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

Shumway, M, Mangurian, C, Carraher, N, Momenzadeh, A, Leary, M, Lee, E, and Dilley, JW. "Increasing HIV Testing in Inpatient Psychiatry." Psychosomatics (October 2017). Full Text

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

Cheng, JE, Shumway, M, Leary, M, and Mangurian, CV. "Patient Factors Associated with Extended Length of Stay in the Psychiatric Inpatient Units of a Large Urban County Hospital." Community mental health journal 52.6 (August 2016): 658-661. 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

Mitsuishi, F, Young, JQ, Leary, M, Dilley, J, and Mangurian, C. "The Systems SOAP Note: A Systems Learning Tool." Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry 40.1 (February 2016): 164-171. 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, 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