The Department of Psychological Sciences represents the combined strengths of the fields of psychology and communication sciences. We offer two undergraduate majors: Psychology and Communication Sciences, as well as two minors: Psychology and Communication for Health Professionals. Students can tailor their experience to meet their own career and educational goals. This can be accomplished in many ways, including through independent studies and experiential learning opportunities with faculty, honors Capstone projects, and Pathways. Pathways provides student with guidance to structure coursework based on their specific career interests. Pathways include Clinical, Lifespan Development, Pre-Health, Neuroscience, and Research. Students may choose several Pathways that meet their needs.

We also provide graduate programs, including a masters in Communication Sciences, and three Ph.D. programs: Communication Sciences, Clinical Psychology, and Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences (DCAS). Our Ph.D. students conduct cutting edge research, learn effective and engaging pedagogical skills, and those in Clinical Psychology and Communication Sciences programs learn to provide empirically supported treatments in a variety of settings.

Department News and Highlights

Tom Schlechter, undergraduate, presented poster at national conference

Tom Schlechter, an undergraduate psychology major at CWRU, presented a poster on differences in sexual orientation disclosure in lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in late November in Georgia.

Rachel Mulheren presents poster at ACRM

Faculty member Rachel Mulheren presented a poster at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine in Chicago, titled Pharyngeal Residue and Swallowing Treatment Recommendations After Stroke.

Silvia Rodriguez presents Master’s Thesis poster at Gerontological Society of America

Congratulations to Silvia Rodriguez, who presented part 2 of her Master's Thesis at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Austin, Texas. She received a $200 Behavioral and Social Sciences Travel Stipend as well as $300 from the CWRU GSC (Graduate Student Council) Professional Development...

Congratulations to Melissa Rafferty for an Honorable Mention for Her Poster at the SDBP Annual Meeting!

In September, Melissa received Honorable Mention (2nd place) for the Psychology Section Poster Prize at the Society of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Meeting. Her advisor, Becky Hazen, was also on the poster. The title of the poster was “Hope and Executive Functioning as Correlates of Health Outcomes in Adolescents...

New $1.25 million U.S. Department of Education grant supports training of developmental psychologists and speech language pathologists

A five-year, $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to Case Western Reserve University will support students training to help children with developmental and educational needs. “Many children need extra help in their educational journey. Teachers cannot do it alone,” said Elizabeth Short, a professor in the Department...

October Trivia Night success!

Thank you so much to all who were able to come out to Trivia Night this past Friday at Bottlehouse. Awesome costumes and great competition all around. And lucky for us, we had another dog present this year (a puppy of one of our very own students!) We had a blast...

November Student Spotlight

Meet Michael King, Doctoral Student in the Developmental, Cognitive and Affective Sciences Psychology Program What is your research focus (as well as any academic or service focus)? My research centers around the cognitive and perceptual factors that influence human performance, such as memory, attention, and learning. My current research is focused...