Bachelor, State University of New York, Albany, 1961. Student, Brandeis University, 1968. Student, Cornell University, 1968.
Master of Fine Arts, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1970.
Member of faculty, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1970-1973; costume director, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Cedar City, Utah., 1970-1981; costume designer, Alley Theatre, Houston, 1973-1976; member of faculty department theatre arts, California State University, Long Beach, 1976-1981; costume designer, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, California, 1978-1982; member of faculty dance and theatre arts, U. North Texas, Denton, since 1988; costume designer, Dallas Shakespeare, 1991; costume designer, Theatre L'Homme Dieu, 1997; costume designer, Grand Canyon Shakespeare Festival, 1998. Owner Barbara C. Cox Designs, since 1978.
Board directors Denton Civic Ballet, since 1989, president, 1998—2002, Music Theatre Denton, since 1998. Member American Association of University Professors, American Association of University Women, United States Institute Theatre Technology, Costume Society of America, United Scenic Artists.
Married Richard Joseph Cox, August 28, 1960 (divorced 1970).