Dr. Erbacher is a clinical associate professor in the school psychology program at
PCOM. A New England native, she moved to New York to pursue her B.A. degree from Hofstra
University before relocating to Philadelphia to pursue both her M.Ed. and PhD degrees
in School Psychology from Temple University. As a certified school psychologist and
licensed psychologist, Dr. Erbacher has worked for the Delaware County Intermediate
Unit (DCIU) since 1999 and is delighted to have joined the PCOM faculty in 2007. Dr.
Erbacher's expertise focuses on providing mental health support, supervision of school
psychology interns, and most notably, crisis prevention and intervention, grief and
trauma, as well as assessment and management of suicide risk. Dr. Erbacher also conducts
trauma evaluations for adjudicated youth in the juvenile court system.
Dr. Erbacher 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 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 has also served as a Clinical Scientific Advisor to the Board of Directors of Survivor of Suicide and on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. She currently serves on the Suicide Prevention Committee of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and is the Crisis Committee Chairperson of the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Erbacher is an author, distinguished speaker, guest expert in the media, and often consults and responds to local school districts in the aftermath of a critical incident. She is also the lead author of the important and innovative text "Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention."
B.A. degree - Hofstra University
M.Ed. and PhD degrees in School Psychology - Temple University
Crisis Prevention and Intervention at Home and School
School Psychology EdS Internship Supervision
Dr. Terri's research focuses on various aspects suicide prevention, intervention and postvention response and the traumatic impact this loss has on those left behind.
Due to her expertise and dedication to suicide prevention efforts, Dr. Terri 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 was also named Pennsylvania's School Psychologist of the Year Award for 2011.
American Association of Suicidology
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Philadelphia Chapter - Past President
Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania - Executive Board Member (Crisis Committee Chairperson)
Delaware County Association of School Psychologists
Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force - Past President
National Association of School Psychology
Pennsylvania Psychological Association – Suicide Prevention Committee
Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative – Past Board Member
Survivors of Suicide, Inc. – Past Board Member