College of Education and Human Development

School of Social Work

Amy Krentzman

  • Pronouns: she, her, hers

  • Associate Professor

Areas of interest

Alcohol and other substance use disorders, addiction treatment and recovery, 12-step programs, sober living houses, spirituality, gratitude, forgiveness, positive psychology, journaling to support addiction recovery, recovery in rural communities, and communication skills in social work practice.


PhD, Case Western Reserve University
MSW, New York University
BA, Northwestern University


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, sober living houses, recovery community organizations, and mutual-aid programs. Recent research projects explore the experience of addiction recovery in rural communities and journaling to support addiction recovery.

Selected Activities

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Charzynska, E., Wnuk, M. & Krentzman, A. R. (2023). The 12-step pathway to spiritual growth and gratitude and its relationship with well-being among members of Sexaholics Anonymous in Poland. Journal of Religion and Health

Krentzman, A. R., Hoeppner, B. B., Hoeppner, S. S., & Barnett, N. P. Development, feasibility, acceptability, and impact of a positive psychology journaling intervention to support addiction recovery. (2022 online) The Journal of Positive Psychology.

Krentzman, A. R. & Glass, L. K. (2021). Gossip and addiction recovery in rural communities. Qualitative Health Research, 31(14), 2571-2584.

Krentzman, A. R., Sharratt, M., Mannella, K. A., Foster, K. T., Yarosh, S., & Jester, J. M. (2021). Characteristics of women in sober living houses: Baseline characteristics and their associations with reasons for leaving. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.

Krentzman, A. R. (2021). Helping clients engage with remote mutual aid for addiction recovery during COVID-19 and beyond. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 39(3), 348-365.

Krentzman, A. R. (2019). A full and thankful heart: Writings about gratitude by Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder, Bill Wilson. Addiction Research & Theory. doi: 10.1080/16066359.2018.1547816.

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. (2015, Fall). The yin and yang of positive psychology and addiction. Invited essay. The Addictions Newsletter of the American Psychological Association, Division 50, also available on SocArXiv Papers.

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. (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.