Established in 1929, Department of Psychology was the first department in the universities of Uttar Pradesh and third in India to offer Under Graduate and Post Graduate courses in Psychology. Eminent psychologists and philosophers of national and international fame such as Prof N.N. Sengupta, Prof. E. Ahmed Shah, Prof. Kali Prasad and Prof. Raj Narain and Prof. H.S. Asthanahave been associated with the department since 1929. The torch of learned leadership was taken by Prof. N.N. Sengupta, Prof. E. Ahmed Shah, Prof. Kali Prasad and Prof. Rajnarain till 1971. From 1972, multifaceted personalities like Prof. R.M.Loomba, Prof.Srichandra, Prof.VimlaAgrawal ,Prof.Prabha Gupta, Prof.NeelimaMisra, Prof.Mukta Rani Rastogi, Prof.Pushpa Mishra, Prof.ArchanaShuklaand Prof. P.C. Mishra till 2015 steered the department into a new era of applied psychology.Currently, the department is being headed byProf.PallaviBhatnagar.
In the formative years of the department, Prof. H.S.Asthana; with his international training helped in establishing the Laboratory Of Experimental Psychology. Gradually, the department expanded its focus from Experimental and Social Psychology to the areas of contemporary social relevance like Peace and Conflict Resolution, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Development, Child Development, Health Psychology ,Psychology of Relationship, Psychobiology, Psychopathology, Clinical Psychology, Personality Growth, Environmental Psychology Community Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Positive Psychology in Practice and Psychology applied to problems of day to day living.
The UGC recognized the outstanding performance of the Department by awarding DRS Phase I in 1996, Phase II in 2001 and DRS phase III in 2007. The focus of the DRS- Phase III was on Positive Psychology.