Amanda D. Zelechoski, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP

Professor of Psychology | Founding Director of Clinical Training

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Zelechoski (zell-uh-husky) is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and attorney, specializing in trauma. In addition to serving as Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at PNW, she also co-founded the digital resource hub and nonprofit organization, Pandemic Parenting.

Research Overview

Zelechoski’s research examines the intersection between psychology, law, and trauma, particularly for underserved populations. This includes evaluating psychological and forensic assessment methods, as well as working across systems to implement evidence-based, trauma-informed practices. Most recently, she conducted research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and parents, which led to the creation of Pandemic Parenting, a free digital resource platform and non-profit organization.

Ask me about my worst job interview. Or about the time I accidentally flew to the wrong country. Or about how I never, in a million years, thought I’d want to become a professor. I can’t wait to meet you and chat about all things psychology, including our most successful failures!

Select Publications

Zelechoski, A. D., Cross, H. L., Luehrs, R., Freedle, A., Bruick, S., Harrison, K., Hayrynen, A., Hrebic, L., Dibley, E., & Will, K. (2021). Trauma assessment in juvenile justice: are we asking the right questions in the right ways?. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma30(3), 324-346.

Zelechoski, A. D., Wolbransky, M., & Riggs Romaine, C. L. (2018). Activities for teaching psychology and law: A guide for instructors. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Taube, D. O., Scroppo, J., & Zelechoski, A. D. (2018). Nine risk management lessons for practitioners. Practice Innovations, 3, 271-283.

Teaching Focus

Zelechoski has been teaching undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses for over 12 years and has taught a wide range of topics, including forensic psychology, trauma, psychopathology, lifespan and child/adolescent development, therapy/counseling, professional ethics, research methods, professional development in psychology, and Inside-Out Prison Exchange courses. Her favorite part of teaching is incorporating hands-on experiential activities and real-world simulations for students to practice and apply what they’re learning!

Previous Roles

Prior to coming to PNW, Zelechoski spent 10 years as faculty in the Psychology Department at Valparaiso University, where she also developed and directed the Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care program. Additional previous roles include serving as a Risk Management Consultant for The Trust (2016-2020) and Associate Editor of Law and Human Behavior (2018-2019).

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Amanda Zelechoski is helping to build capacity and synergy in mental health training at PNW

What appealed to me about PNW was the strong partnerships already established with the surrounding community.

Meet Professor Zelechoski

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(219) 989-2715

Office Location:

Porter Hall 218C (Hammond)
LSF 063 (Westville)


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship – The Trauma Center at JRI
  • Predoctoral Internship – University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Ph.D. – Clinical Psychology, Drexel University
  • J.D. – Villanova University
  • B.A. – Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Areas of Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law, Ethics and Risk Management

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Board-Certified in Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • Licensed Psychologist and Attorney
  • Society of Innovators Team Award (2022)
  • NWI Community Action ACEs Champion Award (2022)
  • APA Div. 56 Award for Media Contributions to the Field of Trauma Psychology (2021)
  • APA Div. 37 Child and Family Citizen Psychologist Award (2021)
  • Indiana Psychological Assoc. Distinguished Community Service in Psychology Award
  • Valparaiso University Martin Luther King Jr. Award (2020)