Faculty and Graduate Fellows

Faculty Fellows

Jochen Hellbeck

Professor of History
Degree: PH.D.
Specialty: Russian and European History
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Office: Van Dyck Hall 217A

Phone: (917) 436-8176

Bio: Jochen Hellbeck’s research focuses on individual life stories and the shaping of the self in modern Europe, with a primary focus on the Soviet Union. He particularly seeks to understand the place of individuals in the context of cataclysmic events of the 20th century: the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s terror regime, and the Second World War. His work research has contributed to a more capacious and humane understanding of the Soviet Union, of World War II, and of how consciousness survived in societies that supposedly eradicated it. Jochen's RCHA project studies notions of life and death in the racist imagination of the Nazi regime and in the universalist Soviet war culture - in comparison as well as in their deadly clash. 

Erica Goldblatt HyattErica Goldblatt

Assistant Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of DSW Program
Degree: DSW, University of Pennsylvania, MSW/MBE, University of Pennsylvania; B.A., McGill University
Specialty: Death, dying, and bereavement
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Office: 390 George St, 6th Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: 848-932-8485

Bio: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt is a university professor, administrator, and private therapist with nearly 15 years' worth of experience in the field of clinical social work. She is currently the Assistant Director of the Doctorate of Social Work degree program at Rutgers and is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.  Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt is one of the few therapists in the country who specializes in working with women who have ended a wanted pregnancy due to fetal anomaly. Her research on this topic has been published in academic journals, on commercial blogs, and on popular news sites. She has been featured repeatedly in media and press conferences by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and is known in Pennsylvania as one of the foremost speakers and advocates on the topic of reproductive justice.  Her published "ACCEPT" model of counseling women with fetal anomaly is the only exclusive model for social workers and other mental health clinicians that utilizes modern grief theory, narrative therapy, and cognitive interventions to address the many challenges of loss that this community experiences. The core of Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt's work centers around talking about experiences that are usually stigmatized, closeted, or hidden. As a clinician scholar, she uses both her clinical and research experience to bring awareness to marginalized communities. She can be followed on Twitter @erica_DSW

Omar Dewachi

Degrees: MBChB (MD), Baghdad University, MPH in Public Health, American University of Beirut, PhD Social Anthropology, Harvard University.
Specialty: Medical Anthropology 
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Office: Ruth Adams Building 314 

Phone: 848-932-4102

Bio: Omar Dewachi is Associate Professor of medical anthropology at Rutgers University. Before joining Rutgers in 2018, Dewachi taught social medicine, global health, and anthropology in Lebanon, where he co-founded the Conflict Medicine Program at the American University of Beirut. Trained both as a physician and anthropologist, Dewachi’s research and writings have covered a wide range of themes and topics in the history and anthropology of medicine. He is the author of Ungovernable Life: Mandatory Medicine and Statecraft in Iraq, winner of the New Millennium Book Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology in 2019, is the first study documenting the untold history of the rise and fall of state medicine in Iraq and its unravelling under decades of conflicts and Western interventions in the country. His upcoming book manuscript, When Wounds Travel, chronicles close to a decade of ethnographic research and public health practice work in the Middle East, on war wounds, populations displacement, and the reconfigurations of war and health ecologies.  

Julien Musolino

Degree: PH.D.
Specialty: Cognitive Science
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Office: Psychology 211, Busch campus

Phone: (848) 445-4061

Bio: Julien Musolino is a cognitive scientist, public speaker, and author who holds a dual appointment in the Psychology Department and the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS). Julien is also a member of the graduate faculty in the Philosophy Department at Rutgers. Julien was born and raised in France, and studied at the University of Geneva, in neighboring Switzerland, the University of North Wales, Bangor, in the United Kingdom, the University of Maryland, and the University of Pennsylvania. At Rutgers, Julien co-directs the Human Computational Cognition Laboratory (https://sites.rutgers.edu/ccm-lab) in collaboration with Dr. Pernille Hemmer. His research spans a broad range of topics in the sciences of the mind with the overarching goal of shedding light on what makes our intelligence distinctively human. Research topics include questions about language, rationality, agency, memory, and belief formation/updating. Julien’s research has been published in leading international journals and it has been funded by the NIH and the NSF. Julien’s work also takes a public dimension and explores the implications of cognitive science for a range of issues of broader societal importance. Julien has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards for his outreach efforts, he has appeared on national television, participated in public debates, his work has been discussed in popular magazines, and he has been a guest on radio and podcast programs in the United States and abroad. 

