College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Paul Rosenblatt


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

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

Research & Discovery

Current projects include research on love letters, grief for lost relationship systems, couple communication when a child is in cancer treatment, faculty member grief over the death of a student or former student, what goes on in a helping relationship when a person being helped brings up concerns that are outside the scope of what the helper knows about or is interested in addressing, and family resilience in dealing with grief. I am also exploring writing for literary magazines about my topics of interest, including writing 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 (for example, about couples who are having trouble getting along).

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

Latest News

"Do I have 'cabin fever'? What is it. How to cure it," CNN Health 

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.

Select Publications

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  1. Rosenblatt, P. C. (in press). Whatever is important will be engraved in your brain. Streetlight Magazine.


  2. Nkosi, B. & Rosenblatt, P. C. (in press). From “death sentence to hope,” HIV and AIDS in South Africa: Transforming shame in context. In C.-H. Mayer & E. Vanderheiden (Eds.), Transforming shame in context. New York: Springer.


  3. Allen, K. R., Letiecq, B. L., Roberto, K. A., Rosenblatt, P. C., & Wieling, E. (in press). Dialogue about reflexivity. In A. Humble & E. Radina (Eds.), How qualitative data analysis happens: Moving beyond “themes emerged.” New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.


  4. Rosenblatt, P. C. & Wieling, E. (in press). Thematic and phenomenological analysis in research on intimate relationships. In A. Humble & E. Radina (Eds.), How qualitative data analysis happens: Moving beyond “themes emerged.” New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.


  5. Rosenblatt, P. C. (in press). Responding to bereaved people’s words about relationship system loss. Mortality.


  6. Hooghe, A., Rosenblatt, P. C., De Jongh, S., Bakker, E., Nijkamp, M., & Rober, P. (2018). “The child is our focus”: On couple issues in child oncology treatment. PsychoOncology, 27(#10), 2482-2487.


  7. Hooghe, A., Rosenblatt, P. C., & Rober, P. (2018). “We hardly ever talk about it”: Emotional responsive attunement in couples after a child’s death. Family Process, 57(1), 226-240.


  8. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2018). Review of P. Vitebsky, Living without the dead: Loss and redemption in a jungle cosmos, Death Studies, 42 (9), 604-606.


  9. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2017). Researching grief: Cultural, relational, and individual possibilities. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 22, 617-630.


  10. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2017). Beginners again and again at couple bed sharing. NCFR Report. 62 (2), F4-F5.

  11. Rober, P., & Rosenblatt, P. C. (2017). Silence and memories of war: An autoethnographic exploration of family secrecy. Family Process. 56, 250-261. 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).