Background Information

The Department of Psychology was created in November 2017. This was necessitated by huge demand from the society for mental health services as reflected by the student’s enrolment. Further, increasingly, our society is facing more challenges in the area of mental health. These include increased cases of reported suicide/homicide, substance dependence and non-chemical addictive disorders such as gambling, teenage pregnancy, and other myriad mental health problems. Therefore, Kisii University seeks to prepare qualified and competent mental health workers who will be able to offer much-needed support in meeting the said challenges.

The goal of the Psychology Department

The goal of the department of psychology is to equip students with skills and knowledge to analyze the psychosocial issues and interventions that result in a holistically healthy society and gain knowledge in planning and implementation of mental health initiatives.


To prepare world-class students, competent in academic excellence, counseling, research, and social welfare.


To produce graduates who will meet the psychological needs of the society, promote mental well-being and integrate people back to society after the psychological intervention and to enable them to adjust to their changing environment.

Objectives of the Department

The general objective of the department is to produce graduates who are competent especially in handling mental health issues in multicultural settings both at the local, national and international levels. These are in relation to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals and the Big Four Agenda.

The specific objectives of the department include:

  1. To help develop students with critical and analytical skills relevant for therapeutic approach to psychological issues.
  2. To prepare students for careers in the public and private sectors by incorporating marketable skills into general curriculum.
  3. To promote a thorough understanding on policy and programme formulation, implementation and evaluation, decision-making and other problem-solving strategies.
  4. To prepare students for entry-level positions in various organisations.
  5. To prepare students to administer psychological assessment, interpret results and implement treatment based on the diagnosis.
  6. To prepare students with high ethical values in handling their work.