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

Helping children return to school after traumatic brain injury focus of new $2.2M CDC research grant

With a four-year, $2.2 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers at Case Western Reserve University will seek answers on how children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) can return to school. Nearly 2,000 children visit emergency rooms every day with TBI, which include concussions, contusions...

Psychological Sciences faculty and students work hard, even in summer

Psychology Associate Professor Anastasia Dimitropoulos and Professor Sandy Russ, along with Psychology graduate student Olena Zyga published a paper titled Early Social Cognitive Ability in Preschoolers with Prader–Willi Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder Communication Sciences Assistant Professor  Rachel Mulheren took an Intro to R Programming class, created content for the...

Game night was a success!

Thank you to our student-run Wellness Committee for organizing a fun Game Night at Tabletop Board Game Café downtown! It was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know our first-year cohort and celebrate the start to a new year. Our Wellness Committee regularly puts together a calendar of...

Congratulations to Angela Ciccia and Arin Connell, recipients of pilot grants!

The Schubert Center for Child Studies, in collaboration Office of Research and Technology Management Vice President Suzanne Rivera, have announced the awarding of pilot grants to four primary investigators at Case Western Reserve University. The awards, totaling $50,000, are jointly supported by the Office of Research and Technology Management and...

Warren J. Rice Colloquium Series – Fall 2019

Warren J. Rice Colloquium Series – Fall 2019 “Verbal & Nonverbal Knowledge: A Tale of Two Hemispheres” Robert Hurley, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology, Cleveland State University Dr. Hurley is a cognitive neuroscientist specializing in lexical and conceptual processing. His primary appointment is in the Dept. of Psychology at CSU, with a secondary...

Kelsey Magee wins scholarship – Congratulations!

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student Kelsey Magee received the Developing and Researching Advanced Models of Integrated Primary Care 2019 Conference Scholarship sponsored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

Debate Arises over Teaching “Growth Mindsets” to Motivate Students

Debate Arises over Teaching “Growth Mindsets” to Motivate Students Research shows conflicting data on the impact of the intervention, but a major new study confirms it can work - Psychological Sciences faculty member Brooke Macnamara weighs in. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/debate-arises-over-teaching-growth-mindsets-to-motivate-students/