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

Sweat could provide clue into who develops PTSD

Within four hours of a traumatic experience, certain physiological markers—namely, sweating—are higher in people who go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study by Alex Rothbaum, a pre-doctoral researcher in the Department of Psychological Sciences, and researchers at other institutions. Around 90% of people...

The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) recently featured our PTSD Research and Treatment Lab, directed by Dr. Norah Feeny!

L to R: Kathy Benhamou, Allison Baier, Norah Feeny, Alex Rothbaum, Alexandra Klein, and Alexandra Bowling Please visit ABCT’s Featured Lab page here to read more about Dr. Feeny and our graduate students. To learn more about the lab, please visit the PTSD Research and Treatment Lab’s webpage here. Congratulations!  

Psychologist James Overholser and his colleagues combat an upsurge of hopelessness

Psychologist James Overholser and his colleagues combat an upsurge of hopelessness By Alexander Gelfand Spring | Summer 2019

Meet the new Director of the Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences PhD Program

Congratulations Brooke Macnamara on becoming the new Director of the Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective  Sciences Ph.D. Program!

New Article Explores Physiological Feelings

Amanda Merner, Kelsey Magee, and Professor Heath Demaree recently published a paper exploring the connections between emotional experiences and changes in bodily sensations.  

Amanda Merner Elected to APSSC Executive Board

Amanda Merner has been elected to the Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus (APSSC) executive board for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. She will be serving as the editor for the Student Notebook, a monthly column in the APS Observer dedicated to issues of interest to graduate students.

Congratulations to all of our students who won department awards this year!

Congratulations to all of our students who won department awards this year! Our students were honored at the CWRU School of Graduate Studies 2019 Graduate Award Ceremony. Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipients: Allison Baier (Donald K. Freedheim Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Service) Alexandra Klein (T.J. McCallum...