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United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Melisa D. BOYD, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Nancy A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner Social Security, Defendant-Appellee.

No. 17-35089

Decided: March 29, 2019

Before: FARRIS, O’SCANNLAIN, and TROTT, Circuit Judges. Mark A. Manning, Esquire, Attorney, Harder Wells Baron & Manning, PC, Eugene, OR, James W. Moller, Wilsonville, OR, for Plaintiff - Appellant Martha A. Boden, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, SSA - Social Security Administration, Office of the General Counsel, Seattle, WA, Renata Gowie, DOJ-USAO, Portland, OR, for Defendant - Appellee


Melisa D. Boyd appeals the district court’s affirmance of the Commissioner of Social Security’s denial of her application for disability insurance benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291 and 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). We review de novo. Attmore v. Colvin, 827 F.3d 872, 875 (9th Cir. 2016). We affirm.

The Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) did not err in discounting Boyd’s testimony concerning the extent and limiting effects of Boyd’s symptoms. The ALJ applied the requisite two-step framework and cited specific, clear, and convincing reasons for discounting Boyd’s testimony related to the severity of her symptoms during the relevant period. See Trevizo v. Berryhill, 871 F.3d 664, 678 (9th Cir. 2017). The ALJ cited evidence showing that Boyd’s symptoms improved with treatment, and Boyd’s subjective complaints were not fully supported by the objective medical evidence. See Warre v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec. Admin., 439 F.3d 1001, 1006 (9th Cir. 2006) (“Impairments that can be controlled effectively with medication are not disabling for the purpose of determining eligibility for SSI benefits.”) and Molina v. Astrue, 674 F.3d 1104, 1113 (9th Cir. 2012).

Any error in the ALJ’s remaining reasons for discounting Boyd’s testimony is harmless because the ALJ provided sufficiently specific, clear and convincing reasons supported by substantial evidence. See Bray v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec. Admin., 554 F.3d 1219, 1227 (9th Cir. 2009).


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