The Department of Psychology was established in 1967 under the guidance of Professor Gustav Jahoda, an internationally distinguished Professor of Social and Cross-cultural Psychology. Professor C.E. Fiscian became the first Head of Department in 1967. Professor Fiscian later brought in Mr. H. C. A. Bulley, of blessed memory, from the then Faculty of Education to assist. The initial staff of the Department consisted mainly of volunteers from the United Kingdom and the USA. These included Mr. J.B. Davidoff and Dr. Margaret Earle, both from the United Kingdom Professor Woodruff from the USA.
The first group of students graduated in 1970 and they were four (4) in number. Dr. Kwabena Adjei, currently the National Chairman of the NDC, was one of them. The number of graduating students during the 1970/71 academic year was six (6). The number increased to eight (8) during the 1971/72 academic year but dropped again to four (4) during the 1972/73 academic year. The explosion of student numbers in the Department occurred in the early 1990s, after the introduction of the Semester and Course Credit System by the University.
The first student of the Department who also became a lecturer in the Department was Dr. Kwabena Adjei, who joined the staff of the Department in 1976. Dr. Afrifa was the next to join the Department in 1981.
Even though the Department is housed in a very small temporary structure, it is one of the biggest Departments in the University in terms of student numbers. The numbers actually continue toincrease phenomenally. However, this increase has not been matched with a corresponding increase in staff strength and facilities. Despite this the Department still continues to service various Departments including Nursing, Home Science, Social Work, Management and Accounting students, Prisons and Police Administration Units of the Sociology Department and Military Academy.
The Department has trained a lot of people both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels over the years. In line with its long term mission, the Department is gradually becoming a centre for excellence for its postgraduate Clinical Psychology program, which continues to attract not only graduates from Psychology but also from allied disciplines such as Medicine and Public Health.
Psychology continues to attract several students, both those who qualify and others who for one reason or the other do not qualify to take the course. It is our hope that in the nearest future, our Department, with an increase in its staff strength, will be able to extend its services to the varied number of students who want to take our courses.