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.
- Dr. Krentzman won the Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development, 2018.
- Dr. Krentzman presented on the topic Gratitude and addiction recovery at the Dawn Farm Education Series, Dawn Farm Treatment Center, Ypsilanti, MI.
- Dr. Krentzman interviewed about positive psychology and addiction recovery on the radio program "In Your Right Mind."
- Dr. Krentzman presented "Addiction 101: Myths and Misconceptions" to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association on February 28, 2017.
- The Gratitude Factor: New findings on what works in addiction recovery programs from an innovative social work scholar
- Professor Krentzman quoted in White Bear Press article "Mother's Letters Gave Addicted Son a Dose of Reality"
- Professor Krentzman's essay, "Yin and Yang of Postivie Psychology and Addiction" addresses the application of positive psychology to addiction recovery. Published by The American Psychological Association, Division 50 and appears in the Fall 2015 issue of The Addictions Newsletter
- Professor Krentzman wrote about "Positive Psychology and Addiction Recovery" on the Vision 2020 Blog of the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development.
- Professor Krentzman interviewed by the BBC for story "The many groups that have copied Alcoholics Anonymous."
- Professor Krentzman interviewed by the Carlat Report for story "Using Positive Psychology to Help People with Addictions."
- Professor Krentzman interviewed by MinnPost for story "Gratitude Practices Reinforce Recovery from Addiction, Pilot Study Finds."
- Professor Krentzman interviewed on the Roadhouse talk show of WTIP Community Radio, Grand Marais, MN, about her research on gratitude and addiction recovery.
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.
Krentzman, A. R. (2017). Gratitude, abstinence, and alcohol use disorders: Report of a preliminary finding. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 78, 30-36
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.
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
Krentzman, A. R. & Barker, S. L. (2016) Counselors’ perspectives of positive psychology for the treatment of addiction. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 34(4), 1-16.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Krentzman, A. R. (2017, December). Spirituality, religiousness, and addiction recovery. Panel presentation at the Power of Minds conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.