Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: April 30th

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Phone: (805) 756-2033

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For this week's PSY&CD spotlight feature, we are highlighting psychology professor Elizabeth Barrett. Read more about her below!

Elizabeth Barrett, Psychology Professor

What location has sentimental value to you?

All of Cal Poly campus is very sentimental to me because my husband was an Aero major here and I went to UCSB. The first year we dated I would come up to stay with him for long weekends and we would hang out on campus together, I would go to some of his classes and we would eat Gus' sandwiches on Dexter. Whenever I am here on campus it reminds me of falling in love with him over and over - maybe that's one of the reasons I love teaching here so much.

What do you value most in your friends?

I love being able to have unfiltered conversations. There is something incredibly freeing about being able to share your thoughts and feelings with out worrying about being judged. It's even more wonderful when your friends share many of the same thoughts and you can dive down deep together.

What is your favorite indulgence?

 I love music, seeing live music with my favorite bands - as a family we will indulge in good seats at great concert venues. Attending shows is a big bonding experience for all of us - and the memories can be easily accessed by listening to the recordings later. It's amazing how quickly I can access joy by listening to music that brings me back to these family adventures. Two faves - Dead and Co and DMB!

Nominate someone for the weekly spotlight!!!

If you're interested being in the spotlight or nominating another student, faculty member, or staff member in our department, please fill out this google form.


Important Dates

Last day to add/drop Spring courses: April 11

Open House and Poly Gives: April 11-15

Fall class schedule viewable: May 6

Fall course registration: May 20-June 28

Summer class schedule viewable: April 15

Summer course registration: April 24-30

Senior Project Symposium: May 30

Senior Celebration: May 31

Commencement: June 15-16

PSYCD Graduation Stoles and Psi Chi Graduation Cords

Are you a senior graduating this year? PSYCD graduation stoles are available in the department office (47-24) for $20. If you are a Psi Chi member, please fill out this interest form to receive a graduation cord! Link:

Graduation Celebration Tickets 

Graduation Celebration Slideshow 

Please email any pictures you would like in the graduation celebration slideshow to

Psi Chi Office Hours 

Happy Spring Quarter Psi Chi! We are so excited to welcome you back with our new OFFICE HOURS every Tuesday from 11am-12pm in room C102 of the Construction Innovations building! You can use this space to study, take a break, or ask us any questions you may have about Psi Chi. Come stop by and visit us to learn more about us, get to know our board, and just hang out :) We’ve missed you!

Psi Chi Board Applications are Open

Get involved! PSI CHI Board Applications are OPEN for the 2024-25 school year! We have many positions to choose from including Secretary, Treasurer, Social Media, DEI Lead and Community Outreach or Event Coordinator. No experience required, anyone is welcome to apply. It’s a great opportunity to build your resume with leadership experience. We would LOVE to have YOU on our team! Please message with any questions. Link to the form:

Cal Poly Senior Project: CASA 5k

CASA of San Luis Obispo County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the court system. CASA recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who advocate for this vulnerable population with the goal of ensuring that each and every child grows up in a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. In celebration of May being national foster care month, come join us at the Cal Poly University Union plaza on Saturday, May 4th at 10:30am for a morning of running, walking, and fun! Whether you are a seasoned runner or just looking for a good time, this event is perfect for everyone. So lace up your sneakers and get ready to add a splash of color to your weekend. This event is the culmination of a psychology senior project in which 100% of the proceeds will be donated to CASA. Racers will be given a free race T-shirt, a Jamba Juice smoothie card, and will be able to enjoy a post-race celebration! Here is the link to sign up and can't wait to see all of you there!




If you are missing a permission number for internship or senior project, you can email Beatriz Peralta in the main office or the faculty member who is supervising that course.


We will be adding a section of PSY323 soon (it will be in-person in the 10 week session). Please check all the courses being offered - most of them are asynchronous.

*Just added a section of PSY352 in summer session 2 (this is a social-personality elective and upper division area D)

*We will raise caps on the two 344 sections so many people will be getting in off the waitlist soon.



If you are now a senior based on completed coursework, make sure that your intended graduation date is updated with the Cal Poly “changing your graduation term” form on the registrar website.


Internships in Fall 2024 are only available to students with senior standing or expected graduation dates of Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Winter 2025, and Spring 2025. If you are junior or senior standing and plan to do your internship in Fall, you should be on the department's Field Internship Orientation canvas page (if not, please email to be added).

Email Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski (jkaczoro@calpoly) with any general questions about internship. 


  • All students eligible for fieldwork internship and graduating in Summer 2024 or during the 2024-2025 academic year have been invited to join the internship canvas. If you did not receive an invitation to the canvas page and meet the requirements for internship (i.e., you will be a senior, taken required coursework, and are graduating next academic year), please contact Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski (
  • If you will be enrolling in PSY/CD 453 in Fall 2024, OR you are planning to complete PSY/CD 454 at a different site in fall, complete the Internship Placement Interest Form Survey by Friday May 3rd on canvas. This gives a sense of how many people will be enrolling in internship in Fall and what sites people are interested in.
  • If you are planning to stay at your same site in Fall 2024 for PSY/CD 454, submit the Continuing at Same Site Survey by Friday May 10th on canvas.
  • Faculty will begin providing contact information for internship sites on Monday of Week 6. Please do not email faculty requesting that information before then as we are gathering information still.
  • Feel free to email Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski ( with internship related questions



There are additional options beyond the 'research track' (applications due at beginning of Junior year). When faculty members are looking for research interns, we will post that info in the Tuesday Newsday. Another way to seek out research experience is to talk to your professors in office hours about your interest in research and whether they know of any projects or will keep you in mind for future projects. A few of our students have secured research internships with faculty in other departments at Cal Poly and in some cases it is possible to substitute internship units for the PSYCD internship requirements. See below for info on the SURP summer opportunity.


