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

We’re hiring! Apply today!

17 days left to apply (April 8th) for and receive full consideration for an instructor or lecturer position beginning AY2020-2021 in the Dept of Psychological Sciences at CWRU. Apply: Instructor: Lecturer:

Congratulations Silvia (Rodriguez) Hernandez!

Congratulations Silvia, on receiving a graduate studies travel award to present her poster (master's thesis), "Suicide Among Young-Old and Old-Old Adults," at the 2019 American Society on Aging Conference in New Orleans, LA, April 15-18.

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!

Present at Intersections

Please save the date!  Intersections will be held on April 19, 2019. Stop by and see your fellow students' presentations!

Congratulations to our graduate students on their international presentations!

Congratulations Alison and Liliana! Presented posters at the ICPS 2019, Paris France, March 7-9 with Professor Jim Overholser @CWRUpsychsci Liliana's poster examined the pathology in suicide and death controls. Alison's poster assessed death in opiate users  

Communication Sciences MA students present on treatment meta-analyses

The Communication Sciences MA students completed their treatment meta-analyses this fall. Each student presented a unique topic, ranging from treatment for speech sound disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and cleft-palate to name a few. They each did an amazing job!