Barrett, Elizabeth  

Psychology and Human Development

3.64/4.00

25 evaluations


CD 254


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2010
Professor Barrett is an AMAZING teacher. Her class is definitely rewarding and is actually not at all difficult. Never did i find myself bored. She works hard to create a trusting environment and really cares about her students. I really wish I could take her for every class. YOU WON\'T REGRET TAKING HER. take notes from her powerpoints and maybe skim the reading, do the study guide and you\'ll be guaranteed an A. You could possibly pass without the book, as well. It\'s an easy class, but not stupid, easy. You really do gain something out of it.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2014
Take Professor Barrett for any class you see she is teaching!!! I took her for Family psych and I would recommend this class with her as the professor to anyone. It basically changes your life and is an easy A as long as you study for the midterm and final and put true effort into the 3 projects. Take this class no matter what major you are in!!!!! You'll never want to miss a day of this class and good news about that, you don't need to do the reading because you'll have all the info you need and more in lecture.


Sophomore
A
Elective
Dec 2015
The normal stuff: Professor Barrett always presents engaging lectures. Only 6 grades are entered, 4 projects and a midterm and final. This means projects are worth a lot of the grade of the class but the projects aren't hard in the traditional sense. As long as you spend adequate doing the assignment and reflect on the material offered in class honestly, thoughtfully and thoroughly you will get an A. Of course, this means the grading is somewhat subjective since it is an essay and not a math problem with a definitive answer. But she is subjective only is deciding how well you answer prompts, clear questions printed on the syllabus and handed out the first day of class, and not, as far as I could tell, based off personal rapport or whether or not she agrees with you. The tests require some memorization of the lecture material so you absolutely must come to each class and take notes. However, if you do that and, as mentioned, spend a meaningful few hours per project, you will ace this class no problem. The great stuff: The thing I love the most about Professor Barrett is her engaging lecture style. She is not afraid to bring her own opinions into the class and share her personal experience as it connects to the material. One other reviewer mentioned that they didn't like this fact about one of her classes and that they found it hostile. Here I offer my rebuttal: the point of college classes, especially in a field like psychology, is to challenge your personal views and way of thinking and make you learn something useful and learn something about yourself. What better way to do that then to present an opinion to the class to discuss? In my experience, Professor Barrett is always respectful of students when addressing them directly and answers ALL questions to the best of her knowledge. Still, she creates a learning environment where you are challenged every single lecture with applying the material to your own life and really digesting it. This class is not simply memorization, it is much more valuable than that because Professor Barrett strives to make it so. Additionally, the projects assigned are not only relevant to class material but also to a student's personal growth. This includes finishing the class with an interview of someone who has experienced the entire life cycle (read: someone 75+), a meaningful experience. To conclude, I will admit that I cannot directly comment on the experience you will have with Professor Barrett in a graduate class, however the classroom environment she creates gives you as a student the opportunity to develop both yourself and your understanding of the world. She cares about each and every student, learns their names, and encourages good daily mental health habits such as steady breathing/relaxation and putting your stress into words. I wish I had the opportunity to take more classes with her.

PSY 254


Freshman
A
Elective
Mar 2011
This class was so much fun. Professor Barrett really knows her material, and she is very helpful and approachable. The material is pretty straight forward. It is important to come to class because many questions on her exams are from her lectures. There are reflection papers (3), exams (2), and a film analysis. The exams are fair, and so are the papers.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
May 2011
Professor Barrett is beyond amazing. She's hilarious in class and relates the material to every day life (granted, it is family psychology and super applicable to every relationship). She's super fair in her grading and makes it extremely clear what she expects in terms of grading. I never read for class but paid attention in lecture and got an A in the class. She also takes an interest in her students' lives and genuinely cares about their well-being. She's the best!


