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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

Congratulations to PSSC undergad winners of the spring 2021 Schubert@Intersections research competition!

The Schubert Center has selected the winners of the spring 2021 Schubert@Intersections research competition, which recognizes undergraduate projects focused on children and adolescents. The following PSSC students were recognized for their research: First place: Anna Marie Giubileo for “ACEs & Adulthood: How Adverse Childhood Experiences Impact Individuals Later in Life” ...

Communication Science graduate students host Multicultural American Caucus night

Last month, American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA) President Lynn Williams surprised the Department of Psychological Science’s National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) undergraduate students during their Multicultural ASHA Caucus. The event, organized by fourth-year student Cassandra Lopez and other members of CWRU’s chapter of NSSLHA, welcomed guests from the Asian...

Graduate student Zoe Perrier addresses vaccine hesitancy

Article by Zoe Perrier, graduate student in the Department of Psychological Sciences, and Adrianne Fletcher, assistant professor and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Regarding hesitancy toward the COVID-19 vaccine, about half the population is in the “movable...

Communication Sciences-MA program ranked #45 of best graduate programs

According to the US News and World Report, CWRU's Communication Scienes-MA program is ranked #45 of the best graduate programs in the U.S. It is the only program in Northern Ohio to rank in the top 45 programs. Speech-language pathology is a competitive field for those who wish to help...

SpeakEasy Makes Things Musical

Since the start of COVID-19, many people have been forced to get creative in order to continue doing their jobs and serving their communities. Jean Nisenboum, instructor in the Department of Psychological Sciences’ communication sciences program, is one of those people. For over 25 years, SpeakEasy, a CWRU program, has...

Maddy Oskowski (COSI-MA) to receive OSLHA scholarship!

Communication Sciences-MA student Maddy Oskowski was informed that she will receive $2000 for her 2nd place finish in the Ohio Speech Language and Hearing Association Scholarship competition. Her message to the program: "Thank you again for nominating me and for providing me with such amazing opportunities--I am extremely fortunate to be...

Listen to Dr. Lincoln’s new podcast!

Dr. Sarah Hope Lincoln recently did an episode for the podcast elated: A Mental Health Podcast, titled Understanding Mental Illness.  You can listen here: https://anchor.fm/elated/episodes/Dr--Sarah-Hope-Lincoln-Understanding-Mental-Illness-eqeccs

Lauren Calandruccio selected for the Louis D. Beaumont University Professorship II

Since joining the department in 2015, Calandruccio has contributed to the advancement of the understanding and approach to working with and rehabilitating people that are hard-of-hearing, now she’s been selected for the Louis D. Beaumont University Professorship II. Read the full article here: https://artsci.case.edu/artsci-update-archive/lauren-calandruccio-selected-for-the-louis-d-beaumont-university-professorship-ii/