Meet the Critical Thinking For Success Team!

Robert Kauffman

Robert Kauffman, CEO of Critical Thinking for SuccessCritical Thinking for Success is the brainchild of Robert “Bob” Kauffman, who develops and administers our cognitive training programs and neurofeedback services.

Bob is a Senior Partner at The American Institute of Learning & Cognitive Development. For more than 35 years, he has been leading the way as an innovator in applying mental health services to business and education and pursuing new ways to help individuals achieve their life goals.

He received his bachelor’s degree with honors at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and his graduate degree from the University of Illinois. Bob then went on to serve as Director of Social Services for a large Chicago hospital, Chief Therapist at Lutheran General’s alcoholic treatment center, and Director of Employee Counseling for a family-owned global pharmaceutical company with more than 21,000 employees.

He left to start one of the first employee assistance programs as the president of Human Effectiveness, Inc., a company providing employee assistance services to companies and organizations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. On top of that, he’s provided executive coaching and consulting services to businesses throughout the United States for more than two decades.

Bob has also remained dedicated to helping prepare the next generation to enter the mental health arena. To that end, he has been an adjunct faculty member for the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, Loyola University, DePaul University, George Williams University, Columbia College, the University of Wisconsin, and St. Xavier University.

One of Bob’s specialties is cognitive performance training, the primary service provided by Critical Thinking For Success. He first learned this innovative approach to developing mental effectiveness from fellow researchers in Australia, and is one of the few practitioners in the United States. He immediately recognized how necessary this kind of training was, having seen how traditional therapy often fails to help individuals with PTSD and head injuries grow at the rate they should.

Bob’s approach to cognitive training has broad appeal because it helps virtually anyone significantly improve their performance in business, academics, sports, and relationships. Many of his clients say he works miracles, as they report not only reaching goals they didn’t even think were possible, but also enjoying themselves more than they ever have in the past.

Today, Bob still strives to help you believe in yourself and learn how to use the most effective tool you have… your fantastic brain.

Beth Hrycaj

Assisting Bob is Beth Hrycaj. Beth has occupied many different roles, starting as a 3D animator, then serving as an in-house Creative Director at four different companies over the course of 15 years, and finally finding her home here at Critical Thinking For Success.

Beth first met Bob when she made use of his services for her son to help him do better in school. She’d been looking for help in many different places, but Critical Thinking for Success caught her attention because she finally heard everything she’d been waiting and hoping to hear. During the next two months of cognitive training and neurofeedback, she as a parent was required to work with her son on his cognitive exercises and come up with ways to work his skill-building into real life. That involvement and the success she and her son experienced inspired her to pursue a cognitive certification. She earned her certification in March 2015, and joined Critical Thinking For Success the following year.

We’ve been working together to turn victims into victors ever since.