Greenwood, Ronni, Dr.

Greenwood, Ronni, Dr.

Dr. Ronni Greenwood
+ 353 61 234618
Course Director B.A.
Psychology Department EM-018 University of Limerick




In the broadest sense, my research is concerned with ecological aspects of psychological well-being and distress amongst members of marginalized social groups. In research on recovery amongst adults with histories of homelessness, I investigate the ways in which homeless services providers foster (or undermine) service users' personal resources such as self-mastery, and the importance of mastery to social and psychological well-being. In research with immigrant women in Ireland, I investigate the role of social support in protecting members of visible immigrant groups from the psychological distress associated with exclusion from ordinary, invisible privileges. I take an intersectional approach to understanding the role of social identity complexity in well-being, and I use both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

So much of social psychological research has focused on conflict: how conflict arises, and how to reduce conflict. In my research, I strive to do away with the assumption of conflict and examine factors that give rise to understanding, commitment, and affinity between social groups. Related to this theme, I am interested in processes that underlie social categorization, political consciousness, collective responsibility, and solidarity.

I completed my PhD in Social/Personality Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center where I was fortunate to receive training from scholars such as Kay Deaux, Tracey Revenson, Gary Winkel, and Bill Cross. My thesis focused on the impact of diversity on solidarity within women's social movement organizations. Also while in New York City I collaborated with Dr. Sam Tsemberis in the New York Housing Study, a randomized and controlled four-year evaluation of Pathways to Housing, an alternative streets-to-homes intervention for adults with histories of homelessness. In this project we investigated the effects of the intervention program, compared with treatment as usual, such as Continuum of Care service delivery, on increases in time spent in stable housing as well as harm reduction indicators such as decreases in psychiatric symptoms, alcohol and drug use.

I joined the Psychology department here at University of Limerick in 2008.

Selected Awards and Grants

2016: Co-coordinator with Prof. David Livert, Pennylvania State University-Leigh Valley, USA.  “Building Bridges beyond Backyards: Cross-National Education in Psychology to Facilitate Community Psychology Research & Action”. APA Div. 27 Society for Community Research Council of Education Mini-grant. ($1250.00).

2016: Co-investigator, Horizon 2020 – Reversing Inequalities and Promoting Fairness, “Homelessness as Unfairness” (Home_EU). Horizon 2020, Total budget, €2,111,992.50, UL budget €264,493.75  (ISPA PI: Jose Ornelas), October 2016 to October 2019.

2007-2008: 'Identity needs and loyalty demands: Effects of category focus and norms on superordinate and subgroup relations. Economic and Social Research Council. (£96,053) (With Prof. Russell Spears, School of Psychology, Cardiff University)

2007-2008: 'Group identification and collective emotions: Understanding opposition to and support for reparations to victims of North America's deadliest race riot'. Nuffield Foundation. (£6,687).


Guest Editor
Greenwood, R.M. & Zeedyk, M.S. (2008). Guest Editors' Introduction. Jean Baker Miller: Reflections on Her Life and Work. Feminism & Psychology, 18, 321-325.

