding book for the year 1995 on the Subject of Human Rights in North America

Excellence in Research Award, College of Human Ecology. Ernest G. Osborne Award, from the National Council on Family Relations, for outstanding teaching in the family field. Fellow, American Psychological Association. Fellow, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Distinguished Service to Families award from the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology


  1. Rosenblatt, P. C. (in press).  Researching grief: Cultural, relational, and individual possibilities.

    Journal of Loss and Trauma

  2. Hooghe, A., Rosenblatt, P. C., & Rober, P. (in press).  “We hardly ever talk about it”: Emotionally responsive attunement in couples after a child’s death.  Family Process,  

  3. Rosenblatt, P.C. (in press). Shame and death in cultural context. In J. Kauffman (Ed.), The shame of death. New York: Routledge.

  4. Rosenblatt, P. C. (in press). Providing therapy can be therapeutic for a therapist. American Journal of Psychotherapy.

  5. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2017, June 1).  Beginners again and again at couple bed sharing.  NCFR Report.  Available online to members of the National Council on Family Relations.

  6. Dutch translation and expansion (2016).  ‘Hoe was het in het kamp?’ Oorlogsherinneringen en familiegeheimen ["What was it like in the camp?" War memories and family secrets], Systeemtherapie, 28(#3).

  7. Rober, P., & Rosenblatt, P. C. (2017).  Silence and memories of war:  An autoethnographic exploration of family secrecy.  Family Process.  56, 250-261.  DOI: 10.1111/famp.12174


  8. Anderson, R., Rosenblatt, P, Owen, G., Nelson, J., & Reiss, I. (2017).  Robert L. Fulton, 1926-2016.  American Sociological Association Footnotes, 45 (1).

  9. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2017).  Why people might be reluctant to alleviate the suffering of others.  In R. Anderson (Ed.), Alleviating world suffering: The challenge of negative quality of life (pp. 181-195).  New York: Springer.

  10. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2017).  Complicated grief: A cross-cultural perspective.  In K. J. Doka & A. S. Tucci (Eds.), When grief is complicated (pp. 43-54).  Washington, DC: Hospice Foundation of America.

  11. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2017).  Family response to traumatic loss.  In N. Thompson, G. R. Cox, & R. G. Stevenson (Eds.), Handbook of Traumatic Loss (pp. 309-320).  New York: Routledge.

  12. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2016).  Review of R. Desjarlais, Subject to Death: Life and Loss in a Buddhist World.  Death Studies, 40, 648-650.

  13. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2016).  Cultural competence and humility.  In D. L. Harris & T. C. Bordere (Eds.), Handbook of social justice in loss and grief: Exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion (pp. 67-74).  New York: Routledge.

  14. Hooghe, A., Rosenblatt, P. C., & Rober, P. (2016).  Betekenissen van het niet spreken in koppels die een kind verloren – Wat betekent het voor de therapeutische praktijk? [Meaning of not speaking in couples who lost a child - What does it mean for therapeutic practice?] (in Dutch). Systeemtherapie, 28(#3).

  15. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2016).  Bob Fulton obituary.  Coalition News, 38 (#3), 5, 9.

  16. Rosenblatt, P. C.  (2016). Review of D. W. Kissane & F. Parnes (Eds.), Bereavement Care for FamiliesOmega, 73 (3), 276-279.

  17. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Collins Simms, C. M. (2016).  African American autobiographer accounts of learning from parents how to deal with racism.  Journal of African American Studies, 20(2), 135-151.

  18. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2016, published in 2015).  Restarting stalled research.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  19. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2015).  Review of J. Cacciatore & J. DeFrain (Eds.), The world of bereavement: Cultural perspectives on death in families.  PsycCRITIQUES, 60 (42).

  20. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2015).  Grief in small scale societies.  In C. M. Parkes, P. Laungani & B. Young (Eds.), Death and bereavement across cultures, 2nd ed.  (pp. 23-41).  London: Routledge.

  21. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2014, 2015).  Death and bereavement in later adulthood: Cultural beliefs, behaviors, and emotions.  In L. A. Jensen (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of human culture and development: An interdisciplinary perspective, (pp. 697-709).  New York: Oxford University Press.  DOI:  10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199948550.013.43  online version published in 2014:

  22. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Wieling, E. (2014). Grief, psychological trauma, and relational problems in cultural context.  In Santana Santos, F., Schliemann, A. L., & Solano, J. P. C. (Eds.), Tratado Brasileiro sobre perdas e luto (pp. 265-273).  Sao Paulo, Brazil: Atheneu.  [In Portuguese.]

  23. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2014).  What are conferences for?  The Sociological Imagination.

