Terri A. Erbacher, Ph.D. is a Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania. She has practiced as a School Psychologist since 1999 and joined the School Psychology faculty at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. She began her private practice in 2014 to be able to better serve schools and communities nationally.
Dr. Terri Erbacher has vast experience as an author, distinguished speaker, consultant, and guest expert in the media, including NPR. Terri's expertise focuses on crisis management, trauma and PTSD, school mental health, 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 Philly.com. She is the lead author of the important and innovative text Suicide in Schools released in 2015.
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 and Act 18 in Pennsylvania. 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.
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 the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. Dr. Erbacher has received a commendation for her service from the Delaware County Council and has previously been 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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