Clinical psychological services have been there since the inception of mental health institute at SCB Medical College & Hospital, Cuttack. The Department of Clinical Psychology was earlier attached to Department of Psychiatry. Keeping in view the Rehabilitation Council of India guidelines government have been pleased to create an independent department of Clinical Psychology in MHI, SCB MCH, Cuttack, vide notification no. DC & MA (MH)-07/12-30950/H, dated 27th November, 2012 of Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Odisha.
As per the Centre of Excellence scheme under NMHP RCI approved M.Phil in Clinical Psychology course started from 2013-2014 under Utkal University, Odisha. After successful completion of ongoing M.Phil Clinical Psychology programmes, RCI has given necessary approval for extension from 2018-19 to 2022-23.