Tentative Course Offerings (TCO) for 2024-25


Please always check our TCO because it is where we first publish our updates:

FYI: ***The listings for Summer and Fall 2024 are UPDATED*** 


5/1 Talk with PSY Professor Elizabeth Barrett

5/3 talk by Dr. Joanne Rondilla

Recognizing & Responding to Hate Crimes in CA Talk

Mustang Media Group is hiring!

Applications are currently open and close on May 8th! To learn more and apply, visit our website!

Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

The annual San Luis Obispo Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is back! This gathering will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s education, research, and survivor support programs. In addition to raising awareness and funds to fight suicide, the walks give those who attend a chance to connect with others and know they are not alone, whether they walk in memory or in support of a loved one or in honor of their own mental health journey. Event details: The San Luis Obispo Out of the Darkness Walk Cal Poly, SLO University Union (UU) Plaza Mustang Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 May 11, 2024, 11am (check-in begins at 10am) Register yourself, or as a team, at Sign up to volunteer at (shifts available from 8:30am-1pm) If you would like to be more involved or have a personal connection with this event topic and would like to speak at the event, email Alexis Becerra at

Upcoming Safer Events 

Tuesday, April 30th: Healing-Centered Yoga 
Escape the chaos and let breath be your guide to finding resilience in our healing-centered yoga session! Join us as we not only stretch our bodies but extend our resistance. 
Location: Rec Center
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
RSVP here: 


Safer is Hiring!


Campus Health Resources 

-Health services  [ and]

-Mental health services [ and]

-Food pantry (

Kennedy Library Resources


On Campus Study Locations

Click here for a list of study locations on campus. This list includes real-time occupancy information for some of the temporary spaces.


Health Professionals Track/Future Faculty Programs Cal State

Health Professional Track of California Pre-Doctoral Program

Therapist-Led Shop Talks

Hand In Hand Preschool and Infant Center

CAL Fresh: You may be eligible!

We are an on-campus organization known as CalFresh Outreach. We aim to raise awareness of student eligibility for CalFresh benefits, which can provide students with up to $291/month for groceries if they qualify. 

Because of expanded eligibility through “Local Programs that Increase Employability (LPIEs),” an estimated ~15,000 students at Cal Poly are now eligible, even based only on their major. Approved programs include:

  • most undergraduate majors in CLA
  • every undergraduate major in CENG
  • every undergraduate major in CAFES
  • every undergraduate major in COSAM
  • every undergraduate major in CAED
  • most undergraduate majors in OCOB
  • many grad programs

Enrollment in one of these majors alone could make a student likely eligible for CalFresh benefits (they must also meet basic eligibility criteria). This short survey is a great resource to explore eligibility & share with students:

Childcare Jobs

Looking for paid experiences working with children? Be sure to join the Poly Child Development Club Jobs Facebook group

The PSY&CD deparment does not advertise family care opportunities in the Tuesday Newsday; see the "Poly Child Development Club Jobs Page" at You will have to request to be added to the group and then, once approved, you will be able to post.



How can I learn more about senior project?

We have updated information about Senior Projects on the department website.

  • PSY/CD 461 is a seminar-style class where you attend class and work with a team to identify an area of interest and conduct a literature review on that topic. Registration for this is through the usual process.
  • PSY/CD 462 is a supervision-mode class where your team gets matched with a faculty advisor who guides you in developing and conducting a project related to your literature review from PSY/CD 461. The final deliverable includes a written paper that usually consists of sections typical to APA articles (Abstract, Literature Review, Method, Results, Discussion, References).Registration for this is by permission number given out during PSY/CD 461.

Planning your schedule for the year?

We have updated the Tentative Course Offerings link to reflect the courses we are offering this academic year. REMEMBER, however, things can change so check back often.



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What Kind of Advising is Available?

I have a question related to GE requirements...

The advisors in The College of Liberal Arts Advising Center can answer your questions about General Education (GE) requirements, registration, academic planning, support services, major changes, and academic policies and procedures.Additional useful academic resources can be found on Cal Poly's Enrolled Students web page, including links to the Cal Poly catalog, registration information, academic records and evaluations, finals schedules, etc. Website:

In-Person & Zoom Appointments: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Closed for lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 pm)

Zoom Drop-in Advising: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm – 4:00pm

I have a question related to major and/or minor requirements in Psychology, Child Development, or Gerontology...

The Psychology and Child Development Department has several faculty members who serve as academic advisors for our majors and minors. Students are invited to attend office hours or make appointments with any of these advisors. For advisor contact information and office hours, click here.

For 2022-23, the Academic Advisors are:

Advisor Advising Area

Dr. Carrie Langner

Department Chair


Psychology Major 

Child Development Major

Child Development Minor

Gerontology Minor


Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski

(Associate Chair)

Child Development Major 


I have a question about graduate school and/or careers...

All active faculty in the Psychology and Child Development Department hold weekly office hours to support students in talking about educational and career plans. For advisor contact information and office hours, click here.

PSY/CD Advising Structure

The main roles of each of our advisors is outlined below, however our motto is: When in Doubt, Seek Someone Out!  You are welcome to contact any faculty member for support and they will direct you to the most appropriate person depending on your needs.  Click here PSY/CD Advising to read about the new PSY/CD process for helping you!

How Can I Sign Up for an Appointment?

Office hours are posted on the PSY/CD Website (or use QR code below). Unless indicated, office hours are opportunities to drop-in with advising questions, career/graduate school questions, or just to introduce yourself and chat.



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