The Psychology Newsletter. Issue No.2 of July, 2014.
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The Psychology Newsletter

Issue No.2 of July, 2014.



            As the Head of Department, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Department of Psychology. Our services are designed to be relevant and meaningful to our clients. Throughout the week, hundreds of students congregate in various lecture halls and rooms in the university to undertake psychology related activities that can benefit their lives.

            Here at the Department of Psychology we desire to be people who are caring and open so that ALL may experience real love and care.

            We cannot wait to have you as a visitor or student in our department. Thanks a lot for opting to work with us. It is indeed our pleasure.

            All problems get solved at the department of psychology and all the staff strive to ensure that stress is not part of our clients’ life.

            The department is happy to inform you that it offers a number of courses that are relevant to our students’ needs of today and tomorrow. For example, Stress Management, Family and Marital Counselling, Youth Counselling, Vocational Counselling, Health Psychology, Family Psychology Addiction Counselling among others.

            By the way, it is not just in the Faculty of Arts that Psychology courses are offered! The department also offers courses in other schools and colleges of the University of Nairobi. Courses in Psychology of teaching and learning, Human development, Guidance and Counselling and Special Needs Education are offered to Bachelor of Education students in the College of Education and External Studies as well as the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. Social Psychology course is offered by the Department of Psychology to the Architecture students in the College of Architecture and Engineering. Several psychology courses are taught by the department to the students of the School of Economics and School of Journalism.

            The Department would like to welcome you to be part of this great experience of being a member of the privileged community of people who have dedicated their lives to the study of human behavior.     

A word from the editor

This is the second issue of our Departmental Newsletter.  The newsletter is still growing strong and it is providing an important outlet for the news about The Psychology Department. Staff, students and guests are all invited to inform the world about what is going on in The Psychology Department. In the current issues, the focus is mainly on the new developments in the department.

You are all welcome.


Dr. Luke Odiemo Okunya

New postgraduate programs

  1. Master of Psychology

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce the commencement of the Master of Psychology Degree program. This a program with six areas of specialization namely, Community Psychology, Social Psychology, Consumer Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Industrial and Organisational Psychology and Health Psychology.

The respective candidates have already been admitted and attending classes.

  1. Master of Education in Special Needs

This is another new program that launched on the 26th of June, 2014 in The Department of Psychology. This program is housed in the School of Education, College of Education and External Studies, where The Department Psychology usually provides services in Psychology of Education.

We would like to wish the prospective candidates well.

Promotions and new appointment

Dr. Luke Odiemo Okunya was appointed as the new Chairman of the department with effect from the 29th of July, 2014. As we welcome the new Chairman, we also take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Chairperson, Professor Kariuki, for the services rendered to the department in that capacity. Luckily, she will still be part of the department and her services and pieces of advice will be of great value to the achievement of departmental goals. 

In March, 2014, three members of staff were promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer. Dr. Charles Kimamo, Dr, Geofrey Wango and Dr. Luke Odiemo. They were all interviewed on the 10th of March, 2014 and subsequently promoted to their new designations. More information about their personal profiles will be reported in the next issues of our newsletter.

Returning members of staff

The Department of Psychology would like to welcome back Ms. Susan Wamae into the department after successfully completing her Master of Science Degree at the Vanderbilt University in the USA. We are all happy for Susan for her achievement and wish her further success in life.  

New Public Appointments 

Mr. Adams Kihoro has been appointed to the Coordinating Stakeholders Committee for championing and addressing elder abuse issues in Kenya at the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services, Republic of Kenya.

We congratulate him too for this achievement!


Are you associated with the Department of Psychology in anyway? Are you active out there or within the university taking part in activities that are useful to humanity? Be it in church, scouting events, community work, fundraising etc. Then the Department of Psychology kindly requests you for the following items for publication:

  1. A photograph of your participation in the respective activity
  2. A short description of the event you were taking part in. Remember when presenting this short write-up, the following questions must be answers clearly: who, where, what, when, which, why and how of the activity you were engaged in.

You can visit the department in GW 547 and deliver these documents.

Welcome and we hope you will enjoy your time with the department of psychology now and forever more!

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