Terry Petrenchik is chair and associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and director of the clinical doctorate program. She earned a Ph.D. in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Petrenchik has held faculty positions at universities in the U.S. and Canada including McMaster University, University of New Mexico, and Northern Arizona University. She was a founding member of the McMaster-Community Poverty Initiative and has served as an invited expert on panels hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (Children and Youth at Risk Branch). She is a graduate of Georgetown University's Leadership Academy to Address Disparities in Mental Health Care, a part of SAMSHA's Eliminating Disparities Initiative, and she is a member of the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED).
Petrenchik's research area is in child and adolescent mental health, particularly trauma and resilience. She is a contributing author on the first occupational therapy text concerning mental health promotion and prevention approaches for children and youth. She is currently involved in workforce development in resilience and recovery-oriented practices, as well as health professions graduate student training in trauma informed care. She serves as an invited expert on the national community of practice in childhood trauma. Petrenchik has published work in the following journals: Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, BMC Pediatrics, Child: Health and Development, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, Children's Health Care, Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, and Occupational Therapy in Healthcare. As an expert in her field, she's been invited to speak on numerous topics and research at national conferences.
Petrenchik teaches courses on the following topics:
- Evidence Based Practice
- Measurement & Assessment
- Trauma-Informed Practice in OT
- Case-Based Seminars in OT