In the University, Psychology started as a Programme with other disciplines such as Sociology, Counselling, Philosophy and Human Development in October 2002 under the former College of Human Development. In September 2004, the Department was changed to Human Resource Development, comprising both the Psychology and Counselling Programmes. In September 2009, the Department was re-named Department of Psychology, accommodating courses in Psychology and Counselling.

The department started with two (2) faculty but presently has a complement of professors and seasoned Faculty and dedicated non-teaching staff. More than 90% of the academic staff possess the doctorate degree.

In 2007, full accreditation status was awarded to the Department by the National Universities Commission. Another accreditation panel from the National Universities Commission (NUC) visited the Department, in November 2012 and the Programme was again given full accreditation.  The first set of students graduated in 2006.