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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

Grover C. Gilmore retires after 20 years as Mandel School dean and 46 years at CWRU

When Grover “Cleve” Gilmore agreed to lead the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in 2002, his appointment was intended to last only a year. Now, after a 20-year tenure as dean of the highly ranked social work school, he will retire June 30. Gilmore’s leadership...

New course addition! PSCL 333: Early Intervention I: Theories and Practice

Are you interested in making a difference in young children's lives?  PSCL 333: Early Intervention I: Theories and Practice (Wednesdays, 8-10:30am) is an exciting newly cross-listed course in the Department of Psychological Sciences offered during Fall 2021. In this seminar-based class, undergraduate students will have an opportunity to learn alongside...

Think Big Leadership Awards announced

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce winners of the 2021 Think Big Leadership Awards. “I am genuinely amazed at the creative, boundary-pushing and community-focused work happening all over our campus, particularly during a year of so much unrest and uncertainty,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Ben...

Faculty members nominated for 2021 Diekhoff Awards

Each spring, Diekhoff Awards recognize outstanding graduate mentoring and teaching. Up to four Diekhoff Awards are given annually, two for mentoring and two for teaching. Faculty members who receive these awards must have an appointment in a department awarding degrees through the School of Graduate Studies. Nominations are made by...

Graduate students earn Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Awards

Case Western Reserve University’s Graduate Student Council offered its first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Award to five students, awarding $4,000 over two award cycles. These awards provide funding to CWRU master’s and doctoral students who are conducting research with marginalized populations. The award winner’s research will address critical gaps...

10 myths about the mind

Psychology Today: Brooke Macnamara, an associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the College of Arts and Sciences, discussed her research examining more than 80 studies of performance across domains—including sports, music and education—which found that deliberate practice accounted for at most about a quarter of performance...

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” ...