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

Psychology researchers recruiting 7th through 12th graders to participate in paid video-platform creativity study!

Case Western Reserve University faculty member, Dr. Sandra Russ, PhD, and her graduate student, Alexis Lee, MA, in the Department of Psychological Sciences are seeking pre-adolescents and adolescents to take part in a research initiative looking at aspects of creativity. WHO? Young people in grades 7th through 12th both...

When playtime and COVID collide

The New York Times: Sandra Russ, Distinguished University Professor and the Louis D. Beaumont University Professor, discussed how children are incorporating COVID-19 in their pretend play. She said studies have shown children in pediatric hospitals who incorporate their experience into play—by performing “surgery” on their stuffed animals, for example—experience...

Register now: Understanding Suicidality and How to Help

This free (Zoom) talk, hosted by the Rocky River Public Library will cover common myths and facts about suicide, risk and protective factors, warning signs, and how to offer/seek help, including how to approach the conversation with someone you are worried about, a very brief overview of treatments, coping...

Letter to the College Community from Outgoing Interim Dean Sandra Russ

June 23, 2020 Dear Members of the College Community, Ten months ago, when I became interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, no one anticipated the challenges that the university, our nation and the world would be confronting at this moment. We mourn the tragic, continuing loss of life...

Participate in research: COVID-19 on OCD Symptoms and Parenting

Was your family impacted by the coronavirus? Are you or your child struggling with anxiety or depression about the coronavirus or social distancing? Help CWRU researchers learn more about the impact of the coronavirus on children, parents, and families. If you have a child ages 7-17 and have been...

Congratulations to Shin Hyung Kim for being selected as a SOURCE 2020 Summer Research Fellow!

Congratulations to Shin Hyung Kim for being selected as a SOURCE 2020 Summer Research Fellow. Steve's project will be supervised by Dr. Calandrucio and will focus on understanding the importance of the meaningfulness of competing speech in multi-talker environments. Thank you to the SOURCE office and to the Bruce...

Isabella Beninate selected as a SOURCE 2020 Summer Research Fellow

Congratulations to undergraduate Isabella Beninate for being selected as a SOURCE 2020 Summer Research Fellow. Isabella's project will be supervised by Dr. Calandrucio and will focus on the acoustic analyses of speech produced by multiple talkers. Thank you to the SOURCE office and to the Bruce Rakay Summer Research...

Congratulations Juliana Yoon, 1st place SOURCE Virtual Intersections Award Winner!

Undergraduate Juliana Yoon received 1st place honors in the Social Sciences category for her presentation titled: Workplace Bullying in the Nursing Profession: Dangers and Potential Solutions. Faculty Mentor: Anastasia Dimitropoulos, Department of Psychological Sciences.