Mark R. Leary

Garonzik Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and Director of Graduate Studies

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Florida 1980

  • M.A., University of Florida 1978

  • B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College 1976


Social motivation and emotion, self-reflection, self-relevant thought, self-compassion

Leary, MR, Diebels, KJ, Davisson, EK, Jongman-Sereno, KP, Isherwood, JC, Raimi, KT, Deffler, SA, and Hoyle, RH. "Cognitive and Interpersonal Features of Intellectual Humility." Personality & social psychology bulletin 43.6 (June 2017): 793-813. Full Text

Robinson, KJ, Mayer, S, Allen, AB, Terry, M, Chilton, A, and Leary, MR. "Resisting self-compassion: Why are some people opposed to being kind to themselves?." Self and Identity 15.5 (September 2, 2016): 505-524. Full Text

Gohar, D, Leary, MR, and Costanzo, PR. "Self-Presentational Congruence and Psychosocial Adjustment: A Test of Three Models." Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 35.7 (September 2016): 589-608. Full Text

Deffler, SA, Leary, MR, and Hoyle, RH. "Knowing what you know: Intellectual humility and judgments of recognition memory." Personality and Individual Differences 96 (July 2016): 255-259. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hoyle, RH, Davisson, EK, Diebels, KJ, and Leary, MR. "Holding specific views with humility: Conceptualization and measurement of specific intellectual humility." Personality and Individual Differences 97 (July 2016): 165-172. Full Text

Jongman-Sereno, KP, and Leary, MR. "Self-perceived Authenticity is Contaminated by the Valence of One’s Behavior." Self and Identity 15.3 (May 3, 2016): 283-301. Full Text

Crosskey, LB, Curry, JF, and Leary, MR. "Role Transgressions, Shame, and Guilt Among Clergy." Pastoral Psychology 64.6 (December 2015): 783-801. Full Text

Leary, MR. "Emotional responses to interpersonal rejection." Dialogues in clinical neuroscience 17.4 (December 2015): 435-441. (Review)

Leary, MR, Diebels, KJ, Jongman-Sereno, KP, and Fernandez, XD. "Why Seemingly Trivial Events Sometimes Evoke Strong Emotional Reactions: The Role of Social Exchange Rule Violations." The Journal of social psychology 155.6 (November 2015): 559-575. Full Text

Leary, MR, Raimi, KT, Jongman-Sereno, KP, and Diebels, KJ. "Distinguishing Intrapsychic From Interpersonal Motives in Psychological Theory and Research." Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science 10.4 (July 2015): 497-517. (Review) Full Text


Leary, MR, Jongman-Sereno, KP, and Diebels, KJ. "Measures of Concerns with Public Image and Social Evaluation." Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Constructs. September 4, 2014. 448-473. Full Text

Leary, MR, and Jongman-Sereno, KP. "Social Anxiety as an Early Warning System: A Refinement and Extension of the Self-Presentation Theory of Social Anxiety." Social Anxiety: Clinical, Developmental, and Social Perspectives: Third Edition. July 11, 2014. 579-597. Full Text

Leary, MR, Jongman-Sereno, KP, and Diebels, KJ. "The pursuit of status: A self-presentational perspective on the quest for social value." The Psychology of Social Status. April 1, 2014. 159-178. Full Text

Leary, MR. "Functions of the self in interpersonal relationships: What does the self actually do?." The Self and Social Relationships. January 1, 2013. 95-115. Full Text

Costanzo, PR, Hoyle, RH, and Leary, MR. "Personality, Social Psychology, and Psychopathology: Reflections on a Lewinian Vision." The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. September 18, 2012. Full Text

Leary, MR. "Sociometer theory." Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology. January 1, 2012. 141-159. Full Text

Leary, MR, and Guadagno, J. "The Role of Hypo-egoic Self-Processes in Optimal Functioning and Subjective Well-Being." Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward. May 1, 2011. Full Text

Leary, MR, and Allen, AB. "Belonging motivation establishing, maintaining, and repairing relational value." Social Motivation. January 1, 2011. 37-55. Full Text


Selected Grants

Student Resilience awarded by Duke Endowment (Co-Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2016

Self-compassion and Well-being in the Elderly awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2011

MRI: Acquisition of a Mobile Behavioral Research Laboratory awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2010