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

We offer a unique PhD experience, where students, working with a faculty mentor, concentrate on research in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, or affective science. Learn about the program, applying to the program, and the tuition and financial aid we typically offer.

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

DCAS News and Highlights

Meet the new Director of the Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences PhD Program

Congratulations Brooke Macnamara on becoming the new Director of the Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective  Sciences Ph.D. Program!

New Article Explores Physiological Feelings

Amanda Merner, Kelsey Magee, and Professor Heath Demaree recently published a paper exploring the connections between emotional experiences and changes in bodily sensations.  

Amanda Merner Elected to APSSC Executive Board

Amanda Merner has been elected to the Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus (APSSC) executive board for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. She will be serving as the editor for the Student Notebook, a monthly column in the APS Observer dedicated to issues of interest to graduate students.

Meet Anne Kotynski

Meet Anne Kotynski, an affective scientist, who is a 5th-year PhD student in the DCAS program. Anne is currently collecting data for her dissertation on the impact of visual attention on auditory perception. She also recently finished her second year of teaching. Anne's primary PhD advisor is Heath Demaree.

Highlighting Dr. Brooke Macnamara

Meet Dr. Brooke Macnamara, a cognitive psychologist, who is a core faculty member in the DCAS program. Dr. Macnamara researches individual differences in cognitive ability, achievement, skill acquisition, and expertise, as well as factors that impact learning and complex human performance. Her current projects include: testing the premises of...

Highlighting David Katz

Meet David Katz, a cognitive-developmental psychologist, who is a 5th-year PhD student in the DCAS program. David recently finished collecting data for his dissertation on delineating between different types of working memory measures. He also co-authored a meta-analysis on the heritability of spatial ability, recently published in Intelligence. David's primary...

Highlighting Olena Zyga

Meet Olena Zyga, a developmental psychologist, who is a 5th-year PhD student in the DCAS program. Olena's primary research interests have focused along two main lines of work. The first is characterization of early social cognitive ability and parent-child interaction through the use of behavioral and biological measures across...

Meet Michael King

Meet Michael King, a cognitive psychologist, who is a 4th-year PhD student in the DCAS program. Michael is currently collecting data for his dissertation on visual working memory during visual search. He also recently published a paper with fellow DCAS PhD student David Katz, and DCAS faculty members Lee...

Dr. Demaree publishes new study

Read about Dr. Heath Demaree's co-authored study, "To Protect a Good Mood, People Play it Safe", published in the journal Frontiers of Psychology!   https://thedaily.case.edu/study-to-protect-a-good-mood-people-play-it-safe/