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.


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.

The goal of the 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 the planning and implementation of mental health initiatives.

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

Dr. Michael Mbiriri (Lecturer)

PhD, Clinical Psychology

Dr. Samson Barongo (Lecturer)

PhD, Guidance & Counselling

Mr Edward Moracha (Tutorial Fellow)

Psychology Department Publications

  • Otieno, R., Ayuya, C., Ireri, N, Kimani I., Mathenge, J., & Muriithi, J. (2015). African Worldview: An Integrated Psychological Perspective: International Journal of Humanities Social Sciences and Education (IJHSSE)Vol. (2), Issue 5, May 2015, PP 53-61 ISSN 2349-0373 (Print) & ISSN 2349-0381 (Online)
  • Otieno R. A. (2017). Effectiveness of BSFT in Treating Juvenile Delinquents and their Parents at Shikusa Borstal Institution in Kakamega County: A case of Shikusa Borstal Institution in Kakamega County Found in International Journal. Edu. Tech.107 (2017) 47167-47173
  • Otieno, R. A. (2017). Establishment of Dysfunctional Family Structures Related To Adolescent Behavior Problems within the Society: A Case of Shikusa Borstal Institution in Kakamega County. Found in www.Ijssr. Org/ International Journal of Social Science and Economic Research, Volume 02, Issue, 05 May 2017
  • Nyagwencha, S. K., Munene, A., James, N., Mewes, R., & Barke, A. (2018). Prevalence of Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress, Depression, and Anxiety among Abused and Neglected Adolescents in Charitable Children’s Institutions in Nairobi. American Journal of Applied Psychology 7(2), 37 43.doi:10.11648/j.ajap. 20180702.12
  • Nyagwencha, S. K., James, N., & Munene, A. (2018). Association between Symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among Adolescents with a History of Abuse or Neglect. International Journal of Social Science and Economic Research, 3(4), 1198-1209.
  • Nyagwencha, S. K., Munene, A., James, N., Mewes, R., & Barke, A. (2018).Types of Abuse Experienced by Adolescents Living in Charitable Children’s Institutions in Nairobi County, Kenya. African Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1(03). ISSN:978-9966-936-05-9
  •  Samson Barongo, Proff. Michael Okwara, Dr Peter Aloka, Naftali Ondiba. (2015). Association of Levels of Education and Marital Experience on Marital Satisfaction among Selected Marriages in Kisii Township Kisii Count. International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol 5, No 8 (2015). ISSN 2225-0484
  • Samson Barongo (2016). School Administration Strategies and students’ Discipline in Public Secondary School in Kisii Central District, Kenya. Vol 6 No ISSN 2225-0484 (Online)
  • Samson Barongo (2016). The Implication of Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Mitigation Strategies on Marital Stability in Kisii Township of Kisii County, Kenya. Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science Vol 6 Issue 4, pp. 229-238, 2016
  • Samson Barongo (2016). Perspectives and Implications of Anxiety among Pupils. Vol 6 No 6. 2016
  • Samson Barongo (2016). Relationship between Anxiety and Classroom Performance among Pupils in selected Primary Schools in Rachuonyo North Homabay County. Vol 3 ISS 4. (2016). ISSN 2348-3164
  • Samson Barongo, Prof Michael Okwara, Dr. Callen Nyamwange, Zachary Kebati, Dr Peter Onderi (2015). Qualitative Approach on Underlying Factors in Regard to Education that Influence Marital Contentment, Kenya  Vol 3, No 7 (2015). ISSN 2313-6758
  • Samson Barongo, Peter Onder, Zachary Kebati, Michael Okwara, Dr. Edward Bantu (2014). Correlates between Levels of Education in Relation to Marital Satisfaction in KISII Township of KISII County, Kenya. Innovative Space of Scientific Research Journals Vol. 9 No. 1 Nov. 2014, pp. 387-392. ISSN 2028-9324
  • Peter Omae, Prof Michael Okwara, Dr. Pam Raburu, Dr. Samson Barongo S,  Assessment of School Factors Related to Academic Achievement in Mathematics among Secondary School Students of Masaba South Sub County, Kenya. Journal of education
  • David. O. Omae; Peter Omae Onderi; Henry Marita Mokogi; Edward Bantu; Dr. Samson Barongo; Risper.S. Miroro; Mokaya N. Evans (2016). Factors Affecting the Utilisation of Time as a Selected teaching/Learning Resource in Public Day Secondary Schools in Nyacheki Division, Kisii County, Kenya. American Journal of Education and Learning Vol 1(1) 2015): 15-22.DOI: 10.20448/804.
  • A book entitled “Effectiveness of Marital Psychology Guidance Counseling in Society” 2011. ISBN NO: 978-3-8454-4426-0.
  • Samson Barongo, Onderi, Kebati (2016). Attitudes of Junior Police Officers towards Senior Police Officers and Relationship Work Morale. In press Springer link journal
  • Samson Barongo, Onderi P (2018). Pre-Marital Counseling & Marital Conflicts among Christian Couples in Sameta Sub County, Kisii County. Research on Humanities and Social Sciences Vol 8, No 3 (2018).
  • Samson Barongo, Onderi P (2018). Comparative Study on the Attitudes of Junior and Senior Police Service Men on Police Reforms after Promulgation of the New Constitution of 2010. Research on Humanities and Social Sciences Vol 7, No 3 (2019).
  • Michael Mbiriri. (2017). To Establish the Relationship Between Socio-Demographic Characteristics, And Conduct Disorder Among Girls Incarcerated At Kirigiti And Dagoretti Rehabilitation Schools In Kenya. International Journal of Social Science and Economic Research, Volume:02, Issue:08 “August 2017” ISSN: 2455-8834
  • Michael Mbiriri (2017). Determination of the Prevalence of Depression, Anxiety, conduct Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) of Adolescent Girls Incarcerated at Kirigiti and Dagoretti Rehabilitation Schools. Elixir Psychology 110, 48297-48302.
  • Michael Mbiriri (2017). Psychiatric Morbidity among Adolescents Girls Incarcerated at Kirigiti and Dagoretti Rehabilitation Schools in Kenya. American Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 5 No.2, 57-62.
  • Michael Mbiriri (2019). Prevalence of Behavioral And Emotional Problems Among Juvenile Girls Incarcerated At Kirigiti And Dagoretti Rehabilitation Schools In Kenya. International Journal of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Volume 4 Issue 4