Texas Tech University

Nora Griffin-Shirley, Ph.D.

Special Education

Email: n.griffin-shirley@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-0225

Office: Education 220


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. 

Nora Griffin-Shirley


  • 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

Pogrund, R.L. & Griffin-Shirley, N. (2018). Partners in O&M: Supporting Orientation and Mobility for Students Who Are Visually Impaired. New York: AFB Press.

Griffin-Shirley, N. & Bozeman, L. (2016). Orientation and mobility for independent living: Strategies for teaching orientation and mobility to older adults. New York: AFB Press.

Okungu, P., Griffin-Shirley, N., & Pogrund, R. (2019). Accommodation Needs for Teachers Who Are Blind and Teach Students with Visual Impairments. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 113(3), 248-259.

Alsayedhassan, B., Banda, D., Lee, J., Kim, Y., & Griffin-Shirley, N. (2019). A survey of parents' perceptions of the picture exchange communication system for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders, 4(1), 1-9.

Davis, C., Pogrund, R., & Griffin-Shirley, N. Project SASI: A Community Engagement Project to Increase Recruitment and Retention of Professionals Working with Students with Sensory Impairments in Rural and Remote Schools, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. (Accepted).

Griffin-Shirley, N. Bozeman, L., Obiero, N. A, Steinle, K. J., & Page, A. (2019). Preparation of orientation and mobility specialist students who are blind and have low vision: Survey of faculty who teach blindfold and simulation cane courses. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, p. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1177/0145482X19865382

Griffin-Shirley, N., Lee, J., Nguyen, T., Othuon, V., Page, A. (In Press). Survey-based learning of interns in orientation and mobility program. Vision Rehabilitation International.


2020 - Carter, S., Banda, D. & Griffin-Shirley, "Project TEDD: Teaching Educators on Dual Diagnosis," Sponsored by Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, State, $750,000.00.

2019 - Pogrund, R. (Co-Principal), Griffin-Shirley, N. (Co-Principal), "Project INVITE: Interdisciplinary Neurological Visual Impairment Teaching Experts: Training Professionals to Work with Children with Visual Impairments in Rural, Remote, and High-Need Areas," Sponsored by United States Department of Education, Federal, $1,250,000.00. (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2024).

2019 - Carter, S., Banda, D. & Griffin-Shirley, "Project Leadership Challenge: Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders Working with Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities," Sponsored by Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, State, $750,000.00.

2019 - Griffin-Shirley, N. (Co-Principal), & Pogrund, R. (Co-Principal), Reach Across Texas Program, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, ($602,000).