Dr David Kariuki

Name: Dr David G. Kariuki
Qualification:        PhD, Clinical Neuropsychology (AD)
Department:          Educational Psychology
Designation:         Lecturer
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Contact Address:  P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi – Kenya

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Orcid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0349-677X

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Dr. David Gichovi Kariuki is a member of staff at Kenyatta University, Department of Educational Psychology. He has a Bachelor of Education (Upper Second-Class Honors) in Business Studies and Economics from University of Nairobi. His graduate training was from Kenyatta University, where he obtained his Master of Arts in Educational Psychology in 1987. His research focus was on Learning and Motivation.

From 1996 to 1998, he undertook an Advanced Diploma course in Clinical Neuropsychology in an initiative sponsored by the Niilo Maki Institute of the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. This enabled him to spearhead the development of the Diploma course in Clinical Child Neuropsychology, which is currently domiciled at the Educational Psychology Department of Kenyatta University. It is the only course of its type in Africa, save for two Universities in South Africa.

He completed his PhD in Educational Psychology at Kenyatta University in 2017. The general area of focus was on Learning and Motivation, while the specific interest was on Personal, Familial and School Factors as correlates of Achievement Motivation among secondary school students in Kenya.

He is a Motivational Speaker as well as an active Researcher with extensive national and international research networks. David has worked as the Co-ordinator, Kenyatta University Family welfare and Counselling project from 1991 to 2014, TOT Consultant in the field of Peer Counselling for the former Highridge Teacher Training College among others as well as a Consultant in Assessment and Remediation of Neuropsychological deficits among children aged 3 to 16 years.

David has been instrumental to the establishment/renewal of the following departmental partnerships:

  • KU/Niilo Maki Institute, Finland
  • KU/Gertude’s Garden Children’s Hospital

He has been involved in marketing Kenyatta University’s Culture Week initiative as well as production of its Brochure and Magazine.

David is a member of several professional bodies such International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), and the Kenya Hospital Association. He serves on a number of Kenyatta University committees and sub-committees in his capacity as the Chairman of Kenyatta University’s Educational Psychology department.

David is a mentor, academic advisor, and supervisor to several undergraduate and graduate students within the Eastern African Region and beyond.


  • Gbade I. (2023): Parental Involvement In Child’s Education As Correlate Of School Disengagement Among Primary School Pupils In Liberia. International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science: ISSN 2454 -6186 Pg.1671 Vol. 7 Issue 7, August 2023.
  • Kariuki, D. G: Theories of Educational Research (Submitted January 2021, Publication awaiting Letter of acceptance).
  • Kariuki, D. G: Foundations of Clinical Child Neuropsychology (March 2021). (Completed and sent for publication).
  • Kariuki, D. G. (2019) The Importance of Students’ Motivation for Their Academic Achievement – Replicating and Extending Previous Findings.
  • Kariuki, D. G. (2018) “The Relationship of Selected Personal Factors to Achievement Motivation Among High School students in Nairobi County, Kenya”.
  • Kariuki, D. G. (2018) The relationship between four demographic factors-familysize, ordinal position, mother's age, and social class-to development of aspirations and their impact on Achievement Motivation.
  • Kariuki, D. G. (2017) “Personal, familial and School factors as Correlates of Achievement Motivation among Secondary School Students in Nairobi County, Kenya”. (PHD Thesis).
  • Aro, T., Kariuki, D. G., Jere-Folotiya, J., Hengari, J., and Mkandawire, L. (2011) “Assessment of Learning Disabilities. Cooperation between Teachers, Psychologists and Parents. African edition”. ISBN: 978-951-29-4687-7 (Painettu).
  • Kariuki, D. G. (2001) Introduction to Psychology, Kenyatta University (IOL), Nairobi.


  • Webinars/Online Conferences
  • Virtual Seminar: Research & Special Collections KU Post Modern Library Kenyatta University: 5th March 2021 12.00pm to 1.00pm https://forms.gle/nFwYboJsJpZZYbK3A
  • Interactive online training for ICT – university    staff    employed     at     East     African December 1st – 15th, 2020. https://learn.iucea.org
  • Kenyatta University Graduate School 40th Postgraduate Webinar for D. Graduands: Theme: “Sustaining Academic & Research Excellence during Covid 19 Pandemic & Beyond”. Tuesday 1st December 2020 & Thursday 3rd December 2020 (8.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.).
  • Virtual seminar for early career researchers on "where to publish", steered by the Division of Research, innovation, and Outreach through the Directorate of Research - 22nd October 2020 from 00 am to 10.00 am. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16- ak1GPMAJU0LIMLwp7qDcYaBb5MqgXkj7DqtlVCmCQ/edit?ts=5f84004e&gxids=7757.
  • Online facilitation training (School of Education –Kenyatta University): 5th August
  • Module development training (Blended learning – Digital School – Kenyatta University): 14th April

Local Face – face Training

  • Training on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDS), Mental Health, Stress Management and HIV & AIDS 23rd & 24th February 2021 BSSC Building, Ground Floor Room 14.
  • Conflict Management by Mokoai Business Solutions, A. 30th October 2020 8 to 4 pm
  • Training of academic staff on use of google meet in teaching and learning:13th October 2020, 2 to 5 pm at the Students' Computer
  • Kenyatta University Wellness and Rehabilitation Services in Collaboration with Basic needs/Basic Rights 15th June 2019.
  • Staff Training on Mental Health and Wellbeing Screening and 23rd May 2019.
  • Training of Trainers Workshop for Staff Mentors and Growing Leaders 3rd February 2019.
  • Teacher training and Development for Peace in the Horn of Africa and Surrounding Countries (4th – 8th June 2018)
  • Educational Psychology Department Postgraduate Workshop, Kenyatta University- held on 23rd February
  • Capacity building seminar for staff mentors, Kenyatta University: January 2018:
  • Module development training: May 17, 2017:
  • Training on Setting and Marking of Examinations: 24th April

International Face to Face Training

  • Attended a Edulink ACP project Education for Children with Learning Disabilities, workshop VI 5-10 June 2011, Lusaka,
  • Attended a workshop on Neuropsychological assessments at Niilo Maki Institute and Jvaskyla University, Finland, between 10th– 20th August 2009 and presented a paper on activities of the Kenyatta University Neuropsychological Assessment and Research
  • Participated in an International training in Lusaka, Zambia on “Issues in Learning Disabilities” between 4th– 10th January 2009. Presented a paper entitled: Rehabilitation of Learning disabilities in
  • Attended a Psychological Congress held at Helsinki University (Finland) between 20th – 22nd August
  • Neuropsychological Assessment and remediation training – Jyvaskyla Finland, from 14th – 19th August
  • Learning Disabilities in Kenya, Zambia, and Finland – Namibia, 24th – 31st January


  • Facilitated Pre-Service training to Hope for Future affiliated Primary school teachers in Korogocho area (2nd - 23rd August 2019).
  • Development of IEC materials for use by TOT’s and Peer Counsellors in the Kenyatta University Family welfare and Counselling


  • Member, ISSBD
  • Member, Neuropsychological Association
  • Member, PSYCHONET (Finland)
  • Member, EDULINK(Finland)
  • Member, Psychological Association of Kenya
  • Member, Kenya Counselling Association
  • Member, Kenya Hospital Association


  • Neuropsychological assessment and remediation
  • Pediatric counselling
  • Peer counselling
  • Motivational Speaking on adolescent and adult issues