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About Terri A Erbacher

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.


Present Clinical Associate Professor, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Psychology
Present School Psychologist, Bonner & Prendergast High School


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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 LIfesaver of the Year Award, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • 2011 Pennsylvania School Psychologist of the Year

Contact Information

P: 610-566-1610


Scholarly Articles (3)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (1)

News Media (2)

Suicide Prevention and Recovery Resources (5)

Other (1)