Dr. Chris Agnew
Christopher R. Agnew is Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on close, interpersonal relationships and the use of relational models to understand broader social and health processes.
He has published and presented his research widely, and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Cancer Institute) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Agnew has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Personal Relationships (on which he served as Associate Editor). He is among the General Editors of the Cambridge University Press book series Advances in Personal Relationships. He was the recipient of the Early Career Award from the Relationships Researchers Interest Group of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, International Association for Relationship Research, Midwestern Psychological Association, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He served as President of the International Association for Relationship Research. He was honored with the creation of the Christopher R. Agnew Research Innovation Award by the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, awarded annually to the graduate student enrolled in the Social Psychology Doctoral Program at UNC who demonstrates the most scholarly independence and promise.
He has been privileged to work with a number of outstanding graduate students as major professor at Purdue, including Tim Loving (Facebook), Ben Le (Haverford College), Wind Goodfriend (Buena Vista University), Paul Etcheverry (Facebook), Justin Lehmiller (Ball State University), Candace Best (Augusta University), Laura VanderDrift (Syracuse University), Emily Short (U.S. Air Force Academy), Kenneth Tan (Singapore Management University), and Ezgi Besikci (Usak University). He is also currently working with postdoctoral scholars Yuthika Girme (PhD University of Auckland; now at Simon Fraser University) and Benjamin Hadden (PhD University of Houston). Dr. Agnew served as Head of Psychological Sciences at Purdue from 2009 to 2017. He currently serves as Associate Vice President for Research for Purdue University.