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

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...

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...

You don’t need ‘natural talent’ to be good at something says Brooke Macnamara

Medium: Brooke Macnamara, an associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the College of Arts and Sciences, is cited for her research into the extent that practice of activities contributes to excellence and expertise. Read the article here: https://medium.com/moments-matter/you-dont-need-natural-talent-to-be-good-at-something-51e9165e04ac  

Contribute to efforts to honor Mandel School Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore ahead of his retirement

After 20 years of leadership as dean of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and 46 years as a member of the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, Grover “Cleve” Gilmore is retiring June 30. Dean Gilmore has been integral to numerous university successes—his...

Elizabeth Short is lead author on study about role of language in children’s play

Elizabeth Short, professor of psychological sciences, was lead author of a study about the role of language in children’s play. The study explored how children who have various developmental disabilities (ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and language delay) played compared to their peers of typical development. Results suggested language delays highlighted...

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...