Mark Leary, Garonzik Family Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience, has received the 2021 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP).
SESP, which has honored distinguished scientists since the early 1970s, recognizes individuals who have made unusually important contributions to experimental social psychology. Leary was chosen by a subcommittee appointed by the SESP Executive Committee.
Longtime colleague Rick Hoyle, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, shared his thoughts about Leary's SESP award recognition:
“Mark's influence cannot be overstated. From his groundbreaking work on self-presentation, social emotions, and social exclusion to his newer work on quieting the self, Mark's clever experiments and clear writing set him apart from other productive scholars in our field. In addition to the wide and enduring influence of Mark's scholarship, he has enlightened and inspired students through his teaching, public speaking, and mentorship. Despite the well-deserved recognition from multiple awards and his influential research, Mark is humble and approachable. He is the consummate professor, one of Duke's best.”
Leary will be recognized during the SESP 2021 annual meeting in Santa Barbara, California, October 7-9.