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

Jessica Salley awarded 2020-2021 Freedman Fellows Student Grant

Jessica Salley is a doctoral candidate in the Communication Sciences program in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Her research investigates the long-term impacts of childhood brain injury on academic and social participation, particularly for individuals in high-risk groups. This project will use virtual reality to create a simulated...

Stacy Williams elected fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Case Western Reserve University faculty member Stacy Williams was elected a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Williams also is COO of a leading online continuing education company, and founder and CEO of Simucase, an online simulation learning platform. ASHA fellowship is one of the highest honors the organization bestows...

Research on suicidal thoughts

James Overholser, a professor Department of Psychological Sciences at the College of Arts and Sciences, said that passive suicidal ideation is characterized by thinking about dying or a desire to be dead, without actively making a specific plan to carry out those thoughts.   https://uk.style.yahoo.com/had-passive-suicidal-ideation-everyone-061217252.html?guccounter=1

Congratulations to Silvia Hernandez, HaPI Measurement Scholarship Recipient!

Behavioral Measurement Database Services (BMDS) announced the two recipients of the 2020 HaPI Measurement Scholarship. Each scholarship provides a $500 award to a U.S.-based graduate student in the field of health or psychosocial science (e.g., psychology, counseling, sociology, social work, nursing, public health) who is in their 2nd year or...

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

In acknowledgment of Suicide Prevention Month, the Psychological Sciences Department at CWRU invites you to take a moment to learn about this important mental health crisis Suicide is a growing public health concern, impacting individuals all over the world. In the United States in 2018, there was an estimated 1.4...

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...