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Makerere University attempted to create an Institute of Psychology as a single commonhome for psychology teaching and practice in 1973. The first location in School of Education under Professor Durojaiye in 1975 but remained a department. A new site was proposed in 1987 when the School of Education was planned to move to Kyambogo.
The idea of Psychology  becoming an institute was revived in 1990 and achieved in 1997 but became operational in 1999. The desire has always been to create an environment for nurturing consensus on “professionalizing” psychology in the nation, in the sub region and region. This is because the need for psychological services is on the increase in the country and in the region
The Institute was established with three departments; The department of Mental Health and Community Psychology, the department of Social and Organizational Psychology, and the Outreach Department. It has two undergraduate programmes (Bachelor of Industrial & Organisational Psychology, and Bachelor of Community Psychology), a postgraduate diploma in Counseling, and three masters programmes (Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Organisational Psychology, and Master of Science in Clinical psychology)


In the previous year there Institute made several achievements:

  • Its outreach department that had never been functional became operational. An acting head (Dr. Julius F. Kikooma) was appointed by the Vice Chancelor.
  • The Institute held stakeholder meetings and workshops to review its programmes. Revised programmes are underway
  • One lecturer (Rev. Dr. Vicki Owens) was promoted to level of senior lecturer
  • Conducted three viva voce meetings and two PhD presentations
  • Presented    398 undergraduate students, 23 masters students and 4       postgraduate diploma students for graduation
  • Several members presented papers at international conferences. For instance Dr. Grace Kibanja was facilitated by the School of Graduate Studies to attend and present a paper at the International Academy of African Business Development (University of Florida, USA) and her paper was one of the 19 out of 150 that were selected for publication.

The institute has made several efforts to establish links, collaborations and networks within and outside the country.

  • The founder of Grape Vine ministry in Tororo visited the Institute with a purpose to establish links so as to help the orphans and vulnerable children in his ministry. The link was established and in November 2008 the department of Mental Health and Community Psychology made its first visit to Tororo.
  • In December  2008, Dr. Hakansson Krister from Vaxjo University Sweden and Prof. Aydin Durgunnoghu from the University of Minessota visited the Institute as part of the collaboration activities aimed at starting a joint cross-cultural psychology program in the three universities
  • The Vice Chancellor Finance and Adminstration (Prof. David Bakibinga) visited the Institute and held a meeting with members of staff. Several challenges affecting the Institute were discussed.

The Institute of Psychology was originally a small department under school of Education, and then later grew a bigger department within social sciences then ultimately developing to its current status of an Institute in 2001.

Psychology as a discipline cuts across many disciplines and is a fundamental component to the study of Medicine,management,Education.Business,Economics,and Social Sciences and Arts disciplines.

Its inter-relationships with other disciplines is because it is the study of how the mind functions and this is very important in all courses that have inter-personal,intelectual or organisational aspects.

Besides this relationship with other courses,Psychology is also taught as an independent course and leads to specialisation in a variety of carrier options.