Case Western Psychological Sciences faculty conduct cutting edge interdisciplinary research on the brain, memory, behaviors, speech, swallowing, clinical disorders, learning, expertise, play, perception, and many other topics. We encourage students to become involved in research, especially those who plan to go on to graduate school in psychology. Research experience provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the scientific process and to get to know faculty members and graduate students in the department better. Additionally, research assistant experience provides opportunities for faculty to know you and write letters of recommendation on your behalf. Some research experiences can even sometimes result in student authorship on papers and conference presentations, both of which are helpful if one wants to pursue graduate school.

To learn more about faculty members’ research topics, please see their profiles.


Research Methods Class

We recommend that all psychology and communication sciences majors take Research Methods, PSCL375 during their time at CWRU. This course teaches you foundational information about conducting a literature search, evaluating the scientific merit of existing research, creating hypotheses, and designing studies. The course is offered in a small seminar and involves a large number of exercises and experiential learning.  Research Methods is also a pre-requisite for many of the department’s Capstone courses.


Research Assistant Experience

If you are interested in becoming more involved in research, please look at the faculty profiles and contact professors whose research interests you via email. Please send professors your unofficial transcript and CV/resume if you have one. Due to the large number of students who want to serve as a research assistant, it sometimes takes several semesters to find a lab with available research assistant slots. Don’t give up! We highly encourage you to take this opportunity to learn more about research



Looking to be a participant in research?

Please see the SONA system for students in PSCL101 and PSCL375.

Also please see the SONA system for paid research studies.

Research News

Psychology researchers recruiting 7th through 12th graders to participate in paid video-platform creativity study!

Case Western Reserve University faculty member, Dr. Sandra Russ, PhD, and her graduate student, Alexis Lee, MA, in the Department of Psychological Sciences are seeking pre-adolescents and adolescents to take part in a research initiative looking at aspects of creativity. WHO? Young people in grades 7th through 12th both...

When playtime and COVID collide

The New York Times: Sandra Russ, Distinguished University Professor and the Louis D. Beaumont University Professor, discussed how children are incorporating COVID-19 in their pretend play. She said studies have shown children in pediatric hospitals who incorporate their experience into play—by performing “surgery” on their stuffed animals, for example—experience...

Participate in research: COVID-19 on OCD Symptoms and Parenting

Was your family impacted by the coronavirus? Are you or your child struggling with anxiety or depression about the coronavirus or social distancing? Help CWRU researchers learn more about the impact of the coronavirus on children, parents, and families. If you have a child ages 7-17 and have been...

Congratulations to Shin Hyung Kim for being selected as a SOURCE 2020 Summer Research Fellow!

Congratulations to Shin Hyung Kim for being selected as a SOURCE 2020 Summer Research Fellow. Steve's project will be supervised by Dr. Calandrucio and will focus on understanding the importance of the meaningfulness of competing speech in multi-talker environments. Thank you to the SOURCE office and to the Bruce...

Isabella Beninate selected as a SOURCE 2020 Summer Research Fellow

Congratulations to undergraduate Isabella Beninate for being selected as a SOURCE 2020 Summer Research Fellow. Isabella's project will be supervised by Dr. Calandrucio and will focus on the acoustic analyses of speech produced by multiple talkers. Thank you to the SOURCE office and to the Bruce Rakay Summer Research...

Congratulations Juliana Yoon, 1st place SOURCE Virtual Intersections Award Winner!

Undergraduate Juliana Yoon received 1st place honors in the Social Sciences category for her presentation titled: Workplace Bullying in the Nursing Profession: Dangers and Potential Solutions. Faculty Mentor: Anastasia Dimitropoulos, Department of Psychological Sciences.