The Department of Psychology at Kyambogo University offers undergraduate and post graduate programmes that focus on contemporary social issues and foster curiosity, critical thinking and compassion in students and graduates. Complementing and underpinning these offerings is the research agenda that focuses on exploring and understanding the key social issues of our times.
Psychology is an exciting major that will help you understand the behavior of yourself and others. Our psychology courses cover a wide variety of topics and are taught in small classroom settings by energetic and dedicated faculty. We provide many opportunities for students to participate in research or gain clinical experience. We place students in a variety of settings to gain clinical experience such as local community mental health organizations, local schools, and substance abuse clinics.
We would like this website to provide information in order to establish contact with us, whether it is regarding collaboration between departments or institutes, both locally and internationally. We hope to foster research and academic psychiatric training in the treatment and care for mental health around the world. We believe that education and research excellence would create the best clinical practice for our patients.
I invite you to visit our webpages to see for yourself examples of the research and teachings that we do that makes our department a unique place to work and study.
Students in this psychology program have a unique opportunity to participate in and conduct research. Many students work personally with faculty on research topics such as sleep disturbances, mate selection, physical activity and cognition, eyewitness memory, the detection of deception, developmental issues, and the effects of stress on cognition.
Many of our students present at the college’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, and others have presented research at major research meetings like the Uganda Counselling Association Annual Symposium, Uganda Mental Health Day, among others. Additionally, many students have co-authored papers that have appeared in leading academic journals.
Graduates of our programs can become leaders in a variety of professional positions, including:
- ABA Therapist
- Clinical Social Worker, Case Manager
- College Professor, Teacher
- Counseling Psychologist
- Crisis and Support Counselor
- Education Counselor
- Forensic Psychologist / Psychologist
- Human Resources Specialist
- Market Research Analyst
- Marriage and Family Therapist
- Mental Health Counselor / Technician
- Public Relations Specialist
- Rehabilitation Consultant / Counselor
- Research Consultant, Scientist, Assistant
- Statistical Consultant
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Youth counselor
Psychologists work in a variety of fields, with many different types of individuals and organizations:
- For those interested in mental health, counselling psychology,clinical psychology assists people who are experiencing psychological and emotional distress.
- Industrial/organizational psychologists work in businesses and companies, using psychological principles to aid in the productivity of those organizations.
- Sports psychologists work with athletes and those involved in athletics to obtain optimal effectiveness.
- School psychologists/counselors work with students and teachers to increase the learning potential of students.
- Forensic psychologists work in conjunction with the legal system in exploring human behavior.
- Developmental psychologists explore how people change over the life span.
- Psychologists also work in colleges and universities, where they educate students in the many sub-disciplines of psychology and where they conduct research that helps better explain human behavior.
For those interested in further studies in psychology, advanced degrees in the field can lead to employment in the following fields:
- Clinical Psychology – assisting people who are experiencing psychological and emotional distress
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology – working in businesses using psychological principles to aid in the productivity of those organizations
- Sports Psychology – working with athletes and those involved in athletics to obtain optimal effectiveness
- School Psychology – working with students and teachers to increase the learning potential of students
- Forensic Psychology – working in conjunction with the legal system in exploring human behavior
- Developmental Psychology – exploring how people change over the life span
- College and University Faculty – educating students in the many sub-disciplines of psychology while conducting research that helps better explain human behavior
If you have any questions about the major, please feel free to ask any psychology professor, or myself. We look forward to seeing you in class.
HENRY KIBEDI, Ph.D
HEAD OF PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT