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

As Director of the Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences (DCAS) Program at Case Western Reserve University, I would like to welcome you. Whether this is your first exposure or you have a lot of experience in psychology, there has never been a more exciting time to be in Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences. Important questions are being answered by DCAS psychologists all over the world, including here at Case Western Reserve University. Why is now such a good time? The tools we have available to use are more powerful now than at any time in the past. Available tools include fMRI, average evoked potentials, new and informative assessment tools, and statistical techniques that have not been possible until recently. We are entering into a golden age of Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences, and you should be excited to be a part of it. Whether your interests lie in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, affective neuroscience, behavioral genetics, intelligence, or developmental disorders, the DCAS program at Case Western Reserve University is the place to be.

Contact me, Dr. Elizabeth J Short, Director of the DCAS program or any of our top notch faculty for more information.

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

DCAS News and Highlights

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/

Congratulations to Huangqi Jiang

Congratulations to Huangqi Jiang, a Case Western Psychology DCAS graduate student, for successfully defending his master's thesis on factor analysis of cognitive control with advisor Brooke Macnamara!

Huangqi Jiang presents at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society

PhD DCAS student Huangqi Jiang presents his research at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in New Orleans, LA.

Schubert Center Welcomes Dr. Anastasia Dimitropoulos as Research Director

The Schubert Center for child policy and research recently announced that Dr. Anastasia Dimitropoulos will be leading the center's research initiatives as the new Research Director.  Congratulations Dr. Dimitropoulos!