Mark Leary, Ph.D., is Garonzik Family Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He taught previously at Denison University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Wake Forest University, moving to Duke University in 2006. Leary has published numerous books and scholarly articles 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 classes for the Great Courses series, including Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior and Why You Are Who You Are: Investigations into 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 the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Professor Leary blogs regularly for psychologytoday.com.