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2011
TAKE DR. BARRETT if you have the chance. She is amazing-- I don't see how this woman could get a bad review. I wish I could carry her around in my pocket. Dr. Barrett is so inspiring--she has lived a great life-she has a healthy family, job and overall sense of well-being. She is passionate about what she does and she wants everyone to succeed. TAKE THIS CLASS. Amazing, it has changed my life. I hope to take another class with Dr. Barrett. GREAT JOB CP for finally hiring a wonderful teacher.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2011
Professor Barrett is the most wonderful teacher I have had at Cal Poly. She is very passionate about what she is teaching and offers a lot of knowledge to the class. This course should really be a required GE as it is very enlightening to things that we will really encounter in our lives. Her tests are extremely fair and one can get an A easily if they attend lecture and are engaged, which isn't difficult as Professor Barrett is a great speaker. There are four little projects or papers that are about 2 pages each. Nothing that needs too much research, just a way to enhance the class. If you are looking for a good use of your elective units I recommend this class.


Junior
B
Elective
Dec 2011
I've been at Cal Poly for 3 years and Mrs. Barrett is definitely my favorite professor. In fact, she's my favorite teacher in all my school years. She is so passionate, knowledgeable, HUMOROUS, and genuinely cares about how her students are doing in class and outside of class. Her jokes can stir up a roar of laughter throughout the whole class and her humor keeps me awake throughout the 2 hours. Also, the material is very interesting and I ended up reading other chapters that were not assigned because this class and the book she recommended was that interesting. There are a few papers, but they're easy, as long as you try and follow the prompt, you'll do fine. There is one art project (don't worry, she doesn't grade on your artistic skill, just your effort and how well you understand the prompt). The reason why I loved doing the essays and projects is because they helped me understand myself and the world better. Yes, it is a lecture class, but you learn so much about yourself and those around you that can help you today and prepare you for the future. Absolutely my favorite class. I didn't miss one class (not because I was worried about my grade, but because I wanted to hear her lectures). Take this class. Even if you don't have to. You won't regret it.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2012
Dr. Barrett is an amazing professor who is extremely passionate about psychology. Take her whenever possible. She is knowledgeable and helpful and her lectures were always highly entertaining. I learned so much in family psych and it was the least stressful of all my classes. The projects are fun and graded fairly and the midterm and final are very straightforward. Sadly, I don't think Barrett is teaching this class in the fall but hopefully she will again in the future.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2013
Professor Barrett is my idol. I wish she was my best friend or aunt or something. She is so wise and interesting. I sat front row and went to every class mostly because I would never want to miss a word she says! She's hilarious and kind and this class truly taught me about myself and the world. I learned so much in this class. I wish i could take it again and i feel bad for those who never took it! -->TAKE. THIS. CLASS. <-- Even if you don't have to! I force all my friends to take it because its just so informative and interesting. I love you Prof. Barrett!


Sophomore
A
Elective
Dec 2013
This class was amazing! I don't think I have ever enjoyed a class as much as this one at any level of my education. Each and every day, I left the lecture feeling like I had learned a valuable life lesson. Professor Barrett was always full of positive energy and truly made an effort to connect with all of her students. She was also extremely helpful during office hours. The class assignments consisted of three projects (all of which I found very enjoyable), two exams (a midterm and a final) and readings from the textbook and/or articles from lecture. I definitely recommend this class to everyone, regardless of major, as it is super applicable to your entire life, not just your career. Your college education won't be the same without it. I hope I get the chance to take another class with Professor Barrett in the future!


