Texas Tech University

Nora Griffin-Shirley, Ph.D.

Professor
Educational Psychology and Leadership

Email: n.griffin-shirley@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-0225

Office: Education 220

Vita

Nora Griffin-Shirley is a professor who coordinates the Orientation and Mobility Specialist Program and is also the Director of the Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities and the Coordinator of TTU Graduate Certification Program in Sensory Impairments & Autism. 

Education

  • PhD, Human Resources Development, Georgia State University -1993
  • Gerontology Certificate, Georgia State University - 1988
  • MEd, Rehabilitation of the Blind (O&M), Boston College - 1979
  • BS, Elementary Education, University of Maine - 1976

Areas of Expertise

  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Gerontology
  • Blindness

Selected Publications

Griffin-Shirley, N. & Bozeman, L. Orientation and mobility for older adults: Collaborating for safety and independence. New York: AFB Press. (In Press.)

Griffin-Shirley, N., Davidson, R., Shaughnessy, M., & Laman, E. (2008). Strength-based planning for students with sensory impairments. Deer Park, NY: Linus Publications, Inc.

Griffin-Shirley, N., & Groff, G. (1993). Prescriptions for independence: Working with older people who are visually impaired. New York: AFB Press.

Griffin-Shirley, N., & Welsh, R.L. (2010). Teaching orientation and mobility to older adults. In W. Wiener, R.L. Welsh, & B. B. Blasch (Eds.). Foundations of orientation and mobility, Third edition. (pp. 286-314). NY: AFB Press.

DePountis, V., Pogrund, R., Griffin-Shirley, N., & Lan, W. Y (2015). Technologies that facilitate the study of advanced mathematics by students who are blind: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 109, 265-278.

Ajuwon, P.M., Sarraj, H. Griffin-Shirley, N., Lechtenberger, D., & Zhou, L. (2015) Pre-service teachers' attitudes towards including students who are blind or have low vision in their classrooms. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness 109, 131-140

Banda, D. R., Okungu. P. A., Griffin-Shirley, N., Meeks, M. K., & Landa-Vialard, O., (2015). Teaching orientation and mobility skills for students with autism and visual impairments in public schools: A data-based study. International Journal of Orientation and Mobility. 7, 34-43.

Grants

2015 - Griffin-Shirley, N. (Co-Principal), & Pogrund, R. (Co-Principal), Reach Across Texas Program, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, ($602,000). 

2015 - Griffin-Shirley, N. (Co-Principal), Pogrund, R. (Co-Principal), & Kackley, L.(Co-Principal): Project SASI: Students with autism and sensory impairments: Addressing the personnel shortages in rural, remote and high-need areas. U.S. Department of Education ($250,000).

2015 - Pogrund, R. (Co-Principal),, Griffin-Shirley, N. (Co-Principal), & Kackley, L. (Co-Principal): Project CAT-SI: Collaboration and Assistive Technology for Students with Sensory Impairment. Students with autism and sensory impairments: Addressing the personnel shortages in rural, remote and high-need areas. U.S. Department of Education ($250,000).