The Institute of Applied Psychology was established on 6th December 1999 during a time of enormous change in Poland. Social, economic, organizational and technological upheaval associated with the processes of restructuring and reform, created a need to adjust the programme basis and university policy to reflect the new reality.
In order to address the situation, the senate of the Jagiellonian University decided to create a new faculty, The Faculty of Management and Social Communication, within which The Institute of Applied Psychology was formed. As a result, the University can now boast two institutes of Psychology – one within The Faculty of Philosophy (The Institute of Psychology) and the other within The Faculty of Management and Social Communication (The Institute of Applied Psychology).
The University's main aim in making these changes, was to prepare university courses in psychology reflecting the new situation. This demanded and still demands training students to cope with new circumstances using university knowledge in very practical areas such as business, health, education, social welfare and many others. The changes in the programme basis in psychology were and still are modified according to the demands of practice – resulting in an open and flexible list of specializations.
The Institute of Applied Psychology has undergone a number of structural changes since establishment in order to implement the accepted scientific and educational programs. Currently, the following organizational units are included within the structure of the institute:
- The Department of Crisis Intervention and Psychotherapy
- The Department of Developmental and Health Psychology
- The Department of Work and Organizational Psychology
- The Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroergonomics
- The Department of Social Communication and Basic Research in Psychology
- The Department of Neurobiology and Neuropsychology
- The Department of Forensic Psychology and Criminology
- The Laboratory of Transport Psychology
- The Laboratory of Oculography
- The Laboratory of Dense Array EEG
In 2010 The Institute of Applied Psychology was moved to new buildings within the campus of The Faculty of Management and Social Communication. The new accommodation is equipped with very modern scientific, research and educational facilities. There are well appointed laboratories, a laboratory of experimental psychology (a new laboratory of electroencephalography, which is equipped with a 256 Channel EEG System from Electrical Geodesics Inc. - the only such system in Central Europe), a laboratory of psychology of advertising and mass media, and a laboratory of transport psychology. All laboratories are appointed with specialist equipment in order to run practical lectures and conduct research.
Due to recent investment in The Department of Neuroergonomics, new opportunities exist for experimentation using Magnetic Resonance Imaging and eye movement analysis.
Developments such as these mean that our modern research facilities, with equipment adapted to the function of each particular laboratory, will enable both scientists and students to carry out scientific research and experiments across many fields of applied psychology.
Other imminent developments include:
- further development and enrichment of the educational offering in new fields of applied psychology
- establishing new organizational units – e.g. The Department of Managerial Psychology
- the development of collaboration with domestic and foreign scientific institutions
- establishing a doctorate programme in applied psychology.