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Margaret-Sartori-PhD-psychology-facultyMargaret Sartori, PhD
Associated Faculty

Office phone: 248.476.1122, ext. 116
E-mail: msartori@mispp.edu

Dr. Margaret Sartori is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology since 2002. A fully licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Sartori instructs and supervises graduate students in the area of psychodiagnostics and assessment and maintains an adult psychotherapy private practice. In addition to conducting psychological evaluations for students in grades K-12 to determine learning disability/emotional impairment status, she is a consultant for the Archdiocese of Detroit as well as several national religious orders. Dr. Sartori conducts specialized psychological assessments for seminarians, priests, and applicants for the Permanent Diaconate.


  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit Mercy
  • MS in Clinical Psychology, Eastern Michigan University
  • BA Mercy College of Detroit


  • Licensed Psychologist – Michigan

Areas of Expertise

  • Cognitive, personality, projective and neuropsychological assessment
  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Learning Disabilities and Determination of Special Education Labels
  • Trauma and complicated bereavement
  • Dementia and memory loss
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Select Presentations

Sartori, M. (2012). Faith formation and child development. Bi-annual presentation at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Detroit, MI.

Sartori, M. (September 2009). Emotional impairment vs. social maladjustment in children: Differential diagnosis. Presentation at the Detroit Institute for Children.

Sartori, M. (September 2008). Response to intervention vs. ability achievement model in identifying learning disabilities. Presentation at Wayne RESA.

Sartori, M. (November 2008). Emotional impairment vs. social maladjustment in children: Differential diagnosis. Presentation at the Detroit Institute for Children.

Sartori, M. (May 2007). Psychological assessment of religious candidates: Identifying pathology and sexual deviancy. Presentation at the conference for National Diocesan Vocation Directors (NDVD).

Sartori, M. (2003). EMDR: Healing at warped speed. Presentation for Special Topics at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, Farmington Hills, MI.

Professional Memberships

  • Michigan Psychological Association (MPA)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)


  • What is your belief regarding the components of successful psychotherapy?

It is the relationship, the relationship, and the relationship. Competence is certainly key, but the willingness to journey with another human being requires openness , humility, and flexibility. For example, I may never have explored the whole realm of adaptive reprocessing known as EMDR had a client not implored me to look into it.

  • Describe your model of teaching.

I teach the theory and foundations of psychological assessment, but the experiential, hands-on model of instruction seems to be most effective; a “see one, do one, administer one” approach. There’s no faster way to develop empathy for our testing subjects than to sweat through an entire cognitive battery! In vivo demonstrations and presentation of testing cases bring this wonderful area of psychology to life. My goal is to instill a sense of mastery and competence in my students so that they see assessment as a viable and potentially lucrative field in which to specialize.

  • For what areas would students be likely to seek you out for consultation?

Students who want to learn more about specialized types of assessment, such as evaluating religious applicants, projective assessment as a means of improving incremental validity, and the application of psychodiagnostics to specialized populations are very welcome to consult with me regarding further research.