We are now accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year.
Clinical Psychology PhD applications are due December 1.
Communication Sciences MA applications are due January 15.
Developmental Psychology MA applications are due January 15
Communication Sciences PhD applications are accepted on a rolling basis

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

Graduate Student Silvia Hernandez quoted in New York Times

Finding Hope When Things Feel Gloomy In analyzing dozens of studies on brief hope interventions in older adults, Silvia Hernandez, a doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, said cognitive behavioral therapies can significantly improve hope in people struggling with depression, health and bereavement. “We know that if...

Are you a parent of a child between 8 and 12 years old?

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University need your help! We are currently conducting a research study on fatigue and childhood brain injury and need children who have and have not experienced a brain injury. Please view the flyer and contact Jessica Salley Riccardi at jxs1654@case.edu to participate or for more information. Recruitment Flyer

Forget Halloween. Children are frightening year-round.

The New York Times: Sandra Russ, Distinguished University Professor and the Louis D. Beaumont University Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the College of Arts and Sciences, commented on how children talk about death and express their aggression during imaginary play. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/26/parenting/pretend-play-creepy-kids.html

Jessica Salley awarded 2020-2021 Freedman Fellows Student Grant

Jessica Salley is a doctoral candidate in the Communication Sciences program in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Her research investigates the long-term impacts of childhood brain injury on academic and social participation, particularly for individuals in high-risk groups. This project will use virtual reality to create a simulated...

Stacy Williams elected fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Case Western Reserve University faculty member Stacy Williams was elected a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Williams also is COO of a leading online continuing education company, and founder and CEO of Simucase, an online simulation learning platform. ASHA fellowship is one of the highest honors the organization bestows...

IMPACT Program Provides Mentorship to Underrepresented COSI/CSD Students

Lauren Calandruccio, associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, recently received a grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to create the Innovative Mentoring and Professional Advancement through Cultural Training (IMPACT) program. IMPACT is a one-year program, launched earlier this year, that provides formal...

Research on suicidal thoughts

James Overholser, a professor Department of Psychological Sciences at the College of Arts and Sciences, said that passive suicidal ideation is characterized by thinking about dying or a desire to be dead, without actively making a specific plan to carry out those thoughts.   https://uk.style.yahoo.com/had-passive-suicidal-ideation-everyone-061217252.html?guccounter=1

Congratulations to Silvia Hernandez, HaPI Measurement Scholarship Recipient!

Behavioral Measurement Database Services (BMDS) announced the two recipients of the 2020 HaPI Measurement Scholarship. Each scholarship provides a $500 award to a U.S.-based graduate student in the field of health or psychosocial science (e.g., psychology, counseling, sociology, social work, nursing, public health) who is in their 2nd year or...