Johnson v. Colvin, No. 14-3041 (8th Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Johnson has severe impairments, including chronic asthma, morbid obesity, borderline intellectual functioning, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She has never worked, has a ninth grade education, and does not have a drivers’ license. At the request of the Social Security Administration, a Ph.D conducted cognitive tests and reported Johnson was not “functioning within or near the mentally retarded range” and could “sustain concentration and persistence in completing tasks,” and Johnson’s “[m]ental impairments d[id] not significantly interfere with her day to day adaptive functioning.” To determine Johnson’s eligibility for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, another Ph.D., conducted a psychological evaluation o and concluded Johnson had a full scale IQ of 67, found that “a Mild Mental Retardation diagnosis [wa]s warranted,” and suggested Johnson “be encouraged to find employment … that is mechanical in nature, as she showed strength on tasks that require ability to analyze and synthesize abstract stimuli.”, Johnson occasionally attended counseling. Johnson’s counselors estimated she was of “low average” intelligence and education. Johnson was denied supplemental security income benefits, 42 U.S.C. 1381; an ALJ denied benefits, finding that Johnson had “residual functional - capacity to perform light work” with some restrictions. The district court and Eighth Circuit affirmed the denial as supported by substantial evidence.