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Pronouns: he/him

Phone: 765-494-6254


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West Lafayette, IN 47907

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Christopher R. Agnew

Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Courtesy Appointments

Department of Communication; Department of Political Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Commitment processes
  • Dissolution processes
  • Social network interactions and influence
  • Relationship timing
  • Relationships and technology

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

Department of Psychological Sciences Research Area(s)

  • Social Psychology


Recruiting graduate students for Fall 2024 admission


Christopher R. Agnew is Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University 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 federal agencies (e.g., National Institutes of Health), private foundations (e.g., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and corporations (e.g., Meta). Dr. Agnew has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Personal Relationships, and as General Editor 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, as Head of Psychological Sciences at Purdue, and as Associate Vice President for Research for Purdue University.


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.S.F.S., Georgetown University

Current Courses

  • PSYC 354 - Close Relationships
  • PSYC 644 - Close Relationships