Staff Profiles

Prof Seth Oppong


Faculty of Social Sciences


Associate Professor

Location: 225/117
Phone: Ext. 4166

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), University of Ghana, Legon
  • Master of Philosophy (Psychology) University of Ghana, Legon
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with Political Science (First Class Honours with FCGPA of 3.86/4), University of Ghana, Legon

Prof. S. Oppong is arguably one of Africa’s best-known scholars on indigenous psychology. He is also a Research Associate with the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Prior to joining UB, he taught at universities in Ghana and Liberia. He was an international visiting research scholar to North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and a Carnegie Scholar at University of Ghana. He has served as an external thesis examiner for UKZN, UNISA, Rhodes University, and University of Cape Coast (UCC) as well as a promotion assessor for University of Ghana and UCC. He is a member of the African Union CESA-ECED Knowledge Generation Core Working Group, AfECN Regional Research Technical Team, and Advisory Board member of Mindfully LLC as well as Early Childhood Network-Ghana. During the course of his career, he has proposed the following: 1) Psychological Theoretics, 2)model of valued human cognitive abilities, 3) risk chain process model, 4) integrated model of human actions and conditions, and 5) bio-cultural theory of becoming a person. He has also co-authored a practical resource on how to  enhance cultural relevance of early childhood development interventions in Africa. He created the Characterological Interpersonal Coping Styles Diagnostics. He is best known for his work on history, critical, cultural, and indigenous/African psychology; epistemological violence; Anton W. Amo; and decolonising early child development in Africa. Email:

  • History and philosophy of psychology 
  • Organisational psychology
  • Human factors in the work environment
  • Psychometrics
  • Research project supervision
  • Cognition and learning
  • Psychology of labour relations
  • Training and development

  • Occupational health psychology, traffic psychology
  • Psychological testing 
  • History of psychology
  • Theoretical and philosophical psychology
  • Meta-science with respect to psychological science
  • Indigenous and African psychology
  • Decolonising early childhood development programming

He is open to thesis supervision and examination in the following areas:

  • Organisational psychology topics
  • Management, OB, OD, and HRM topics
  • Occupational health psychology topics
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • Psychometrics
  • Applied psychology excluding clinical and counselling psychology topics
  • Intervention studies and translational research 
  • Ethics and professional competence 
  • Behavioural health research
  • Decolonisation of early childhood development 

In pursuit of academic excellence