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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.

Research News

Spring 2024 SchubertCenter@Intersections Winners!

On behalf of our Schubert Center Director, Anastasia Dimitropolous, and the Schubert Center team, we would like to express our appreciation for your help with the SchubertCenter@Intersections competition on April 19, 2024. Your thoughtful assessments allowed us to award prizes to deserving students, supporting individuals whose work will benefit children and adolescents...

Asking yourself Socratic questions can calm your irrational thoughts

CNN: James Overholser, professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the College of Arts and Sciences, explained why therapy can be helpful for working through problems and toward goals in a way that’s difficult for many people to do alone. View the full article here

Recent presidential elections triggered religious and spiritual struggles, study finds

“I wanted to extend our research on spiritual struggles into topics related to current events. In this study, my team and I wanted to understand whether and why U.S. adults might experience spiritual struggles in response to Presidential election results,” said study author Julie J. Exline, a professor of...

A new paradigm for adult ADHD: A focused strategy to monitor treatment

Psychological sciences’ Elizabeth Short wrote an article titled, A new paradigm for adult ADHD: A focused strategy to monitor treatment, which appeared in Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. Short explores the act of task incompletion as the main dysfunction in adults with ADHD.

Looking for parents of healthy children ages 7-17 for an online survey study

A research team at University Hospitals is currently looking for parents of healthy children ages 7-17 for an online survey study: Factors Associated with Behaviors and Emotion in Children with Cleft Lip and/or Palate during COVID-19. You may or may not qualify for the study, even if your child...

Retired professor commits $1.5 million to advance research in child psychology

Growing up as an only child, Sandra Walker Russ made the most of her solitary hours. Through role playing, singing, reading and expressing herself artistically, the unstructured playtime she enjoyed in her early developmental years would later serve as the foundation for a career studying the connection between creative...