Robert Griffith, MA, PsyD, ABAP
While in high school, Dr. Griffith attended a lecture by J. B. Rhine, a famous researcher who applied statistics to evaluate human behavior. During that period of time, he began taking college correspondence courses in criminology and law enforcement through Brigham Young University. Dr. Griffith changed his focus from criminalistics and criminal justice in 1980, when he began volunteering at a phone in crisis center. Shortly after this, he began working in the mental health field.
After moving to Michigan in the late 1970s, Dr. Griffith received his undergraduate degree from Justin Morrill College at Michigan State University and later his Master's Degree in counseling from Western Michigan University. He then studied psychoanalysis in the 1980s and had planned to train as an analyst, but this was deterred by a respected supervisor, when his supervisor recommended that he obtain his doctorate.
Dr. Griffith obtained his doctorate through the Chicago Campus of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Griffith has obtained training in mental health law through the New York Law School and participates in many continuing education credits annually.
As a master's level clinician, he worked in residential, jail and hospital settings in addition to working as an outpatient counselor.
Dr. Griffith is a licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan. He is a member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He also is board certified in assessment psychology by the American Board of Assessment Psychology.
Dr. Griffith maintains a private practice in the areas of assessment and consultation as well as supervision of early career professionals.
Dr. Griffith has taught at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Kellogg Community College. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member in the Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Department at Western Michigan University. He teaches courses in personality assessment, intellectual assessment, brain behavior relationships and forensic psychology. The latter two are based on case studies and are co-taught with his wife, Susan Benston, a clinical and macro social worker and geographer.
Brian Littleton, MS, PhD, LLP
Brian Littleton's interest in psychology began when he was young teenager after accompanying his father to work at a state psychiatric hospital. However, he was not convinced that it was the path for him. While attending Wayne State University he majored in information systems only to realize that his heart was in psychology.
Brian received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and later his Master's Degree in clinical health psychology from the University of Michigan, Dearborn. He later attended Western Michigan University's counseling psychology program. He graduated with his doctoral degree in counseling psychology in the winter of 2016.
Shortly after graduating with his bachelor's degree, he began work as a program facilitator in the metro-Detroit area facilitating parenting groups. He provided parenting groups in a variety of settings including county jails, residential substance abuse treatment facilities, homeless shelters and schools. As a master's level clinician, he continues his work in the community by conducting crisis evaluations and writing psychosocial disability reports for the SOAR program at Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Substance Abuse Services. In addition, does assessments at the office of Robert Griffith, PsyD, ABAP. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Battle Creek VA Medical center working with primarily with SMI population and substance. While there he was trained in evidence-based treatments for substance abuse and PTSD.
Brian is currently a full-time faculty member in the psychology department at Mott Community College. Prior to his faculty appointment at Mott Community College, he taught a variety of psychology courses at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Davenport University. He also served as a graduate teaching assistant for psychological courses at his doctoral and master's programs.
Susan Benston, MA, LMSW
Susan studied Sociology at Wheaton College in Illinois, and completed a yearlong internship at Warrenville Youth and Family Services. It was there that she learned the impact that caring professionals can have in the lives of others. Her work there involved supportive counseling with youth and senior citizens, self-esteem building group coordination for students in the local public elementary schools and volunteer coordination.
Susan then moved to Indiana, where she worked at the ARC of Fort Wayne, now Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana, developing expertise in working with people with intellectual disabilities. She also worked at Park Center, adding experience in mental health work to her resume.
After moving to Michigan in the late 1990s, Susan received her Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University. Her internships were at the rehabilitation unit of Lakeland Community Hospital Watervliet and in the administrative unit of Burnham Brook Community Center in Battle Creek.
Since obtaining her MSW, she has worked in settings focused on the needs of senior citizens, youth, and people in recovery from acute medical conditions, severe and chronic mental illness and substance abuse. Susan also taught Problem Solving in Gerontology in the Social Work Department at Western Michigan University.
Susan is a clinical and macro licensed social worker in the state of Michigan. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Susan has assisted with office management for Robert Griffith, PsyD, ABAP, since 1997 and also provides biopsychosocial assessments. She provides supervision to early career social workers, having completed the NASW Michigan Core Supervision training in 2016.
As noted above, Susan also has a master's degree in geography, with a focus on geographic information systems, from Western Michigan University. She worked as a research assistant doing computer mapping as part of a team predicting risk for Michigan potato agriculture, and was co-author on some of the published results. She also worked as a teaching assistant in basic statistical methods for social science research and has provided consultative services for graduate students applying statistics to their own research projects.
Allison Barta, MA, TLLP
Allison Barta is a Kalamazoo, Michigan native. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in the area of Film and Media Communication in 2013. Knowing the value of counseling for managing life's stressors, Allison considered pursuing a career in counseling and psychology. A simple word of encouragement at the right time during her senior year at WMU convinced her to take action.
From that point, Allison began pursuing her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Her field internship provided her experiences with family, individual and couples therapy. She received her graduate degree in the summer of 2016.
Prior to working with Dr. Griffith, Allison has been in the social services field for two years as a community resource advisor at Gryphon Place. She has also volunteered there at the crisis call center. Allison currently assists on psychological assessments and heads community outreach for the office.