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

Attend our information session for the Developmental MA Early Intervention Certificate Program!

Are you interested in working with young children between the ages of 0 to 5 years? Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Psychological Sciences is offering: A masters program in Developmental Psychology and Early Intervention  A university certificate program in Early Intervention. Certificate completionenables receipt of state certificate through the...

Interested in graduate school? Attend our virtual COSI-MA open house!

Communication Sciences M.A. VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE October 29, 11:00am—12:15pm Tour our program View our lab spaces Speak to faculty members Ask our graduate panel a question All without leaving your couch! Registration is required. Submit your questions for the graduate panel to kds28@case.edu by Oct 25 For more information or to register, contact Ms. Kellie...

The changing landscape of youth suicide and suicidal behavior: An examination of racial differences and risk factors

2021-2022 Kessler-Freedheim Lecture Presented in person & via Zoom webinar Featuring Dr. Arielle Sheftall Suicide Prevention & Research Center Nationwide Children's Hospital WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2021 11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. FREE & OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY Youth suicide and suicidal behavior have increased over the past decade and suicide is still the second leading cause of...

What is passive suicidal ideation?

Refinery 29: James Overholser, a professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the College of Arts and Sciences, discussed passive suicidal ideation, which is characterised by thinking about dying or a desire to be dead, without actively making a specific plan to carry out those thoughts. “A combination...

Grover C. Gilmore retires after 20 years as Mandel School dean and 46 years at CWRU

When Grover “Cleve” Gilmore agreed to lead the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in 2002, his appointment was intended to last only a year. Now, after a 20-year tenure as dean of the highly ranked social work school, he will retire June 30. Gilmore’s leadership...

New course addition! PSCL 333: Early Intervention I: Theories and Practice

Are you interested in making a difference in young children's lives?  PSCL 333: Early Intervention I: Theories and Practice (Wednesdays, 8-10:30am) is an exciting newly cross-listed course in the Department of Psychological Sciences offered during Fall 2021. In this seminar-based class, undergraduate students will have an opportunity to learn alongside...

Think Big Leadership Awards announced

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce winners of the 2021 Think Big Leadership Awards. “I am genuinely amazed at the creative, boundary-pushing and community-focused work happening all over our campus, particularly during a year of so much unrest and uncertainty,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Ben...