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Amy Krentzman

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
M.S.W., New York University
B.A., Northwestern University

School of Social Work
Room 183 PetersH
1404 Gortner Ave

Areas of Interest

Alcohol and substance use disorders, addiction treatment and recovery, 12-step programs, spirituality, gratitude, forgiveness, positive psychology, and communication skills in social work practice.


Amy Krentzman is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work and at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota and an Adjunct Research Investigator in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Krentzman is a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) funded Training Fellow with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Program (ADEP) for Social Work Faculty.

Dr. Krentzman’s research focuses on factors that promote the initiation and maintenance of recovery from alcohol and other substance use disorders, particularly the mechanisms of therapeutic change that are precipitated by professional treatment, recovery community organizations, and 12-step programs.

Current research projects include the development and testing of positive psychology interventions for individuals with alcohol and substance use disorders, the relationship between spirituality and alcoholism recovery, and the role of sober living houses on women's long-term abstinence.

Recent Activities

See Google Scholar for a complete list of Dr. Krentzman's work.


Selected Publications

  1. Krentzman, A. R., Webb, J. R., Jester, J. M., Harris, J. I. (2018). Longitudinal relationship between forgiveness of self and forgiveness of others among individuals with alcohol use disorders. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 10(2), 128-137.

  2. Krentzman, A. R. (2017). Gratitude, abstinence, and alcohol use disorders: Report of a preliminary finding. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 78, 30-36

  3. Krentzman, A. R., Strobbe, S., Harris, I. J., Jester, J.M. & Robinson, E. A. R. (2017). Decreased drinking and Alcoholics Anonymous are associated with different dimensions of spirituality. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 9 (Suppl 1): S40-S48.

  4. Krentzman, A. R. (2017). Longitudinal Differences in Spirituality and Religiousness between Men and Women in Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 9(Suppl 1): S11

  5. Krentzman, A. R. & Barker, S. L. (2016) Counselors’ perspectives of positive psychology for the treatment of addiction. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 34(4), 1-16.

  6. Krentzman, A.R., Mannella, K.A., Hassett, A.L., Barnett, N., Cranford, J.A., Brower, K.J., Higgins, M.M., & Meyer, P.S. (2015). Feasibility, Acceptability, and Impact of a Web-based Gratitude Exercise among Individuals in Outpatient Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 10(6), 477-488.

  7. Krentzman, A.R., Higgins, M.M., Staller, K., Klatt, E.S. (2015). Alexithymia, Emotional Dysregulation, and Recovery from Alcoholism: Therapeutic Response to Assessment of Mood. Qualitative Health Research 25(6), 794-805.

  8. Krentzman, A.R., Cranford, J.A. & Robinson, E.A.R. (2015). Long-Term Increases in Purpose in Life are Associated with Remission from Alcohol Dependence. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 33(3), 252-369.

  9. Krentzman, A. R. (2015, Fall). The yin and yang of positive psychology and addiction. Invited essay. The Addictions Newsletter of the American Psychological Association, Division 50.

  10. Krentzman, A. R.; Cranford, J. A.; & Robinson, E. A. R. (2013): Multiple Dimensions of Spirituality in Recovery: A Lagged Mediational Analysis of Alcoholics Anonymous’ Principal Theoretical Mechanism of Behavior Change, Substance Abuse, 34:1, 20-32.

  11. Krentzman, A. R. (2013). Review of the Application of Positive Psychology to Substance Use, Addiction, and Recovery Research. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(1), 151-165.

  12. Krentzman, A. R., Pagano, M. E., Bradley, J. C., Johnson, S. M., Battle, D., Andrade, F. H., Delva, J., & Robinson, E. A. R. (2012). The role of religiousness on substance-use disorder treatment outcomes: A comparison of Black and White adolescents. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 3, 104-128.

  13. Krentzman, A. R., Brower, K. J., Robinson, E. A. R., & Cranford, J.A. (2012). Gender and extraversion as moderators of the association between AA and sobriety. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 44-52.

Selected Presentations

  1. Krentzman, A. R. (2018, June). Gratitude in Alcoholics Anonymous and its Relationship to Addiction Recovery. Presentation at the mutual-help pre-conference satellite preceding the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA.

  2. Krentzman, A. R., Goodenough, K. E., Banerjee, R., and Daughters, S. B. (2018, June). Gratitude and positive activity planning to support recovery from alcohol and substance use disorders. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA.

  3. Krentzman, A. R. (2017, December). Spirituality, religiousness, and addiction recovery. Panel presentation at the Power of Minds conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.