School of Psychology and Human Development has a long-standing tradition as one of the leading psychology expertise in Malaysia. At the beginning of its existence in the 1970s, psychology was under the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Faculty of Arts, The National University of Malaysia. Early establishment of the Psychological Department and program was assisted by a number of respective lecturers from several countries such as the United States and Indonesia.

In 1974, Psychology program produced its first batch of students in psychology. Many of them have been successful in their respective fields and engaged in the public service and private sector. Few others decided to return to the university, either as academicians and/or administrative officers. To cater to the growing needs of psychology knowledge in the field, the Department of Psychology was established in 1977The establishment of this is in line with the expansion of psychology knowledge and demand at that time.

The Department of Psychology is one step ahead in creating human capital resources by offeringpostgraduate program at master degree and PhD levels in psychology in the 1970s. In 2001, the Department of Psychology was merged with Faculty of Human Development as part of UKM restructuring policy. These historic milestones saw significant changes in creating the School of Psychology and Human Development (PPPPM). PPPPM is proud of how far the department has come since its founding in 1974.