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2013
Professor Barrett is hands down the best professor I have had at Cal Poly. I genuinely looked forward to each and every class of hers and she has definitely had a significant positive impact on my life and the way I interpret my relationships with other people. I was so sad when the quarter ended and I cried on the last day of class. I HIGHLY recommend this class to anyone, not just people who are PSY or CD majors. If you have the opportunity to take a class with Barrett DO NOT HESITATE. She might just change your life. PS I would not even be taking the time to write on this page if I did not feel strongly about it. :)


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2015
This was such a fun class and Barret is a great teacher. There is a lot of projects and work but no tests which I personally liked! Pay attention in class you will need to add this info in to your essays.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2016
First off, let me just say Professor Barrett is amazing. Her lectures are extremely entertaining and full of material at the same time. She is incredibly knowledgable on the subject and it really shows. Her grading policy is extremely fair, she even says she won't hold your grade above your head, yet with this being said, she does want a fair amount of effort to be put into the projects. TAKE THIS CLASS. You will not regret it.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2016
BARRETT IS THE BEST PROFESSOR I WILL EVER HAVE. She shares her wisdom about life and life experiences and is truly a fascinating. Aside from her insanely introspective class, its not too hard. You have a few projects that do require you to put in some effort but aren't hard to do well on. She has two exams, but be warned the final is a little harder than you expect based on the midterm. Her exams are mainly lecture based, but overall the best class I've taken in my life. There is so much knowledge and wisdom she has to offer. I think everyone should take her class so if you're considering it please do it! Literally changed my life


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2016
Professor Barrett is one of the best teachers/professors I have ever had. I am a first year at Cal Poly and I took her Family Psych class my fall quarter, and I can honestly say the course has changed my life. I feel that I am a more attentive, observant, and appreciative person because of this course and I think that everyone should take this class! She is a relatively easy grader, she tells hilarious, emotional, and personal stories that relate directly to the material, and her tests are very reasonable. However, it is important to come to class because she covers a lot of material every day. There are also a lot of projects that may seem tedious, but if you take them seriously, and get them done earlier than later, you'll get something valuable out of it! As long as you show up and are ready to engage, this class will be very enjoyable! Professor Barrett is also a clinical family therapist and she shares many stories from her experience! If that's something you're interested in, you should definitely talk to her about it! She is enthusiastic, reasonable, and cares very much about her students. In this class, you will learn much more than just the material presented in the textbook. This class will teach you lasting life values about managing stress, maintaining healthy relationships, and what is means to be successful. I'm excited for you to meet Professor Barrett <3


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2016
At first I didn't think I was going to like this class because it seemed like a lot of work and I didn't understand why people loved it so much. But as the quarter went on, I grew to love Professor Barrett and became much more interested in the material we were learning in class! Not only did this class change my perspective on life, it was also one of the most useful classes I've ever taken. We learn about the psychology of communication, dating/relationships, family dynamics, and even body image and feminism. You may not agree with all of her opinions, but I think it's definitely important to hear things from another person's perspective, you might be surprised how much you get out of it! There's 4 projects which seems like a lot but it is doable! For the midterm and final she gives you a study guide and for the final you get to use a full page front and back of notes during the test. I highly recommend this class even for people who aren't PSY/CD majors, it will literally blow your mind and you won't regret taking it! Professor Barrett is the best!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
I love Barrett. Her class was seriously life-changing, and not once was I sitting in lecture bored. She has such insightful things to say, and is teaching for so many more reasons than just to give us the grade (which, by the way, is an easy A as long as you do what you have to do). She can sometimes be one-sided and judgmental, but once you get passed that you can appreciate what she's doing to change your life. The work load is seriously not much at all and you will get SO MUCH OUT OF THIS CLASS. PLEASE TAKE THIS CLASS I BEG YOU.

PSY 323


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
May 2011
Professor Barrett is AMAZING!!! If you can take her for 323 or Family Psy, DO IT!!!! She is a very fair grader, and loves the material she is teaching. She can sense when students are not feeling well and has worked flexibly with the schedule and class set up. She is a wonderful person who truly cares about the students and just wants to know that you take the material seriously and appreciate her style. She is fabulous!!!

PSY 370


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Apr 2016
Barrett is amazing, the course material for this class is relevant if anything but her teaching methods are enlightening and she has some amazing life advice. She also is super great to talk to in office hours, overall amazing prof!!

