By Erwin St. Rose

A lot of people have jobs that affect lives everyday. Firefighters, Cops, teachers, etc. But an unsung hero are psychologists they give out tests to determine where someone’s ability lies.

Robert Griffith is a local clinical psychologist who specializes in giving IQ tests to both children and adults.

“IQ tests are about thinking and reasoning, how people cope using their brain, how quickly they can figure out a problem,” said Griffith.


In any given week, he’ll give three IQ tests. He gives tests to adults and to children from 6 to 16. People take the tests to assess whether they have a cognitive or intellectual disability, or to simply learn more about themselves. Something such as a reading disability is different from an IQ. Scores range from the first to the fifth percentile.

The average IQ is 90-110. People with above-average IQs learn things more quickly, said Griffith. He began giving IQ tests in the 1980s after studying psychology at Michigan State University, and continuing his education at Western Michigan University and then earning his doctorate in Chicago as a psychologist.

Susan Benston, the office manager in Griffith’s office, has known him for 20 years.  “It’s exciting to bring the practice into the 21st century.” Benston said, noting that Griffith is utilizing current technology to computerize the IQ tests.

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