Dr. Gary Leak


Gary K. Leak, Ph.D.

Phone # (402) 280-3120

Teaches Courses in:

Social psychology, evolutionary psychology, and research methods and statistics for majors and non-majors.

Research interests:

My primary areas of research are: (1) the connection between personal religiousness, especially faith development, and psychological well-being and distress, (2) understanding the religious and personality origins of sexual orientation prejudice, and (3) the use of structural equation modeling to scale development and validation.

Representative Publications:


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.  Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 24. Brill, The Netherlands (pp. 1-14).

Leak, G. K., & Finken, L. L. (2011). The Relationship Between the Constructs of Religiousness and Prejudice: A Structural Equation Model Analysis. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21, 43-62.

Leak, G. K. (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.

Leak, G. K. (2008).  Factorial Validity of the Faith Development Scale.  International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 18, 123-131.