Manning, R.M. & Greenwood, R.M. (2019). Recovery in Homelessness: The Influence of Choice and Mastery on Physical Health, Psychiatric Symptoms, Substance Use, and Community Integration. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.
Firnhaber, J., Greenwood, R. M., & Quayle, M. (2019). Continuity in the face of change: Identifying three strategies for constructing stable masculinity in liminality. British Journal of Social Psychology, 58(2), 435-451. DOI:10.1111/bjso.12274
Aubry, T., Bernad, R., & Greenwood, R.M. (2018). A Multi-Country Study of the Fidelity of Housing First Programmes: Introduction. European Journal of Homelessness, 12(3).
Manning, R.M., Greenwood, R.M., & Kirby, C.S. (2018). Building a Way Home: A Study of Fidelity to the Housing First Model in Dublin, Ireland. European Journal of Homelessness _ Volume, 12(3).
Greenwood, R.M., Bernad, R., Aubry, T. & Agha, A. (2018). A Study of Programme Fidelity in European and North American Housing First Programmes: Findings, Adaptations, and Future Directions. European Journal of Homelessness _ Volume, 12(3).
Manning, R. M., & Greenwood, R. M. (2018). Microsystems of recovery in homeless services: The influence of service provider values on service users’ recovery experiences. American Journal of Community Psychology, 61(1-2), 88-103.
Petit, J. M., Loubiere, S., Vargas-Moniz, M. J., Tinland, A., Spinnewijn, F., Greenwood, R. M., ... & Kallmen, H. (2018). Knowledge, attitudes, and practices about homelessness and willingness-to-pay for housing-first across 8 European countries: a survey protocol. Archives of Public Health, 76(1), 71.
Greenwood, R.M., Adshead, M., & Jay, S. (2017). Immigrant Women’s Experiences of Acculturative Stress: Ordinary Privileges, Overt Discrimination, and Psychological Well-Being. Psychology of Women Quarterly. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1177/0361684317719733
Vaughan, F., & Greenwood, R. M. (2017). From the “reel” world to the “real” world: subjective experiences of violent fictional entertainment. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 1-22.
Birrer-Hardwick, R., & Greenwood, R. M. (2016). Older adults’ social capital and generative activity in rural Ireland. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 3(1), 15-32.
Greenwood, R.M. & Manning, R.M. (2016). Mastery matters: Consumer choice, psychiatric symptoms and problematic substance use among adults with histories of homelessness. Health and Social Care in the Community.
Greenwood, R. M. (2015). Remembrance, responsibility, and reparations: The use of emotions in talk about the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. Journal of Social Issues, 71(2), 338-355.
Greenwood, R. M. (2015). “Yesterday Redeemed and Tomorrow Made More Beautiful”: Historical Injustice and Possible Collective Selves. Political Psychology, 36(1), 19-34.

Greenwood, R.M., Stefancic, A. & Tsemberis, S. (Forthcoming). Implementation of Housing First in Europe: Successes and Challenges in Maintaining Model Fidelity. American Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.

Greenwood, R.M., Stefancic, A. & Tsemberis, S. (2013). Housing First for Homeless Persons with Mental Illness: Program Innovation, Research, and Impact Validity. Journal of Social Issues.

Deaux, K. & Greenwood, R.M. (2013). Crossing Borders: Intersectional Excursions into Gender and Immigration. In M.K. Ryan & N.R. Branscombe (Eds.). The  SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology. London: Sage Publications.

Hopkins, N. & Greenwood, R.M. (2013). Hijab and the performance of identity. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Wakefield, J. R. H., Hopkins, N., & Greenwood, R. M. (2012). Thanks, But No Thanks: Women's Help-Seeking Avoidance in the Context of a Negative Meta-Stereotype. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 36, 423-431. 

Wakefield, J. R. H., Hopkins, N. and Greenwood, R. M. (2012), Meta-stereotypes, Social Image and Help Seeking: Dependency-Related Meta-stereotypes Reduce Help-Seeking Behaviour. J. Community. Appl. Soc. Psychol.. doi: 10.1002/casp.2126.

Greenwood, R.M. (2011). Standing at the Crossroads of Identity: An Intersectional Approach to Women's Social Identities and Gender Consciousness. In S. Wiley, G. Philogène & T.A. Revenson (Eds.), Social categories in everyday experience,  pp. 113-129. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Spears, R., Greenwood, R.M., de Lemus, S. & Sweetman, J. (2010). Legitimacy, social identity, and power. In A. Guinote & T.K. Vescio (Eds.), The Social Psychology of Power, pp. 251-283. New York: The Guilford Press.

Greenwood, R.M., Zeedyk, M.S., Bowe, M., Stell, C., Wakefield, J.H.R., & Webber, E. (2008). Toward A New Psychology of Women: Still Relevant After All These Years? Feminism and Psychology, 18, 358-367.

Greenwood, R.M. & Christian, A. W. (2008). What Happens When We Unpack the Invisible Knapsack? Intersectional Political Consciousness and Inter-group Appraisals. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 59, 404-417.

Greenwood, R. M. (2008). Intersectional Political Consciousness: Appreciation for Intra-category Differences in Discriminatory Experiences and Group Relations. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32, 36-47.

Hopkins, N.P., Greenwood, R.M., & Birchall, M. (2007). Minority understandings of the dynamics to inter-group contact encounters: British Muslims' (sometimes ambivalent) experiences of representing their group to others. South African Journal of Psychology, 37(4), 679-701.

Gülçür, L., Tsemberis, S., Stefancic, A. & Greenwood, R. M. (2007). Community Integration of Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities and Histories of Homelessness. Community Mental Health Journal, 43(3), 211-228.

Greenwood, R. M., Schaefer, N. J., Winkel, G. & Tsemberis, S. (2006). Decreasing psychiatric symptoms by increasing choice in treatment among adults with histories of homelessness. American Journal of Community Psychology, 36 (3/4), 223-238.



