Biography of Dr. David C. Geary
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Dr. Geary is a cognitive developmental psychologist and a Curators' Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of California at Riverside, he held faculty positions at the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Missouri, first at the Rolla campus and then in Columbia. Dr. Geary served as chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences from 2002 to 2005, and as the University of Missouri's Middlebush Professor of Psychological Sciences from 2000 to 2003.

He has been studying developmental and individual differences in basic mathematical competencies for more than 20 years, and is currently directing a longitudinal study of children's mathematical development and learning disorders, co-funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. He has published nearly 150 articles, commentaries, and chapters across a wide range of topics, including cognitive and developmental psychology, education, evolutionary biology, and medicine. His three books have been published by the American Psychological Association and are Children's Mathematical Development (1994), Male, Female: The Evolution of Human Sex Differences (1998), and The Origin of Mind: Evolution of Brain, Cognition, and General Intelligence (2005). He has given invited addresses in a variety of departments (anthropology, biology, behavior genetics, computer science, education, government, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, and psychology) and Universities throughout the United States, as well as in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, and Italy. In addition to these activities, he was one of the primary contributors to the 1999 Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten through grade twelve. Among many distinctions is the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (1996), and a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Geary is also a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS).

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