Lisa Griffin

Lisa Griffin

Associate Professor

Exercise Science


Office & Hours

Office: BEL 534

Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 - 11:30 AM



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Courses of Instruction
KIN324 Applied Human Anatomy
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 functional electrical stimulation intervention for acute spinal cord injury.




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


Representative Publications


Tenan, M. S., Hackney A, and Griffin L. Entrainment of Motor Activity in the Vastus Medialis Complex is Different between the Sexes. Muscle and Nerve (in press 2015, doi: 10.1002/mus.24897. [Epub ahead of print]). (PDF)

Mettler and Griffin L. Muscular Endurance Training and Motor Unit Firing Patterns during Fatigue Experimental Brain Research 234: 267-76, 2016. (PDF)

Tenan, M. S., Peng, Y-L, Hackney A, and Griffin L. Menstrual Cycle mediates Vastus Medialis and Vastus Medialis Oblique Muscle Activity. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 45:2151-2157, 2013. (PDF)

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

Griffin, L., Decker, M. J., Hwang, J. Y., Wang, B., Kitchen, K., Ding, Z. and Ivy, J. L. Functional electrical stimulation cycling improves body composition, metabolic and neural factors in persons with spinal cord injury. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 19: 614-622, 2009. (PDF)


Recent Awards

2013, Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, Elsevier
2010-2012, Fellow, Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Faculty Fellows Fund, College of Education University of Texas at Austin
2006-2010, Fellow, Lee Hage Jamail Regents Chair in Education College of Education University of Texas at Austin

Current Research Projects and Grants

2014-2016, Dynamic Quadriceps Muscle Stimulation for Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain, Funded by Articulate Labs
Differential Activation of the Vastus Medialis and the Vastus Medialis Oblique in Individuals with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

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