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Dr. Terri Erbacher, Ph.D.

School Psychologist - School Psychologist - DCIU, Professor - PCOM

Terri A. Erbacher, Ph.D. has practiced as a School Psychologist for 20 years with the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) and joined the School Psychology faculty at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. Amongst many board roles, Dr. Terri is past President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is past Chair of the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force, and served on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. She currently serves as the Crisis Committee Chairperson for the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania and has been active in the enactment of legislation including Act 71. Dr. Erbacher is currently serving on the Pennsylvania Commission for Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee workgroups to develop both Act 18’s Trauma-Informed Care Model Approach Plan as well as Threat Assessment guidelines.

Dr. Erbacher is an author, distinguished speaker, consultant, and guest expert in the media, including NPR. Dr. Erbacher’s expertise focuses on crisis management and response, trauma and PTSD, threat assessment in schools, suicide prevention and risk assessment, and complicated grief/loss. She has written extensively on these topics in book chapters, journal articles, and newsletters, and is a health contributor for She is the lead author of the important and innovative text Suicide in Schools released in 2015. Her passion for helping children in crisis and training schools and mental health professionals has led to her receiving multiple awards for her service to the community including those from the Survivors of Suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and DCIU. In 2011, Dr. Erbacher was named Pennsylvania’s School Psychologist of the Year.

A New England native, Dr. Erbacher now resides in Delaware County with her wonderful daughter   

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