Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Sara Bartlett and Students Receive Awards

Dr. Sara Bartlett

Service Learning - Faculty

Dr. Sara Barlett, PhD is a lecturer in the Psychology & Child Development and Social Sciences Departments at Cal Poly who has been awarded the Service Learning – Faculty community service award. She received her Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Human Development with an emphasis in Gerontology from U.C. Davis, her Masters of Social Work with an older adult concentration from U.C. Berkeley, and her Doctorate of Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bartlett is passionate about service with older adult populations, especially in the context of intergenerational relationships and interaction patterns between generations. As such, she has developed a Lives Well Lived service program as part of her Psychology of Aging classes. Students are matched with an older adult and conduct a series of interviews throughout the quarter to write a memoir project on that senior’s life. Even when faced with challenges due to COVID-19, Dr. Bartlett’s quick pivot to a virtual version of this program helped decrease loneliness during a time of increased isolation and ensured that her students were still able to experience the benefits of service-learning. 

Dr. Bartlett was also selected as the recipient of the CLA 2021 Outstanding Career Achievement in Teaching by a Lecturer Award. This award recognizes a CLA lecturer who has sustained outstanding teaching over the course of their academic career at Cal Poly. The selection was made by the College of Liberal Arts College Council, who found that Dr. Bartlett is an outstanding contributor in her role as Lecturer in the Psychology & Child Development and Social Sciences Departments.  

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