Dr. Erbacher is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program at
PCOM. A New England native, Terri 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, Terri 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 creadted and is the
editor of a sucide prevention newsletter that has reached readers throughout Pennsylvanis
and beyond. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Survivor of Sucide as
their Cheif 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 sucide prevention is a particular area of reserach 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 adminsitration, 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 ggroups for students who have suffered
loss. Due to her expertise and dedication to suicide prevention efforts, Dr. Erbacher
was the recipoent of both the 2007 Survivors of Suicide Award and the 2010 Delaware
County Suicide Prevention Task Force Award. Most recently, Dr. Erbacher was 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, PA.
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, 17(4), 36-46.
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,
Erbacher, T.A. (2008, November). Suicidal risk assessment. Psychiatry Grand Rounds continuing education presentation at Princeton House Behavioral
Health, Princeton, NJ.
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
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
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
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.