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

Congratulations to COSI undergraduate Isabella Beninate for for winning first place in the Schuberts@Intersections competition

The Schubert Center for Child Studies announced the winners of the fall 2020 Schuberts@Intersections competition. To celebrate and encourage students whose research is focused on children or adolescents, the Schubert Center sponsors a competition for recognition each semester during Intersections. The students’ research covers a wide range of topics...

Is God listening to my prayers? Initial validation of a brief measure of perceived divine engagement and disengagement in response to prayer.

When people pray to God, do they believe that God is actually listening to their prayers? Some people do, and they might even believe that God goes a step further, providing guidance or trying to speak to them. In other cases, though, people might experience God as being silent:...

How to find a mental health therapist who’s affordable, nearby and a good fit for you: Coping through COVID

The Case Western Reserve Psychology Clinic at the College of Arts and Sciences was highlighted regarding services available to Northeast Ohioans for coping with stress caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Read the entire article here: https://www.cleveland.com/coronavirus/2021/01/how-to-find-a-mental-health-therapist-whos-affordable-nearby-and-a-good-fit-for-you-coping-through-covid.html  

Research Participants Needed: Experiences of Trans*, Gender Fluid, Genderqueer, and Gender Non-Conforming Adults

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are conducting an online study of the experiences of transgender, gender non-binary, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, and gender fluid adults. The study involves completing online questionnaires about your experiences and emotions. In order to complete it, you must be at least 18 years of...

Your child may mention COVID-19 during playtime. Experts say that’s OK

Deseret News: Sandra Russ, Distinguished University Professor and the Louis D. Beaumont University Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the College of Arts and Sciences, said that incorporating COVID-19 into children’s playtime can actually be beneficial—as a healthy way for young ones to cope with the pandemic. Read...

Graduate Student Silvia Hernandez quoted in New York Times

Finding Hope When Things Feel Gloomy In analyzing dozens of studies on brief hope interventions in older adults, Silvia Hernandez, a doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, said cognitive behavioral therapies can significantly improve hope in people struggling with depression, health and bereavement. “We know that if...