John Agnew

Academic Coordinator
College of Psychology and Community Services
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Psychology

John Agnew has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Haverford College. In his dissertation research, he used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the neuroanatomical basis of motor control in individuals with dyslexia and matched control subjects. Since 2004, he has taught biology, psychology, and neuroscience courses at the community college and university level in Colorado and online. He has been involved in neuroscience research, attempting to understand some of the behavioral aspects of autism spectrum disorders and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions for individuals with autism, such as therapeutic horseback riding. In addition to teaching, Dr. Agnew has also been a freelance editor, working with textbook publishers to update and develop new content for their psychology and neuroscience texts. So far, he has developed content for James Kalat’s Biological Psychology, Michael Gazzaniga’s Cognitive Neuroscience, Bob Garrett’s Brain & Behavior, David Eagleman’s Cognitive Neuroscience, and Kolb, Whishaw and Teskey's Introduction to Brain and Behavior texts. In 2019, Dr. Agnew was hired to be a Program Coordinator for the Ph.D. Psychology program at Walden University.

Courses Taught

PSYC 8226 - Biopsychology

PSYC 8412 - Research Foundations


PhD, Georgetown University

BA, Haverford College

Public Service

Alumni Admissions Volunteer Interviewer, Volunteer - Haverford

Awards / Honors

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University, 2018

Master Part-Time Online Instructor, Front Range Community College, 2018

Master Part-Time Instructor, Front Range Community College, 2006

Travel grant from Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, 2001

Fellow at McDonnell-Pew Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, McDonnell-Pew Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, 1999


Gabriels, R. L., Pan, Z., Dechant, B., Agnew, J. A., Brim, N., Mesibov, G. (2015). Randomized Controlled Trial of Therapeutic Horseback Riding in Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder.. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Gabriels, R., Agnew, J. A., Pan, Z., Holt, K., Reynolds, A., Laudenslager, M. (2013). Elevated repetitive behaviors are associated with lower diurnal salivary cortisol levels in autism spectrum disorder. Biological Psychology

Gabriels, R. L., Agnew, J. A., Holt, K., Shoffner, A., Zhaoxing, P., Ruzzano, S., Clayton, G., Mesibov, G. (2012). Pilot study measuring the effects of therapeutic horseback riding on school-age children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Gabriels, R. L., Agnew, J. A., Beresford, C., Morrow, M. A., Mesibov, G., Wamboldt, M. (2012). Improving psychiatric hospital care for pediatric patients with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities.. Autism research and treatment

Lin, F., Agnew, J. A., Belliveau, J., Zeffiro, T. (2009). Functional and effective connectivity of visuomotor control systems demonstrated using generalized partial least squares and structural equation modeling. Human Brain Mapping

Gabriels, R., Agnew, J. A., Miller, L., Gralla, J., Zhaoxing, P., Goldson, E., Ledbetter, J., Dinkins, J., Hooks, E. (2008). Is there a relationship between restricted, repetitive, stereotyped behaviors and interests and abnormal sensory response in children with autism spectrum disorders?. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Gabriels, R., Ivers, B., Hill, D., Agnew, J. A., McNeill, J. (2007). Stability of adaptive behaviors in middle-school children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Eden, G., Jones, K., Cappell, K., Gareau, L., Wood, F., Zeffiro, T., Dietz, N., Agnew, J. A., Flowers, D. (2004). Neural changes following remediation in adult developmental dyslexia. Neuron

Agnew, J. A., Eden, G., Zeffiro, T. (2004). Left hemisphere specialization for the control of voluntary movement rate. NeuroImage

Agnew, J. A., Dorn, C., Eden, G. (2004). Effect of intensive training on auditory processing and reading skills. Brain and Language

Lin, F., McIntosh, A., Agnew, J. A., Eden, G., Zeffiro, T., Belliveau, J. (2003). Multivariate analysis of neuronal interactions in the generalized partial least squares framework: Simulations and empirical studies. NeuroImage

Parkash, J., Robblee, J. H., Agnew, J. A., Gibbs, E., Collings, P., Pasternack, R. F., de Paula, J. C. (1998). Depolarized resonance light scattering by porphyrin and chlorophyll a aggregates. Biophysical Journal

Moreau, R., Powell, M., Agnew, J. A., Young, D. (1998). Chlorophyll-derived porphyrins co-chromatograph with phospholipids in HPLC separation of plant lipid classes. Phytochemical Analysis