Welcome to the Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences Program.

We offer a unique PhD experience. Students in the Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences (DCAS) PhD program choose one of the following tracks: developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, or affective science. Students concentrate on research while working closely with a faculty mentor. We prepare students for research and teaching careers applicable to academia and beyond.

Learn about the program, including the three research tracks from which to choose and what each year of the program will entail.

Learn about the DCAS program faculty, including their past and current research.

Learn about applying to the program, including a link to the application.

Learn about the tuition and financial aid we typically offer.

Learn about our commitment to diversity.

Learn about our wellness initiatives for graduate students.

ODHE Review of Ph.D. Programs, Completed May 3, 2017

DCAS News and Highlights

We’re hiring! Apply today!

17 days left to apply (April 8th) for and receive full consideration for an instructor or lecturer position beginning AY2020-2021 in the Dept of Psychological Sciences at CWRU. Apply: Instructor: http://Interfolio.com/73993 Lecturer: http://Interfolio.com/74307

Meet Michael King, recipient of the Douglas K Detterman Award for Commitment to Scholarship in the Fields of Intelligence and Cognitive Ability

What is your research focus? My research centers around the cognitive and perceptual factors that influence human performance, such as memory, attention, and learning. My current research is focused on visual search, and how attentional demands affect working memory capacity during search. What are your goals for after grad school? After...

How Firm Are the Foundations of Mind-Set Theory? Dr. Brooke Macnamara explores the question in her recent publication

Abstract Mind-set refers to people’s beliefs about whether attributes are malleable (growth mind-set) or unchangeable ( fixed mind-set). Proponents of mind-set theory have made bold claims about mind-set’s importance. For example, one’s mind-set is described as having profound effects on one’s motivation and achievements, creating different psychological worlds for people,...

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...

New $1.25 million U.S. Department of Education grant supports training of developmental psychologists and speech language pathologists

A five-year, $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to Case Western Reserve University will support students training to help children with developmental and educational needs. “Many children need extra help in their educational journey. Teachers cannot do it alone,” said Elizabeth Short, a professor in the Department...

October Trivia Night success!

Thank you so much to all who were able to come out to Trivia Night this past Friday at Bottlehouse. Awesome costumes and great competition all around. And lucky for us, we had another dog present this year (a puppy of one of our very own students!) We had a blast...

November Student Spotlight

Meet Michael King, Doctoral Student in the Developmental, Cognitive and Affective Sciences Psychology Program What is your research focus (as well as any academic or service focus)? My research centers around the cognitive and perceptual factors that influence human performance, such as memory, attention, and learning. My current research is focused...