TERRI A. ERBACHER, PHD
Department of Psychology
Clinical Associate Professor


Terri A. Erbacher, PhD

Contact

Email: terrierb@pcom.edu
Office: 610-566-1610
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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 Ph.D. 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."

As the mind-body relationship is particularly important to her, Dr. Erbacher is also a Certified Pilates instructor or you can often find her hiking in the woods, kayaking, or simply spending time with friends and family. Her one-year-old daughter is the light of her life.

  • Education

    B.A. degree - Hofstra University
    M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in School Psychology - Temple University

  • Courses

    Crisis Prevention and Intervention at Home and School
    School Psychology EdS Internship Supervision

  • Research

    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.

  • Awards

    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.

  • Publications

    Selected Publications

    Cook, A. & Erbacher, T. (2016, Winter). An adversity and resiliency journey through the lens of an African-American psychology graduate student. Insight, 36(2), 12-13.

    Erbacher, T.A. (2015, Spring). Reporting of suicide in the media: Minimizing contagion from a suicide researcher’s perspective. Insight, 35(3), 6. 

    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., 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.

    Erbacher, T.A., Singer, J.B. & Poland, S. (2015). Suicide in Schools: A practitioner's guide to multi-level prevention, assessment, intervention, and postvention. New York, Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0415857031.

    Erbacher, T.A. & Singer, J.B. (2017). Suicide Risk Monitoring: The Missing Piece in Suicide Risk Assessment. Contemporary School Psychology. DOI: 10.1007/s40688-017-0164-8.

    Fisher, C. & Erbacher, T. (2016, Fall). Trauma-informed care in the juvenile justice system. Insight, 37(1), 9-11.

    Singer, J.B., Erbacher, T.A. & Rosen, P. (2018). School-Based Suicide Prevention: A Framework for Evidence-Based Practice. School Mental Health. DOI: 10.1007/s12310-018-9245-8.


    Selected Presentations

    Chung, E., McKeighan, D., Erbacher, T. (2017). Suicide prevention and awareness for police and first responders. Police academy workshop, Delaware County, PA. (presented multiple sessions between 2014 and 2017)

    Erbacher, T.A. (2018). The elephant in the room: Assessment and management of suicide risk. A full-day workshop presented at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. (also presented in various other locations and school districts since 2008).

    Erbacher, T.A. (2016). Trauma-informed care in schools: The ACES Study. Inservice presented to Delaware County Crisis Response Team Members, Delaware County, PA. (also presented in various other locations and school districts since 2015).

    Erbacher, T.A. (2016). Trauma and mental health in schools. Teacher in-service presented at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School. (also presented in various other locations and school districts in 2016).

    Erbacher, T.A. (2017). Suicide in schools: Postvention. Presentation to collaborative of Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative, Prevent Suicide PA, and Northeast Intermediate Unit. (also presented in various other locations and school districts since 2014).

    Erbacher, T.A. (2017). Teens at risk: The mask of depression. Presentation to parents of Springfield School District, Montgomery County. (also presented in various other locations and school districts since 2015).

    Erbacher, T.A. (2018). You are a lifesaver: Suicide prevention and awareness for school staff. Presented at Bonner & Prendie High School, Drexel Hill, PA. (also presented in various other locations since 2008).

    Erbacher, T.A. (2016). Grief and loss among our youth: Strategies for healing. Seminar presented to the Student Assistance Program Team Members and Providers of Delaware County, PA. (also presented in various other locations and school districts since 2014).

    Erbacher, T.A. (2014). Suicide prevention and safe schools. Presentation at Delaware County District Attorney’s Safe Schools Summit, Delaware County, PA. (also presented in various other locations and school districts since 2008).

    Erbacher, T.A. (2016). PREPaRE training: school crisis prevention and intervention training curriculum: Workshops 1 & 2, 2nd edition. Three-day workshop presented at Delaware County Intermediate Unit (also presented in various other locations and school districts since 2009).

    Erbacher, T., McKeighan, D. & Chung, E. (2014). Suicide: Warning signs and screening for risk. CME presentation at Taylor Hospital, PA. (also presented in various other locations since 2009).

    Lam, W., Erbacher, T.A., Poland, S. (2015). In Their Own Words: Perceived Experiences and Family Functioning of Suicide Survivors in the Aftermath of Suicide Loss. Symposium presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Orlando, FL.

     

    Selected Radio Interviews

    Burns, J., Singer, J., Erbacher, T. & Williams, C. (Guests). (2011, November 7). Suicide: Finding the Light Within [Radio Show]. In D. Gottlieb (Host), Voices in the Family, WHYY, Philadelphia, PA. [Listen to podcast]

    Erbacher, T., Siciliano, C., & Hopely, M. (Guests). (2012, March). Suicide prevention and awareness. [Radio Show]. In L. Ballard-Morrill (Host), Clear Radio: Q102, Radio 104.5, Mix 106, Philadelphia, PA. [Listen to podcast]

    Erbacher, T.A. & Singer, J. (Guests). (2015, January 12). Schools must be prepared to respond to suicides, experts say. [Radio Interview] Maiken Scott (Host). WHYY, Philadelphia, PA. [Web article version and audio

    Erbacher, T. & Singer, J. (Guests). (2011, December). Facebook urges users to report suicidal posts [Radio Interview]. Maiken Scott (Host) The Pulse, WHYY, Philadelphia, PA. [Web article version]

     

  • Memberships

    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