Gary K. Leak, PhD
Gary K. Leak, PhD

Gary K. Leak, PhD

Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • statistics and test validation; evolutionary psychology

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Psychology

Position

  • Professor

Biography

Born in Seattle. One wife, two kids, five grandkids.

Education

  • Queen Anne High School; University of Washington; University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Certifications

Foundations of Effective Supervision (CU) 2003

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Harris, J. I. & Leak, G. K. (2013). The Revised Faith Development Scale: An Option for a More Reliable Self-Report Measurement of Postconventional Religious Reasoning. Editor: Ralph Piedment. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Brill, The Netherlands, 24, 1-14, 2013
  • Leak, G. K., DeNeve, K., & Greteman, A. (2007). The Relationship Between Spirituality Assessed Through Self-transcendent Goal Strivings and Positive Psychological Attributes. Editor: Ralph Piedmont. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Brill, The Netherlands, 18, 263-280, 2007
  • Leak, G. K. (1999). Joshua Chamberlain: A psychological portrait. In E. G. Longacre Joshua Chamberlain: The soldier and the man. Philadelphia: Combined Books (pp. 352-389). (This was a critically reviewed “psychobiography” of a Civil War general using a systematic and empirically-based method for measuring personality of historical figures “at a distance” through their writings. I was not able to find any published reviews of this book since its publication.), Philadelphia: Combined Books, 352-389, 1999

Articles

  • Harris, J. I., Leak, Gary K., Dubke, Rachel, Voecks, Cory Religious strain and postconventional religiousness in trauma survivors, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 7, 173-178, 2015
  • Harris, J. I. and Leak, Gary K. The Revised Faith Development Scale: An option for a more reliable self-report measurement of postconventional religious reasoning., Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 24, 1-13, 2013
  • Harris, J. I., Leak, Gary K. The Revised Faith Development Scale: An option for a more reliable self-report measurement of postconventional religious reasoning, Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 24, 1-13, 2013
  • LEAK, GARY K. Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Quest Religious Orientation Scale., Social Behavior & Personality: An International Journal, 39, 1289-1290, 2011
  • Leak, Gary K. and Finken, Laura L. The Relationship Between the Constructs of Religiousness and Prejudice: A Structural Equation Model Analysis., International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21, 43-62, 2011
  • LEAK, GARY K. Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Quest Religious Orientation Scale, Social Behavior & Personality: An International Journal, 39, 1289-1290, 2011
  • Leak, Gary K., Finken, Laura L. The Relationship Between the Constructs of Religiousness and Prejudice: A Structural Equation Model Analysis, International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21, 43-62, 2011
  • Factorial Validity of the Social Interest Index. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2158244011432787, SAGE Open, 1-4, 2011
  • Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Quest Religious Orientation Scale., Social Behavior & Personality: An International Journal, 39, 1289-1290, 2011
  • The Relationship Between the Constructs of Religiousness and Prejudice: A Structural Equation Model Analysis., International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21, 43-63, 2011
  • Leak, Gary. Identity and Spirituality: Conceptual and Empirical Progress., Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 9, 180-182, 2009
  • Leak, Gary. An Assessment of the Relationship Between Identity Development, Faith Development, and Religious Commitment., Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 9, 201-218, 2009
  • Leak, Gary An Assessment of the Relationship Between Identity Development, Faith Development, and Religious Commitment, Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 9, 201-218, 2009
  • Leak, Gary Identity and Spirituality: Conceptual and Empirical Progress, Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 9, 180-182, 2009
  • Identity and Spirituality: Conceptual and Empirical Progress. [Special issue]., Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 2009
  • Identity and Spirituality: Conceptual and Empirical Progress., Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 9, 180-182, 2009
  • An Assessment of the Relationship Between Identity Development, Faith Development, and Religious Commitment., Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 9, 201-218, 2009
  • Leak, Gary K. Factorial Validity of the Faith Development Scale., International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 18, 123-131, 2008
  • Leak, Gary K. Factorial Validity of the Faith Development Scale, International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 18, 123-131, 2008
  • Factorial Validity of the Faith Development Scale., International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 18, 123-131, 2008
  • Leak, Gary K., Leak, Karin C. Adlerian Social Interest and Positive Psychology: A Conceptual and Empirical Integration, Journal of Individual Psychology, 62, 207-223, 2006
  • Leak, G. K. Development and validation of a revised measure of adlerian social interest., Social Behavior & Personality, 34, 443-449, 2006
  • Leak, Gary K. and Leak, Karin C. Adlerian Social Interest and Positive Psychology: A Conceptual and Empirical Integration., Journal of Individual Psychology, 207-223, 2006
  • Leak, G. K. Development and validation of a revised measure of adlerian social interest, Social Behavior and Personality, 34, 443-449, 2006
  • Leak, GK. Validation of the faith development scale using longitudinal and cross-sectional designs, Social Behavior & Personality, 31, 637-641, 2003
  • Leak, G. K. Validation of the faith development scale using longitudinal and cross-sectional designs, Social Behavior and Personality, 31, 637-641, 2003
  • Leak, GK. Exploratory factor analysis of the Religious Maturity Scale, Social Behavior & Personality, 30, 533-538, 2002
  • Leak, G. K. Exploratory factor analysis of the Religious Maturity Scale, Social Behavior and Personality, 30, 533-538, 2002
  • Leak, GK and Parsons, CJ. The susceptibility of three attachment style measures to socially desirable responding. Social Behavior and Personality., Social Behavior & Personality, 29, 21-29, 2001
  • Leak, G. K., Parsons, C. J. The susceptibility of three attachment style measures to socially desirable responding, Social Behavior and Personality, 29, 21-29, 2001
  • Christopher, S. B., & Leak, G. K. (1984). Freud and sociobiology. American Psychologist, 39, 184-186. (Peer reviewed comment), American Psychologist, 39, 184-186, 1984
  • Leak, G. K. (1981). Debriefing and gratuitous procedures. American Psychologist, 36, 317. (Peer reviewed comment), American Psychologist, 36, 317, 1981

