Commitment to Research

Psychological Sciences faculty conduct cutting edge interdisciplinary research on the brain, memory, behaviors, speech, swallowing, clinical disorders, learning, expertise, play, perception, and many other topics. Research experience provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the scientific process and to get to know faculty members and graduate students in the department better. Some research experiences can even sometimes result in student authorship on papers and conference presentations, both of which are helpful if one wants to pursue graduate school.

History of our Department

The Department of Psychological Sciences represents the combined strengths of the fields of psychology and communication sciences. Approved by Case Western Reserve University’s Board of Trustees and effective January 1, 2011, this distinctive new department was formed by merging the Department of Psychology’s and the Department of Communication Science’s faculty, staff, research, and undergraduate and graduate training programs.

Psychology Clinic

The Psychology Clinic is a mental health service and training center. Therapy services are provided by graduate students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. All student therapists are closely supervised by licensed psychologists. Therapists in our clinic are affirming of individuals of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. The Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington DC 20002-4242; 202-336-5979).

Our Facilities

The Department of Psychological Sciences has faculty and staff offices, research space, classrooms, graduate student offices, and clinic space on the third and fourth floors of the Cleveland Center for Hearing and Speech, an institution with a longstanding partnership with communication sciences, and also in the Mather Memorial Building which has been the home of the psychology program.  Also housed in the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center is our Psychology Clinic. The Department is centrally located near numerous hospitals and clinics, all of which provide unique opportunities for research and practica, including The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, University Hospitals and Rainbow Babies, and the Cleveland Clinic.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Psychological Sciences is deeply committed to fostering a positive climate for diversity. We wish to create a welcoming environment to all persons of underrepresented backgrounds, including, but not limited to, individuals of differing ages, ethnic/cultural groups, racial groups, gender identities, physical abilities, military and veterans, religious affiliations or beliefs, sexual orientations, and/or socioeconomic statuses. We value diversity of experience in our educational community and consider it to be vital to our growth and development as professionals.

Living and Studying in Cleveland

University Circle, home to Case Western Reserve University, is an intellectual, scientific, cultural, and health care district. This multicultural community boasts a concentration of world-class institutions, more than 20 artistic and cultural venues, and close to 50 dining places all within one square mile of park-like setting. Come visit!