Ondo State University now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti was the first State University in Nigeria to have a department of Psychology. It was established in 1983 with three foundation members of academic staff. The Department had 8 foundation students. Since 1983, the staff strength had risen to thirteen and the student population is presently about 500.
The Department started its post-graduate programme in the 1996/97 Session with three M.Sc. students. Currently it has several M.Sc. and Ph.D Students. In addition to the above programme, the Department runs two programmes at the Directorate of Part Time Studies of the University, namely Bachelor Degree in Industrial Psychology and Personnel Management and Masters in Personnel Management (MPM).
The Department like most psychology departments maintains a modest laboratory; where Psychological experiments can be performed. The Department has set up a Psychology Clinic to provide Psychological assistance to member of the University community. The clinic also serves as an avenue to train Clinical Psychologists as professional clinicians.
The Department played host to the Nigerian Psychological Association Annual Conference in 1989. It was the 25th anniversary of Psychology in Nigeria. The activity was significant as it is a hallmark in the history of Psychology in Nigeria. In 1990, the Department was involved in organizing a one-week programme on the use of Computer in the Social Sciences. Dr. Webster a Full Bright Scholar from the United States was the Guest Lecturer.