Case Western Psychological Sciences faculty conduct cutting edge interdisciplinary research on the brain, memory, behaviors, speech, swallowing, clinical disorders, learning, expertise, play, perception, and many other topics. We encourage students to become involved in research, especially those who plan to go on to graduate school in psychology. Research experience provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the scientific process and to get to know faculty members and graduate students in the department better. Additionally, research assistant experience provides opportunities for faculty to know you and write letters of recommendation on your behalf. Some research experiences can even sometimes result in student authorship on papers and conference presentations, both of which are helpful if one wants to pursue graduate school.

To learn more about faculty members’ research topics, please see their profiles.

Research Methods Class

We recommend that all psychology and communication sciences majors take Research Methods, PSCL375 during their time at CWRU. This course teaches you foundational information about conducting a literature search, evaluating the scientific merit of existing research, creating hypotheses, and designing studies. The course is offered in a small seminar and involves a large number of exercises and experiential learning.  Research Methods is also a pre-requisite for many of the department’s Capstone courses.

Research Assistant Experience

If you are interested in becoming more involved in research, please look at the faculty profiles and contact professors whose research interests you via email. Please send professors your unofficial transcript and CV/resume if you have one. Due to the large number of students who want to serve as a research assistant, it sometimes takes several semesters to find a lab with available research assistant slots. Don’t give up! We highly encourage you to take this opportunity to learn more about research

Looking to be a participant in research?

Please see the SONA system for students in PSCL101 and PSCL375.

Also please see the SONA system for paid research studies.

Communication Sciences MA students present on treatment meta-analyses

The Communication Sciences MA students completed their treatment meta-analyses this fall. Each student presented a unique topic, ranging from treatment for speech sound disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and cleft-palate to name a few. They each did an amazing job!

Two Psychological Sciences Students Win SOURCE Poster Awards

Congratulations to the undergraduates in Psychological Sciences who won SOURCE Poster Awards for their presentations at the Fall Intersections Conference. Margarid Turnamian won 1st place for her poster “Trauma and Related Experiences in LGBTQ, Cisgender, and Heterosexual Individuals,” mentored by Amy Przeworski.  Jason Lockamy won 3rd place for his...

Undergraduates: SOURCE Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences grant deadlines approaching

Undergraduate students, are you doing a research project or volunteer internship program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences this summer? Apply for SOURCE Arts, Humanities, and Social Science grants. Applications are due the Friday before spring break at 11:59 PM.   Go to this website for more information:

Huangqi Jiang presents at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society

PhD DCAS student Huangqi Jiang presents his research at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in New Orleans, LA.

Provost Summer Undergraduate Research Grant (PSURG) Applications Due Feb 15

Provost Summer Undergraduate Research Grant (PSURG) PSURG is a summer research program for CWRU undergraduate students in biology, chemistry, and the social sciences (especially psychological sciences, sociology and anthropology). Students must be on campus and actively conducting research during the entire 10 week program, which runs from May 28 to August...

Research Across the Clinical Cohorts

Students across all years of the clinical psychology program are actively engaged in research and contributing to various fields, ranging from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), understanding risk factors for suicide, and better characterizing the deficits evidenced in neurodevelopmental disorders. First year student, Kathy Benhamou, who is advised by Dr. Norah...