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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 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."


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


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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, American Association of Suicidology
Present Executive Board Member (Crisis Committee Chairperson), Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania
Present Member, Delaware County Association of School Psychologists
Present Member, National Association of School Psychology
Present Suicide Prevention Committee, Pennsylvania Psychological Association
President, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Philadelphia Chapter
President, Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force
Board Member, Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative
Board Member, Survivors of Suicide, Inc.
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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
  • 2007 Survivors of Suicide Award
  • 2010 Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force Award
  • 2013 Delaware County Intermediate Unit Service to the Community Award


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


BA, Hofstra University
MEd, Temple University ‐ School Psychology
PhD, Temple University ‐ School Psychology

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)