Mark R. Leary

Mark R. Leary

Garonzik Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Florida 1980

  • M.A., University of Florida 1978

  • B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College 1976

Overview

Mark Leary is Garonzik Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Florida.  He taught previously at Denison University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Wake Forest University.

Leary has published 14 books and more than 250 scholarly articles and chapters on topics dealing with social motivation, emotion, and self-relevant thought, including The Curse of the Self: Self-awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life.  He has also recorded two courses for the Teaching Company's Great Courses series: Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior and Why You Are Who You Are: Investigations to Human Personality.

Leary is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.  He received the Lifetime Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity and was co-recipient of the Scientific Impact Award from the Society for Experimental Social Psychology.  He was founding editor of Self and Identity, editor of Personality and Social Psychology Review, and served as President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. 

Expertise

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

Toner, K, Leary, MR, Asher, MW, and Jongman-Sereno, KP. "Feeling superior is a bipartisan issue: extremity (not direction) of political views predicts perceived belief superiority." Psychological Science 24.12 (December 2013): 2454-2462. Full Text

Terry, ML, Leary, MR, Mehta, S, and Henderson, K. "Self-compassionate reactions to health threats." Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin 39.7 (July 2013): 911-926. Full Text

Terry, ML, Leary, MR, and Mehta, S. "Self-compassion as a Buffer against Homesickness, Depression, and Dissatisfaction in the Transition to College." Self and Identity 12.3 (May 2013): 278-290. Full Text

Kemppainen, JK, Brion, JM, Leary, M, Wantland, D, Sullivan, K, Nokes, K, Bain, CA, Chaiphibalsarisdi, P, Chen, W-T, Holzemer, WL, Eller, LS, Iipinge, S, Johnson, MO, Portillo, C, Voss, J, Tyer-Viola, L, Corless, IB, Nicholas, PK, Rose, CD, Phillips, JC, Sefcik, E, Mendez, MR, and Kirksey, KM. "Use of a brief version of the self-compassion inventory with an international sample of people with HIV/AIDS." Aids Care 25.12 (January 2013): 1513-1519. Full Text

Leary, MR, Kelly, KM, Cottrell, CA, and Schreindorfer, LS. "Construct validity of the need to belong scale: mapping the nomological network." Journal of Personality Assessment 95.6 (January 2013): 610-624. Full Text

Leary, MR. "To what extent is self-esteem influenced by interpersonal as compared with intra personal processes? What are these processes?." Self Esteem Issues and Answers: a Sourcebook of Current Perspectives (2013): 195-200. Full Text

Leary, MR. "What are the most pressing issues facing researchers?." Self Esteem Issues and Answers: a Sourcebook of Current Perspectives (2013): 421-429. Full Text

Herbst, KC, Leary, MR, and McColskey-Leary, CP. "Social-evaluative influences moderate the relationship between price and perceived quality." Social Influence 8.1 (January 2013): 54-69. Full Text

Leary, MR, Kelly, KM, Cottrell, CA, and Schreindorfer, LS. "Construct validity of the need to belong scale: Mapping the nomological network." Journal of Personality Assessment 95.6 (2013): 610-624. Full Text

Gebauer, JE, Leary, MR, and Neberich, W. "Big two personality and big three mate preferences: similarity attracts, but country-level mate preferences crucially matter." Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin 38.12 (December 2012): 1579-1593. Full Text

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