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

WISER Names Jessica Salley as Recipient of Conference Travel Grant

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER), an initiative of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, has named the recipients of its Conference Travel Grant. The grant is an award program for women STEM students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) to attend conferences or professional enrichment opportunities in...

Meet Amanda Merner, DCAS Graduate Student

What is your research focus (as well as any academic or service focus)? My primary research focus is on the interaction between cognitive and emotional processing and the neural/physiological underpinnings of these interactions. Specifically, I am interested in how individual differences in various domains of cognitive functioning impact how people...

Learn about our Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology with an Early Intervention Specialization!

Interested in working in early intervention and pursuing a masters degree? Our state of the art program involves courses and practical training in the field of developmental psychology. In addition, our training model is state-of-the-art in that it is inter-professional in nature, recognizing the need to train across multiple...

Margarid Turnamian presents a poster on data from her senior Capstone

Margarid Turnamian, an undergraduate psychology major at CWRU, presents a poster on data from her senior Capstone on trauma in LGBTQ individuals at the annual conference of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.  

Tom Schlechter, undergraduate, presented poster at national conference

Tom Schlechter, an undergraduate psychology major at CWRU, presented a poster on differences in sexual orientation disclosure in lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in late November in Georgia.

Rachel Mulheren presents poster at ACRM

Faculty member Rachel Mulheren presented a poster at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine in Chicago, titled Pharyngeal Residue and Swallowing Treatment Recommendations After Stroke.

Silvia Rodriguez presents Master’s Thesis poster at Gerontological Society of America

Congratulations to Silvia Rodriguez, who presented part 2 of her Master's Thesis at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Austin, Texas. She received a $200 Behavioral and Social Sciences Travel Stipend as well as $300 from the CWRU GSC (Graduate Student Council) Professional Development...

Congratulations to Melissa Rafferty for an Honorable Mention for Her Poster at the SDBP Annual Meeting!

In September, Melissa received Honorable Mention (2nd place) for the Psychology Section Poster Prize at the Society of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Meeting. Her advisor, Becky Hazen, was also on the poster. The title of the poster was “Hope and Executive Functioning as Correlates of Health Outcomes in Adolescents...