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.

Also please see the SONA system for paid research studies.

Research News

Sandra Russ edits new book with contributors from the College and alumni co-editor

Sandra Russ, Distinguished University Professor and Louis D. Beaumont University Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, is the senior editor of the recently published Cambridge Handbook of Lifespan Development of Creativity. One of the co-editors, Jessica Hoffmann, was once her graduate student. Along with Russ, two other College...

Amy Przeworski receives NEA grant as extension of her EHI award

Amy Przeworski, associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a project she developed in collaboration with Christopher Bohan, instructor in the Department of Theater. The project, which received seed funding from the college’s Expanding Horizons Initiative, will...

10 science-backed strategies to lose weight while maintaining your muscle gains

Shape: Julie Exline, professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, explained how women may eat more to please others, and how to stand up to such pressure when in a group of friends. Generally speaking, “women score slightly higher than men on people-pleasing measures,” she said. Read the full article...

Student IMPACT: New Program Promotes Diversity, Inclusion in Audiology

The United States is home to a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse population. In contrast, there is remarkably little diversity among audiologists. Drs. Jessica Sullivan and Lauren Calandruccio are determined to help change that. Dr. Sullivan is an Assistant Professor and interim Department Chair in the Department of Communicative...

Lauren Calandruccio’s IMPACT Program receives additional funding

Lauren Calandruccio’s IMPACT Program in the Department of Psychological Science launched in September 2020. Since its start the program has gained traction, attention and now additional funding to continue. Learn more about the program and its recent success in The Hearing Journal’s October cover story.

Is your child 6-9 years old? Are they typically developing? It’s Play Time! (remotely!)

The Neurodevelopment Research Lab at Case Western Reserve University is recruiting typically developing, school-aged children (ages 6-9) for a remote pretend play study. Eligibility: Child between the ages of 6-9 at the time of enrollment No diagnosis of any developmental disorder Access to a computer/laptop with video capability for remote...