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 concentrate on research in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, or affective science 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 concentrations 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.

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

DCAS News and Highlights

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/

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...