Case Western Psychological Sciences faculty conduct cutting edge interdisciplinary research on the brain, memory, behaviors,

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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.

Research News

Psychology’s Rita Obeid calls attention to the psychological consequences of Lebanon’s economic crisis

Rita Obeid, instructor in the department of psychology at Case Western Reserve University College of Arts and Sciences, collaborated with Sabine Saade, professor of psychology at the American University of Beirut, to discuss the impact of Lebanon’s economic crisis on the nation’s psychological well-being in a recently published article.“An...

Participate in CWRU research study on gaslighting

You are invited to participate in Case Western Reserve University Department of Psychological Sciences’ research study about your personal experiences with gaslighting and emotional manipulation. More specifically, this study investigates experiences you have had in your personal relationships where you have felt invalidated or your sense of reality has...

PTSD Depression Research Study Offering Therapy

The PTSD Treatment and Research Program at Case Western Reserve University is looking for people ages 18-65 who have experienced a stressful life event and are experiencing symptoms of PTSD or depression. Such stressors might include sexual assault, physical assault, a bad accident, loss of a job, or military...

Parents and caregivers invited to participate in a research study at CWRU

Are you a parent/caregiver who wants to contribute to scientific research? If yes, and your child is between the ages of 6-18 years old, please consider helping researchers at Case Western Reserve University. About the study: Your involvement will be approximately 45-60 minutes, and is completely virtual. You will be...

Interviews with teens to assess clarity of research survey

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are looking for teens ages 14-17 to review a survey for a project called the Development of an Affirming Group Therapy for LGBTQIA+ Adolescents: Phase 1, and let the researchers know if it is confusing. The process should take no more than 5-10...

Project DRAMA study for adolescents

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are looking for teens ages 14-17 who struggle with anxiety in social situations, constant worries and/or depression to participate in a study. The goal of this study is to learn more about the effectiveness of an improv group course helping adolescents with elevated anxiety...