Paul Duberstein

Public Health
Degree:  PH.D.
Specialty: Clinical and Community Psychology
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Office: School of Public Health, Hoes Lane West, 315

Phone: (732) 235-4752

Bio: Dr. Paul Duberstein is a public health psychologist, gerontologist, social justice advocate, and researcher.  He is chair of the Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in November 2018, he held appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Duberstein has published more than 250 scientific papers and has received awards in recognition of his contributions to personality psychology, suicidology, medical faculty mentor ship, and community outreach.

Dr. Duberstein left his faculty position in an academic medical center for a leadership position in a School of Public Health because he wanted his work to have an impact beyond academia. He is interested in developing interventions and shaping policy to promote mental health, foster healthy aging and improve end-of-life care. He serves on the board of the Goals of Care Coalition New Jersey and on the Biomedical Ethics Committee of Penn Medicine-Princeton Health.

Elissa Kozlov

School of Public Health
Degree: PH.D.
Specialty: Clinical Psychology, Aging and Developmental Psychology
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Phone: (914) 715-3012

Bio: Dr. Kozlov received her PhD in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis with dual focuses in Clinical Psychology and Aging and Developmental Psychology. Following graduate school, she completed an internship in geropsychology at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. She then pursued at T32 fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine in Behavioral Geriatrics. Throughout graduate school and internship, Dr. Kozlov completed clinical rotations in settings that serve older adults and adults with serious illness including hospice, palliative care, cancer hospitals and nursing homes.

Dr. Kozlov has two complimentary research areas. One area focuses on improving psychological outcomes for older adults and adults with serious illness. As part of this line of research, Dr. Kozlov has documented the gaps in mental health care within palliative care as well as the trajectory and prevalence of depressive symptoms at the end of life. Dr. Kozlov is currently working on a KL2 grant to pilot mHealth mindfulness therapy with caregivers of older adults with cognitive impairment to determine its feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy at improving quality of life and reducing caregiver stress anxiety and depression. Dr. Kozlov's other  area of research focuses on how to increase overall access to, awareness of, and knowledge about palliative care. As part of this research program, she developed the Palliative Care Knowledge Scale (PaCKS), a brief scale designed to assess layperson knowledge of palliative care and piloted a brief web-based intervention to improve knowledge of palliative care. She also documented knowledge deficits surrounding palliative care and analyzed web-based palliative care information pages to better understand what information about palliative care is available to laypersons. Dr. Kozlov has also developed scales and methodology to assess unmet palliative care needs in community-dwelling older adults who attend congregate meal sites (e.g., senior centers). 


Elaine LaFay

Degree: PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Specialty: Environmental History, History of Medicine and US History 
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Bio:  Elaine LaFay is a historian of climate and the body, specializing in the nineteenth-century United States. My current research seeks to understand the entanglements between climatology, medicine, and imperialism. My RCHA project, At the Tropics' Brink: Climates of Disease and Empire in the Nineteenth-Century Gulf South, explores how medical and atmospheric knowledge were entangled with American imperial anxieties and ambitions in the newly acquired territories of the Gulf South—Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. 

Trip McCrossin

Specialty:  Early Modern Philosophy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, applied ethics, and the relationship between philosophy and popular culture.
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Bio: Trip McCrossin has been a member of Rutgers' Philosophy Department since 2003, working in various ways on the history and legacy of the Enlightenment in philosophy and popular culture.