Dr. Erbacher is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program at
PCOM. A New England native, Dr. Erbacher moved to New York to pursue her B.A. degree
from Hofstra University before relocating to Philadelphia, where she received both
her M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in School Psychology from Temple University.
As a Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Erbacher has worked
as a full-time School Psychologist for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU)
since 2000. She has taught previously at both Temple and Widener Universities and
is happy to have joined the PCOM faculty in 2007. Dr. Erbacher’s specific population
and program expertise include counseling high school students, learning disabilities,
early intervention, supervision of School Psychology Interns and mentoring first year
psychologists and counselors. Dr. Erbacher is extensively trained in crisis management,
including Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and is a Trainer of Trainers
for NASP’s PRePARE Model of Crisis Prevention, Intervention and Recovery in Schools.
She is an American Association of Suicidology Certified School Suicide Prevention
Specialist and is also certificated as a Specialist in Grief and Traumatic Loss.
Dr. Erbacher currently holds the position of Board President for the Philadelphia
Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and is previous Chair of
the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force. Dr. Erbacher created and is the
editor of a suicide prevention newsletter that has reached readers throughout Pennsylvania
and beyond. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Survivor of Suicide
as their Chief Scientific Advisor and was most recently asked to serve on the Executive
Committee of the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. Dr. Erbacher also
serves on the School Communications Committee for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
As suicide prevention is a particular area of research interest, Dr. Erbacher has
written many articles and given multiple in-service presentations, seminars, and keynote
speeches on this topic, reaching out to teachers, school administration, parents and
the community, as well as those bereaved by suicide. As part of the county crisis
team, Dr. Erbacher has been called to local districts in Delaware County to work with
staff and students in the aftermath of suicide and runs grief support groups for students
who have suffered loss. Due to her expertise and dedication to suicide prevention
efforts, Dr. Erbacher was the recipient of both the 2007 Survivors of Suicide Award
and the 2010 Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force Award. Dr. Erbacher has
also been awarded Pennsylvania's School Psychologist of the Year Award for 2011 from
the Pennsylvania Association of School Psychologists.
As health psychology (mind-body relationships) is also an important facet of Dr. Erbacher's
practice both professionally and personally, it is integral for her to maintain balance.
She therefore is a certified Pilates instructor and also enjoys and finds time for
many outdoor activities including kayaking, backpacking, running, and traveling extensively.
Voices in the Family on NPR/WHYY with Dr. Dan Gottlieb. Podcast available at: http://www.whyy.org/91FM/voices.html
Erbacher, T. (2011, June) In the ether, Out of biew: Cyberbullying and Suicide Risk. The Pennsylvania
Psychologist, 71(6), 23-25.
Erbacher, T. (2010, May-June). Tenn suicide and suicide clusters: A community-health problem.
Delware County Medical Society Journal, Delaware County, PA. Online: http://delcomedsoc.org/features/may-june10/Teen_Suicide_for_SCMS.pdf
Erbacher, T. (2010, March). I never thought this would happen! How to help teens deal with suicide
grief. Pennsylvania Psychological Association News. Online: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs050/1100463481128/archive/1103173997917.html#LETTER.BLOCK10.
Erbacher, T.A. (2003, February). Parental spanking: Should it be illegal? The Pennsylvania School
Psychologist Quarterly, 19-20.
Erbacher, T.A. & Hyman, I.A. (2005, October). Corporal Punishment. In S.W. Lee (Ed.), Encyclopedia
of School Psychology (pp. 120-122). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Erbacher, T. & Salvatore, T. (2009). Suicide loss: What teens need to know – Self-help for young
people who have lost a family member or friend to suicide. Booklet published by, and
with, funds from a grant provided by the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Morton,
Erbacher, T., Tomes, Y.I., Czarnecki, T., Gilmartin, C., Ryder, D., Thammavongsa, V., Watson, E.
& Webb, L. (2009). The other diversity: The cost of being GLBTQ in America’s health/mental
healthcare. In J.L. Chin (Ed.), Volume Set: Diversity in mind and in action. Westport,
CT: Praeger Publishers.
Fiorello, C.A., Hyman, I., Rosenfeld, J.G., Erbacher, T., Agresta, J., & Altschuler, K. (1999, Winter). School Psychology and the clinical/medical
model: Tales of dinosaurs and straw men. Trainer’s Forum: Periodical of the Trainers
of School Psychology, 17(2), 1-5.
Hyman, I.A., Cavallo, F., Erbacher, T.A., Spangler, J., & Stafford III, J.J. (1997, Fall). Corporal punishment in America:
Cultural wars in politics, religion and science. Children’s Legal Rights Journal,
Erbacher, T. (2011, November). Paving the way: Toward a county-wide approach of suicide
prevention. Presentation to Philadelphia Behavioral Health, Philadelphia, PA
Erbacher, T. (2011, April). Ethical Suicide Risk Assessment: Initial Interviews &
Monitoring Suicidality. Seminar presented to the Delaware COunty Association of School
Erbacher, T. (2011, March). The Elephant in the Room: Practical Strategies for Clinicians
Dealing with Suicide Greif in Teens and Adolescents. A full-day workshop presented
at Widener University's Post Graduate Center, Chester, PA.
Erbacher, T. (2010, May). You are a lifesaver: Suicide prevention and awareness for
school staff. In-service presentation to Delaware County Student Assistance Team Members
and Providers, PA.
Erbacher, T.A. (2008, November). Suicidal risk assessment. Psychiatry Grand Rounds
continuing education presentation at Princeton House Behavioral Health, Princeton,
Erbacher, T.A. (2008, November). Teen groups for the suicide bereaved. Presentation
for the Delaware County Suicide Prevention and Awareness Task Force (DCSPATF) 5th
Annual Symposium on Suicide: A community-wide health problem, Drexel Hill, PA.
Erbacher, T.A. (2007, November). To be a lifesaver: A comprehensive understanding
of youth suicidal risk assessment. Presentation for the Rovinsky Family Lectureship
at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.
Erbacher, T.A. (2000, August). Cross cultural perspectives on corporal punishment:
Methodological issues. Paper presented at the 2000 Annual Convention of the American
Psychological Association (APA), Washington D.C.
Erbacher, T. & Gilmartin, C. (2010, May). Bullying, cyber-bullying and teen suicide risk. In-service
presentation to Interboro School District teachers and staff, Delaware County, PA.
Erbacher, T. & Salvatore, T. (2010). Suicide prevention 101: What teens need to know. Presentation
to Delaware County High School in the aftermath of a suicide, Delaware County, PA.
Erbacher, T.A., Thammavongsa, N.V., Ryder, D.M., & Watson, E. (2008, February). Cultural competence
and suicidal youth: Intervening sensitively with this preventable, community health
problem. Symposium presentation at Teachers College of Columbia University’s 25th
Annual Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education, New York, NY.
Fakinos, M., Halkias, D., Serafidou, J., Eisenstein, J., Erbacher, T., & Hyman, I. (2001, May). Corporal punishment as means of discipline: Experiences
and attitudes of Greece in 2000. Paper presented at the 8th Panhellenic Psychological
Conference, Alexandroupolis Conference, Alexandroupolis, Greece.
Hyman, I.A., Erbacher, T.A., Eisenstein, J.M., Stafford, J.J., Swoszowski-Tran, K., Grant, T.T., Curran, K, & Strauss,
M. (2000, August). Cross cultural perspectives on corporal punishment and abusive
discipline. Symposium presented at the 2000 Annual International Convention of the
American Psychological Association (APA), Washington D.C.