PSY 450


Senior
A
Elective
Jan 2016
I had the pleasure of taking Professor Barrett for four courses (PSY 254, 323, 370 & 450) while at Cal Poly. To say she was the most inspiring professor I had throughout my undergraduate experience would be an understatement. I will start off by acknowledging the fact that I am biased, because this particular professor symbolizes what I strive to be like as a marriage and family therapist. However, I will do my best to put my personal feelings aside and evaluate her teaching abilities alone. As far as her courses go, they all seem to follow a similar pattern in assignments and expectations. She expects that you come to class consistently. She expects that you will give her your undivided attention and that you come prepared to engage in class discussions. She expects that you will be open and honest both with your own experiences and with your feelings and opinions about course topics. Her lectures are extremely interesting and while I am a student who typically misses a few classes per quarter, I genuinely looked forward to class and had no problem turning off my cell phone during each lecture. Her tests heavily rely on lecture notes and if you take notes and absorb the information during lectures you will have no problem getting an A. The papers and assignments (usually an art project) revolve around self-awareness. The material can be challenging in the fact that it forces you to analyze yourself in ways that you may not have considered before. Barrett will push you out of your comfort zone, especially in PSY 323 & 450. She also is not afraid to inform you that textbook courses are not enough to make you a successful therapist. She is BIG on experience, fitting for a college that promotes "learn by doing". Personally, I appreciated her push to step outside one's comfort zone and embrace hands-on experience. However, in PSY 450, a course mixed with graduate and undergraduate students, I did notice hesitation from the graduate students. Perhaps because they are more confident in their therapeutic abilities they see her emphasis on experience as a way of telling them they will fail? I'm not sure, but I think she is honest and realistic about the difficult field of psychology. I mean anyone who entering the field knows the work is not going to be easy, and will come with a learning curve, right? I would hope so. Bottom line: she is a refreshingly open and honest professor that students can learn a great deal from if they enter the course with an open mind and heart. DO NOT MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A COURSE WITH PROFESSOR BARRETT, SHE IS LIFE CHANGING!

PSY 460


Graduate Student
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2013
Undergrads seem to love her, but I was not impressed. She is very judgmental and only considers her own way of looking at things. She constantly reminds the class what "horrible" therapists we will all be in the beginning, yet never tells about her own experiences in the beginning (which we could potentially learn from). She's very full of her self...


5th Year Senior
B
Elective
Jul 2013
You will never regret taking a class with Barrett. I truly feel bad for people who have never had her as a professor. If you have the opportunity to take a class with Elizabeth Barrett- REGISTER.

PSY 520


Graduate Student
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2015
Barrett creates a hostile environment in the classroom where she forces her unsolicited, narrow, judgmental opinions on the class. Through her verbal harassments, she invalidated the cohort's ability to be successful within days of knowing us, while creating fear and anxiety within the classroom. During the first week of classes, she emphasized to the cohort how unqualified we will be upon graduating for not being married or having children. She has no clearly defined rubric or expectations for papers and expects the class to take one cumulative test (final).The material on the final was not clearly covered in lecture. On the day of final she added 3 short answer questions that ended up being worth 30% of the test, with NO warning (no opportunity to prepare). The assignments overall were meaningful but the content was lost in her aggressive, judgmental, process. There were several occasions where she was aggressive with the class (physically throwing the test out to us, slamming our journals down in a temper-tantrum-like fashion). She uses a very subjective grading method, based off of personal rapport with each student. She very clearly lacks empathy and I am overall profoundly dissatisfied with her as an academic and with the graduate department's ability to provide a safe environment for learning and for a required, foundational course (1st quarter graduate student). What comes as a shock to me is the amount of praise she receives from her undergrads on this forum. There is clearly a major discrepancy in her ability to teach consistently across academic levels.

PSY 845


Senior
B
Required (Support)
Nov 2016
Taking this instructor is like being in a Twilight Zone episode. You just can