Lisa Griffin

Lisa Griffin

Associate Professor

Exercise Science


Office & Hours

Office: BEL 534



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Courses of Instruction
KIN336 Neuromuscular Control
KIN315 Motor Learning
KIN386 Research Methods: Proposal Writing
KIN395: Motor Control: Neuromuscular Basis
KIN395: Neuromuscular Aspects of Fatigue and Training

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
2109 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78712-1415
UT Mail Code: D3700

Full Vita
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Dr. Griffin's expertise is in neuromuscular physiology and spinal cord injury research. Current studies involve investigating muscular control of the lower back and the knee in healthy and clinical populations and nutritional and FES intervention for acute spinal cord injury.


1999 Ph.D. Graduate Program in Neuroscience, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

Representative Publications

Tenan, M,  Peng, Y-L, Hackney A, and *Griffin L. Menstrual Cycle Effects on Motor Unit Recruitment Properties and Voluntary Force Generation in Humans. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (in press).

Doucet, B. M. and Griffin, L. High vs. Low Frequency Stimulation Effects on Fine Motor Control in Chronic Hemiplegia. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 20(4):299–307, 2013.

Doucet B.M., Lam A., and Griffin, L. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for Skeletal Muscle Function. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 85: 201-215, 2012.

Doucet, B. M. and Griffin, L. Variable stimulation patterns in younger and older thenar muscle. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology22(2):215-22, 2012.

Mettler, J. and Griffin, L. Post-activation Potentiation and Muscular Endurance Training Muscle and Nerve 45(3):416-25, 2012.


Recent Awards

  • Fellow, Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Faculty Fellows Fund, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin, 2010-2012
  • Fellow, Lee Hage Jamail Regents Chair in Education, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin, 2006-2010
  • Dean’s Fellowship, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin, 2007
  • Vision Award, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin 2005-2006
  • FAST Tex Award, Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment, University of Texas at Austin, 2005-2006

Current Research Projects and Grants

Texas Department of Transportation, Stretch and Flex Program for TxDOT Operations, 2013-2014

Trigger Point Performance, Effect of Trigger Point Performance self-massage on muscle activation, flexibility, and ground reaction forces

University of Texas Research Grant, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Texas at Austin Stimulation Patterns to Improve Endurance during Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation, 2009-2010

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases NIH 1 R03 AR52883-01 Motor Unit Activity and Force Steadiness Changes with Aging, 2005-2009

Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and Brain & Spine Center, Brackenridge Hospital CNS and Metabolic Changes during FES Cycling and Biofeedback Rehabilitation following Spinal Cord Injury, 2005-2007

Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and Brain & Spine Center, Brackenridge Hospital Fatigue of Quadriceps Muscle Synergy in Spinal Cord Injured Persons during Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling, 2005-2006

Research Interests and Expertise

Spinal Cord Injury

Functional electrical stimulation

Low Back Pain

Central nervous system control of muscle force

Single motor unit recruitment and firing patterns

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Editorial Board, Medicine and Science in Sports and exercise
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • American College of Sports Education