  24. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2014).  Race and the end of life in the United States.  Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of health, illness, behavior, and society.  Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell (5 pp.).  DOI: 10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs275

  25. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2014).  The impact of racism on African American families: Literature as social science.  Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

  26. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Bowman, T. (2013).  Alternative approaches to conceptualizing grief: A conversation. Bereavement Care, 32 (#2), 82-85.  DOI:10.1080/02682621.2013.812826

  27. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Wieling, E. (2013).  Knowing and not knowing in intimate relationships.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

  28. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2013).  Family grief in cross-cultural perspective.  Family Science, 4, 12-19.  DOI:10.1080/19424620.2013.819226

  29. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2013).  Culture and socialization in death, grief, and mourning.  In D. K. Meagher & D. E. Balk (Eds.), Handbook of thanatology, 2nd. ed. (pp. 121-126) New York: Routledge.

  30. Rosenblatt, P. C.  (2013). Review of N. Berns, Closure: The rush to end grief and what it costs.  Death Studies, 37, 589-594

  31. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2013).  Family systems theory as a tool for anyone dealing with personal or family loss.  ADEC Forum, 39 (1), 11, 13.

  32. Rober, P., & Rosenblatt, P.C. (2013).  Selective disclosure in a first conversation about a family death in James Agee’s novel A Death in the Family.  Death Studies, 37, 172-194.

  33. Rosenblatt, P.C. (2013).  The concept of complicated grief: Lessons from other cultures.  In M. Stroebe, H. Schut, & J. van den Bout (Eds.), Complicated grief: Scientific foundations for health professionals (pp. 27-39).  New York: Routledge.

  34. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2012). One interviewer versus several: Modernist and postmodernist perspectives in qualitative family interviewing.  Journal of Family Theory and Review, 4, 96-104.

  35. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Li, X. (2012).  Researching Chinese cultural understandings of marriage via similes and metaphors on the worldwide web.  Marriage and Family Review, 48, 109-124.

  36. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2012).  Family and friend caregivers and care receivers in grief.  ADEC  Forum, 38 (1), 23-24.

  37. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). Shared Obliviousness in Family Systems. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

  38. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). The culturally competent practitioner. In K Doka & A. S. Tucci (Eds.), Living with grief: Diversity and end-of-life care (pp. 21-32). Washington, DC: Hospice Foundation of America.

  39. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Rieks, S. J. (2009). No compromise: Couples dealing with issues for which they do not see a compromise. American Journal of Family Therapy, 37, 196-208.

  40. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). A systems theory analysis of intercultural couple relationships. In T. A. Karis & K. D. Killian (Eds.), Intercultural couples: Exploring diversity in intimate relationships (pp. 3-20). New York: Routledge.

  41. Barner, J. R., & Rosenblatt, P. C. (2008). Giving at a loss: Couple exchange after the death of a parent. Mortality, 13, 318-334.

  42. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2008). Grief across cultures: A review and research agenda. In M. Stroebe, R. O. Hansson, H. Schut, & W. Stroebe (Eds.), Handbook of bereavement research and practice: Advances in theory and intervention (pp. 207-222). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

  43. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2008). Recovery following bereavement: Metaphor, phenomenology, and culture. Death Studies, 32, 6-16.

  44. Yang, S., & Rosenblatt, P. C. (2007). Couple rage and emotional distancing when a partner is dying. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 12, 305-320.

  45. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Nkosi, B. C. (2007). South African Zulu widows in a time of poverty and social change. Death Studies, 31, 67-85.

  46. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2006). Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

  47. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Barner, J. R. (2006). The dance of closeness-distance in couple relationships after the death of a parent. Omega, 53, 277-293.

  48. Rosenblatt, P. C. & Wallace, B. R. (2005). African American Grief. New York: Routledge.

  49. Rosenblatt, P.C. (2005). Grieving families and the 9/11 disaster. In S. C. Heilman (Ed.), Death, Bereavement, and Mourning (pp. 85-103). Somerset, NJ: Transaction Books.

  50. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Stewart, C. C. (2004). Challenges in cross-cultural marriage: When she is Chinese and he Euro-American. Sociological Focus, 37, 43-58.

  51. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2002). Interviewing at the border of fact and fiction. In J. F. Gubrium & J. A. Holstein (Eds.), The handbook of interview research (pp. 893-909). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  52. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2001). Teaching undergraduate family diversity courses. Journal of Teaching in Marriage and Family, 1, 1-14.

  53. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2001). A social constructionist perspective on cultural differences in grief. In M. S. Stroebe, R. O. Hansson, W. Stroebe, & H. Schut (Eds.), Handbook of bereavement research: Consequences, coping, and care (pp. 285-300). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.

  54. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2001). Qualitative research as spiritual experience. In K. R. Gilbert (Ed.), The emotional nature of qualitative research (pp. 111-128). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press LLC.

  55. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2000). Parent Grief: Narratives of Loss and Relationship. Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel.

  56. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2000). Help Your Marriage Survive the Death of a Child. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

  57. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2000). Protective parenting after the death of a child. Journal of Personal and Interpersonal Loss, 5, 343-360.