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

I Had Passive Suicidal Ideation. Here’s What Everyone Should Know

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.

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...

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

In acknowledgment of Suicide Prevention Month, the Psychological Sciences Department at CWRU invites you to take a moment to learn about this important mental health crisis Suicide is a growing public health concern, impacting individuals all over the world. In the United States in 2018, there was an estimated 1.4...

Mandel School Dean Grover C. Gilmore to retire at end of academic year

When Grover “Cleve” Gilmore agreed to lead the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in 2002, his appointment was only supposed to last a year. After all, he was a longtime professor of psychology, not social work. And, the request had come from an interim...

Lisa Ramirez, PhD, discusses challenges in returning to school this fall

Lisa Ramirez, PhD, Pediatric Psychology Specialist at MetroHealth & Assistant Professor at Case Western reserve University, participated in the WCPN Ideastream forum: Challenges in returning to school this fall, and continuing conversation about how the coronavirus is impacting kids’ mental health.

CWRU supports the ASHFoundation Virtual 5k Walk/Run Event

Thirteen Case Western CWRU teammates ran/walked 3.1 miles along with 1,232 other ASHFoundation supporters Saturday, August 29, 2020. The event, which was the ASHFoundation's first virtual walk/run, raised more than $35,000 for communication sciences research and scholarships.

Join the Undergraduate Psychology Student Organization (UPSO)!

This fall, the Department of Psychological Sciences is excited to aid in the establishment of an Undergraduate Psychology Student Organization (UPSO). This organization’s mission is to promote a sense of community among undergraduate students in psychology at CWRU and to provide an opportunity to explore career paths in psychology...

Norah Feeny receives R61 grant from NIMH titled “Treatment of Stress-Related Psychopathology: Targeting Maladaptive and Adaptive Event Processing”, in collaboration with the University of Delaware and the University of Washington.

PATH is an innovative intervention that builds on years of strong theoretical, experimental, and clinical work to target key interconnected maladaptive (unproductive processing, avoidance, and impaired reward sensitivity) and adaptive processes (updating/reappraisal, approach, and positive affect) related to persistent, stressful life event-related psychopathology (e.g., depression, posttraumatic stress disorder). This...