Greenwood, R.M. (July 2017). Visible immigrants and invisible privileges: An intersectional approach to immigrant experiences of discrimination and well-being In V.L. Vignoles (Chair), Dealing with the Diversity Within: Perspectives on the Multiplicity of Identity, 18th general meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology, 5 – 8 July, 2017, Granada, Spain.

Greenwood, R.M. & Firnhaber, J. (June 2017). Christonormativity and Irish Identity: Through the looking glass of the First Communion Experience. In Meghan E. McNamara (Chair), Responding to imposed identities: How society defines us and how we define ourselves at the annual meeting of the International Society for Political Psychology, Royal College of Surgeons, 29 June to 2 July, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Greenwood, R.M., Manning, R.M., & Kirby, C.S. (June 2017). Fidelity Assessment of a Young Programme:
Dublin’s Housing First Team. Paper presented in T. Aubry & R. Bernad (Chairs), An International Study of Program Fidelity of Housing First Programs at the 16th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action, 21 – 24 June, 2017, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.

Greenwood, R.M. (June 2017). In S. Brown (Chair), Comparing Homeless Interventions Across Sub-populations and national contexts: Who needs what and why? at the 16th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action, 21 – 24 June, 2017, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.

Greenwood, R.M. & Bromfield, S. (July 2016). Small Programme Implementation: The Dublin Housing First Demonstration. Paper presented at the Second International Conference on Housing First, Limerick, Ireland, 7-9 July, 2016. 

Greenwood, R.M. & Manning, R.M. (9 July 2016). “Mastering” Recovery in Homelessness: The role of Consumer Choice in Housing and Services. Oral Presentation at the Second International Conference on Housing First, Limerick, Ireland, 7-9 July 2016.

Greenwood, R.M. & Bromfield, S. (August, 2014). Housing First: Programme Dissemination, Evaluation, and Impact Validity. Paper presented in S. Massey (Chair), "Impact Validity — A New Framework for Making Research Matter” at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C., USA, 7 – 10 August, 2014.

Greenwood, R.M. & Hopkins, N.P. (July, 2014). An intersectional approach to dual identities: Hijab and identity performance. Paper presented at the 17th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology, 9 – 12 July, 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Greenwood, R.M. (January, 2014). Time, place and identity: Emotions discourse in women and men’s talk about reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. 85th Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Greenwood, R.M. & Stefancic, A. (9 December 2013). How to start a Housing First Program. Workshop presented at the Housing First: Ending Homelessness Conference, 9 – 10 December, 2013, Lisbon, Portugal.

Greenwood, R.M. & Bromfield, S. (November, 2013). Program dissemination and innovation in the current economic crisis: Housing First in Ireland. 9th European Congress of Community Psychology. Naples, Italy.

Greenwood, R.M. & Bromfield, S. (September, 2013). Program Fidelity and Adaptation: Challenges in Implementing Housing First in Ireland,’Housing first, What’s Second?’ 8th European Research Conference of FEANTSA’s European Observatory on Homelessness and the European Network for Housing Research Working Group on Welfare Policy, Homelessness and Social Exclusion.

Greenwood, R.M. & Manning, R.M. (June, 2013). Mastery matters: Consumer choice and decreased psychiatric symptoms in the context of problem-related substance misuse. Poster presented at the 14th SCRA Biennial Conference, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA.

Greenwood, R.M., Manning, R.M., & Bromfield, S. (2013). Housing First: Program Fidelity and Adaptation in the Irish Context. In R.M. Greenwood (Chair). Symposium presented at the 14th SCRA Biennial Conference, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA.

Greenwood, R.M., Manning, R.M., & Bromfield, S. (2013). Consumer choice and community integration among adults with histories of homelessness in the Irish context. In G. Palmer (Chair), Predictors, Consumer Choice, Housing and Community Factors in Achieving Social and Economic Integration. Symposium presented at the 14th SCRA Biennial Conference, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA.

Manning, R.M. & Greenwood, R.M. (June, 2013). Prevention and Promotion Recovery Experiences in Homelessness: The Role of Consumer Choice. Poster presented at the 14th SCRA Biennial Conference, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA.

Manning, RM. & Greenwood, R.M. (June, 2013). Empowering Homeless Service Consumers: The Role of Choice in Multi-System Care. Poster presented at the 14th SCRA Biennial Conference, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA.

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