United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
MICHELLE L. PETERSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
seeks review of the denial of his application for
Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance
Benefits. Plaintiff contends the administrative law judge
(“ALJ”) erred by rejecting the medical opinion of
Alysa A. Ruddell, Ph.D. (Dkt. # 10 at 1.) As discussed below,
the Court AFFIRMS the Commissioner’s final decision and
DISMISSES the case with prejudice.
was born in 1977, has the equivalent of a high school
education, and has worked as a construction laborer, a line
cook, and a fire wash/welder helper at a shipyard for Labor
Ready. AR at 37-38, 40, 50. Plaintiff was last gainfully
employed in 2016. Id. at 45.
24, 2016, Plaintiff applied for benefits, alleging disability
as of November 1, 2015. Id . at 15, 40.
Plaintiff’s date last insured is June 30, 2016.
Id. at 35. Plaintiff’s applications were
denied initially and on reconsideration, and Plaintiff
requested a hearing. Id. at 15. After the ALJ
conducted a hearing on January 25, 2018, the ALJ issued a May
14, 2018 decision finding Plaintiff not disabled.
Id. at 12-29.
Utilizing the five-step disability evaluation process,
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since November 1, 2015, the alleged onset date.
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe impairments:
depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, cannabis use disorder,
and methamphetamine dependence in reported remission.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or equal the
requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can perform a full
range of work at all exertional levels, except that Plaintiff
can only perform simple, repetitive tasks, engage in
superficial interactions with others, and perform work with
few simple, routine changes and simple decisions.
Step four: Plaintiff cannot perform past relevant work.
Step five: As there are jobs that exist in significant
numbers in the national economy that Plaintiff can perform,