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 and writing on love letters, family impacts on individual grief processes, and communication in therapeutic relationships. Dr. Rosenblatt is also writing short stories and creative nonfiction.

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

Latest News

"For couples, sleeping apart could actually have health benefits," The Washington Post

"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. (2021). Death and grief in love letters. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 26(6), 540-551.

  2. Rosenblatt, P. C. & Wallace, B. R. (2021–with a 2022 copyright). African American grief. New York: Routledge. “Classic edition” of this 2005 book, published with a new preface as a “Routledge Mental Health Classic Edition)

  3. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2021). Love in unhappy couples. In C-H. Mayer & E. Vanderheiden (Eds.), International handbook of love. Transcultural and transdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 641-655).New York: Springer.

  4. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2021). The importance of family members in love letters. In C-H. Mayer & E. Vanderheiden (Eds.), International handbook of love. Transcultural and transdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 439-453). New York: Springer.

  5. *Rosenblatt, P. C. (2021). College faculty member grief over deaths of current and former students. Omega – Journal of Death and Dying, 83(2), 176-186.

  6. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2021). 90%. October Hill Magazine, Spring Issue, vol 55, #1, pp. 53-55.

  7. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2021). Picking garbage for the Chicago Cubs. The Twin Bill, Spring.

  8. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2021). The proximity of death. Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities.

  9. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Wallace, B. R. (2021). The impact of COVID-19 on Black America. In K. J. Doka & A. S. Tucci (Eds.), Living with grief since COVID-19 (pp. 17-27). Washington, DC: Hospice Foundation of America.