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

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...

Psychological Sciences faculty and students work hard, even in summer

Psychology Associate Professor Anastasia Dimitropoulos and Professor Sandy Russ, along with Psychology graduate student Olena Zyga published a paper titled Early Social Cognitive Ability in Preschoolers with Prader–Willi Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder Communication Sciences Assistant Professor  Rachel Mulheren took an Intro to R Programming class, created content for the...

Game night was a success!

Thank you to our student-run Wellness Committee for organizing a fun Game Night at Tabletop Board Game Café downtown! It was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know our first-year cohort and celebrate the start to a new year. Our Wellness Committee regularly puts together a calendar of...

Practice does not always make perfect, finds study of violinists

“The idea has become really entrenched in our culture, but it’s an oversimplification,” said Brooke Macnamara, a psychologist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. “When it comes to human skill, a complex combination of environmental factors, genetic factors and their interactions explains the performance differences across people.” To...

Debate Arises over Teaching “Growth Mindsets” to Motivate Students

Debate Arises over Teaching “Growth Mindsets” to Motivate Students Research shows conflicting data on the impact of the intervention, but a major new study confirms it can work - Psychological Sciences faculty member Brooke Macnamara weighs in. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/debate-arises-over-teaching-growth-mindsets-to-motivate-students/