Background and Publications


Bachelor of Science, Clarkson University (Psychology, with concentration in Math), 1989 

Master of Science, University of Georgia (Psychology), 1992 

Ph.D., University of Georgia (Social Psychology), 1995


Greenier, K. D. (2015).  Seeing you fall vs. taking you down:  The roles of agency and liking in schadenfreude.  Psychological Reports, 116(3), 941-953.

          Found that feelings of schadenfreude (pleasure in the misfortunes of others) were strongest when the participant was directly responsible for the downfall of a rude other (vs just being a passive observer of it).


Greenier, K.D., Devereaux, R.S., Hawkins, K.C., Hancock, S.D., & Johnston, M. (2001). Social facilitation: The quest for true mere presence. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 16 (1), 19-34.

          Tested a new technique for creating mere presence (a present, but non-evaluative, audience). Mere presence was sufficient to affect task performance, especially on an easy task


Greenier, K.D., Kernis, M.H., Whisenhunt, C.R., Waschull, S.B., Berry, A.J., Herlocker, C.E., & Abend, T.A. (1999). Individual  differences in reactivity to daily events:  Examining the roles of stability and level of self-esteem. Journal of Personality, 67 (1), 185-208.

          Had people record the most positive and most negative events that happened to them each day for two weeks, and their reactions to those events. Found (among other things) that people with unstable self-esteem were more likely to be strongly affected by daily events (i.e., to have their self-esteem increase or decrease as result of the events) - especially for negative events.


Kernis, M.H., Whisenhunt, C.R., Waschull, S.B., Greenier, K.D., Berry, A.J., Herlocker, C.E., & Anderson, C.A. (1998). Multiple facets of self-esteem and their relations to depressive symptoms. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24(6), 657-668.  

          Found that depressive symptoms were highest among people with unstable low self-esteem. People with unstable self-esteem (regardless of whether it was high or low) showed the largest amount of increase in depressive symptoms over time, especially if such people reported substantial daily hassles. 


Kernis, M.H., Greenier, K.D., Herlocker, C.E., Whisenhunt, C.R., & Abend, T.A.  (1997).  Self perceptions of reactions to doing well or poorly: The roles of stability and level of self-esteem. Personality and Individual Differences, 22, 845-854.  


Greenier, K.D., Kernis, M.H., & Waschull, S.B. (1995).  Not all high (or low) self-esteem people are the same: Theory and research on stability of self-esteem.  In M.H. Kernis (Ed.), Efficacy, Agency, and Self-esteem (pp. 51-71).  New York: Plenum.  

          Chapter review of theory and research on stability of self-esteem. 


Pegalis, L.J., Shaffer, D.R., Bazzini, D.G., & Greenier, K. (1993). On the ability to elicit self-disclosure: Are there gender-based and contextual limitations on the opener effect? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 20, 412-420.  

          Found that women self-disclose (reveal personal information to another) more than men when social interactions are expected, but men self-disclose more than women when work-related interactions are expected.