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Macomb Community College professor elected chairperson of the Michigan Board of Psychology

– Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:00AM

Macomb Community College psychology professor Sara Van Wormer LLP, of Ferndale, was elected chairperson of the Michigan Board of Psychology during their meeting in June, which was held virtually.

Van Wormer was originally appointed to the board in 2012 by then-Governor Rick Snyder and reappointed in 2016. Van Wormer has been serving as de facto chairperson since the beginning of the year and will serve through 2020.

“It’s really been one of the highlights of my career to serve on the State Board of Psychology. Being elected chairperson of the board is really the cherry on top,” said Van Wormer. “It’s really about making sure the public is protected and that psychology is being practiced in a decent ethical manner.”

In addition to teaching psychology at Macomb, Van Wormer serves as the chief negotiator for the college faculty union AFT local 6526 and as adjunct professor coordinator. Van Wormer also co-founded SAFE@Macomb, a program designed to make the college community safer and more inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and employees. Van Wormer has been with the college since 2007.

Van Wormer is a limited licensed psychologist in the State of Michigan. She earned a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, graduating magna cum laude, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, graduating summa cum laude, from Western Michigan University.

The Michigan State Board of Psychology regulates the ethical practice of psychology in Michigan. The board sets all rules and regulations governing the practice of psychology in Michigan, follows up on any allegation of wrongdoing and develops appropriate sanctions.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities. 

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