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Terri Erbacher-Duff, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor



Dr. Erbacher-Duff 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 to pursue both her M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in School Psychology from Temple University. As a Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Terri has worked as a full-time School Psychologist for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) since 1999. She has taught previously at both Temple and Widener Universities and is delighted to have joined the PCOM faculty in 2007. Dr. Terri’s expertise focuses on counseling high school students, supervision of School Psychology Interns, and most notably, crisis prevention and intervention. 
Dr. Terri is a Trainer for NASP’s PRePARE Model of Crisis Prevention, Intervention and Recovery in Schools, is an American Association of Suicidology Certified School Suicide Prevention Specialist, and is a certificated as a Grief and Traumatic Loss specialist. Dr. Erbacher-Duff is past President for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and past Chair of the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Survivor of Suicide as a Clinical Scientific Advisor and serves on the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. 
Dr. Terri created and is the editor of a suicide prevention newsletter that has reached readers throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. Dr. Terri has also written many articles and manuals and has given multiple in-service presentations, seminars and keynote speeches on this topic. As a consultant, Dr. Terri has been called to local districts to conduct postvention activities with staff and students in the aftermath of suicide and other crises and facilitates grief support groups for students who have suffered loss. 
Due to her expertise and dedication to suicide prevention efforts, Dr. Erbacher-Duff has been the recipient of multiple honorable awards, including the 2007 Survivors of Suicide Award, the 2010 Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force Award, the 2013 Delaware County Intermediate Unit Service to the Community Award, and the 2013 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Lifesaver of the Year Award. Dr. Erbacher-Duff was also named Pennsylvania’s School Psychologist of the Year Award for 2011. 
As health psychology (mind-body relationships) is an important facet of Dr. Terri’s practice both professionally and personally, she finds it important to maintain balance. She is a certified Pilates instructor and finds time for many outdoor activities she enjoys including kayaking, backpacking, running, and traveling extensively. 
Radio Interview with Dr. Dan Gottlieb – Voices in the Family on NPR/WHYY:
Clear Radio Interview Q102 Podcast available at: 
Selected Publications:
Erbacher, T. (2013, Spring). Grief, trauma and recovery for the Sandy Hook survivors. Insight, 33(3), 3-4. 
Erbacher, T (2013). The ethics of youth suicide and risk assessment in practice. Digest (1), 16-17.
Erbacher, T. (2013, Winter). The Sandy Hook shooting: Helping the helpers. Insight, 33(2), 7-4. 
Erbacher, T. (2011, June) In the ether; Out of view: Cyberbullying and Suicide Risk. The Pennsylvania Psychologist, 71(6), 23-25.
Erbacher, T. & Curtis, C. (2012, June) The hate that lingers: LGBTQ teens face discrimination, high suicide risk. The Pennsylvania Psychologist, 72(6), 18-19.
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., 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. 
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.
Selected Presentations:
Chung, E., McKeighan, D., Erbacher, T. (2013). Suicide prevention and awareness for police and first responders. Police academy workshop, Delaware County, PA. 
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 Psychologists, PA.
Erbacher, T. (2011, March). The Elephant in the Room: Practical Strategies for Clinicians Dealing with Suicide Grief 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, NJ. 
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., Harris, C. & Burns, J. (2011, November). Finding the Light Within: Mural Arts Project. Presentation for the Delaware County Suicide Prevention and Awareness Task Force (DCSPATF) 8th Annual Symposium on Suicide, Springfield, 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.