Editing and Reviews

  • Leak, G. K. (1983). Toward a renewed interest in social interest. Journal of Personality Assessment, 47, 324-325. (Book review), Journal of Personality Assessment, 47, 324-325, 1983
  • Leak, G. K. (1980). The psychopath in society. Journal of Personality Assessment, 44, 556-558. (Book review), Journal of Personality Assessment, 44, 556-558, 1980

Presentations

  • Budesheim, T. L., Finken, L. L., & Leak, G. K. (2014). A Socio-Functional Model of How Personality and Sex Differences Influence Perceived Threats, Emotional Reactions, and Behavioral Responses Toward Gay Men and Lesbians. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Omaha., 2014
  • Budesheim, T. L., Leak, G. K., & Finken, L. L. (2014). An Empirical Test of Different Models of Sexual Orientation Prejudice. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Omaha., 2014
  • Ruchensky, J., Finken, L., & Leak, G. (2014). Validation of a Revised Measure of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA., 2014
  • Ruchensky, J., Finken, L., & Leak, G. K. (2014). Development and Assessment of a Brief Scale to Measure Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Convention, Chicago., 2014
  • Budesheim, T. L., Leak, G. K., & Finken, G. K. (2013). How Stereotype Content Mediates the Relationship Between RWA, SDO, and Prejudice Toward Various Out-Groups. Presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, January., 2013
  • Leak, G. K., & Ruchensky, J (2013). A Revised Scale to Measure Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D. C., 2013
  • Leak, G. K., & Dang, B. (2013). Family Environment is Related to Sociosexuality. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D. C., 2013
  • Ruchensky, J., & Leak, G. K. (2013). Confirmatory Factor Analysis of a Measure of Maslow’s Need Hierarchy. Presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Convention, Chicago., 2013
  • Bailey, D., & Leak, G.K. Validation of a Measure of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Through Daily Goal Strivings. Submitted to (and accepted by) the Midwestern Psychological Association Convention, May, 2012., 2012
  • Rogers, T., Luteran, S., Leak, G.K., & Finken, L. L. The Relationship Between Two Types of Religious Orientation, Personality, and Sexual Orientation Prejudice. Submitted to (and accepted by) the Midwestern Psychological Association Convention, May, 2012., 2012
  • Leak, G. K., & Gebelt, J. A. (2011). The Impact of Identity Development on Subjective Well-being and Healthy Need Gratification. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Washington, D. C., 2011

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • evolutionary psychology; structural equation modeling; personality and prejudice; test validation

Current Research Projects

  • personality rooys of  sexual orientation prejudice; faith development and its measurement

Awards and Honors

  • Dean's Award for Scholarship, Creighton College of Arts and Sciences, 2015