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

Expand your circle of friends with 4 tips from a CWRU faculty member in psychological sciences

When you have good news to share, are looking for advice or just need a listening ear, a friend is a good place to turn. From schoolyard buddies to workplace bonds, we develop friendships throughout our lives. And each year, National Make a Friend Day (Feb. 11) celebrates those...

A new paradigm for adult ADHD: A focused strategy to monitor treatment

Psychological sciences’ Elizabeth Short wrote an article titled, A new paradigm for adult ADHD: A focused strategy to monitor treatment, which appeared in Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. Short explores the act of task incompletion as the main dysfunction in adults with ADHD.

How to Recover From Trauma: Treatments and When to Seek Help. Norah Feeny weighs in

Newsbreak: Psychology's Norah Feeny commented on what it takes for people who have experienced trauma to seek treatment and why many patients put off getting help for symptoms for far too long.

4 in 10 Evangelicals Say They’ve Been Visited by the Dead

From Christianity Today: Despite Scripture’s warning against communication from beyond the grave, most consider hearing from loved ones to be a comfort in their grief. Researchers say most people who report “after-death communications” find the interactions to be comforting, not haunting or scary. “They’re often very valuable for people. They...

Psychological sciences’ Elizabeth Short writes about ADHD in adults

Elizabeth Short, professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, recently co-wrote an article about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults. Titled “A new paradigm for adult ADHD: A focused strategy to monitor treatment,” the article appeared in Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. In this article, Short explored the act of task incompletion...

Innovator of the Year: Education

Lauren Calandruccio Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences A winner of Case Western Reserve’s Wittke and Jackson awards for exceptional teaching and mentoring—the first to earn both in the same year—Lauren Calandruccio is no stranger to top university awards. This year, she’s being honored with the Innovator of the Year: Education award for...

CWRU Psychology Clinic offers low-cost therapy for children and adults

The CWRU Psychology Clinic offers evidence-based outpatient individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. We provide low-cost therapy to individuals living in and around the Cleveland area, and welcome individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds. Please call 216-368-0719 or email psychologyclinic@protonmail.com to speak with the clinic coordinator...

$1.25 million grant to expand communication sciences program aimed at diversifying field

Serena Wheeler’s first encounter with the communication sciences field was through her brother, who has autism and works with a speech-language pathologist. But despite this early, personal connection to the field, Wheeler didn’t initially consider it as a career. Instead, she came to Case Western Reserve University planning to...

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Communication Sciences PhD Rolling

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