Dr. Griffin is an assistant professor and the director of the C&IS Human Communication Research Laboratory. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (Deafness Studies & Communication Studies respectively), and achieved his doctorate in Communication from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. During this time, he worked as a research assistant at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, VA. He later served as an assistant at the Buffalo Field Office on the white-collar crime squad. Dr. Griffin’s research focuses on interpersonal communication contexts - specifically deception. He is a co-author of a textbook on lying and deception and teaches an undergraduate and doctoral course on deception. Recently, he has led an effort to increase accessibility for the Deaf community at The University of Alabama and surrounding communities that includes conducted trainings on law enforcement interactions with the Deaf. Dr. Griffin is currently working with a team of researchers on a NOAA research grant (~$250,000 award) titled, Improving the accessibility and comprehension of tornado warnings in the Southeast for the Deaf, Blind, and Deaf-Blind. He is also a co-PI on an ongoing grant project funded by National Science Foundation, Cyber Physical Systems, entitled, CPS: Small: Collaborative Research: RF Sensing for Sign Language Driven Smart Environments that partners UA, Mississippi State University, Gallaudet University, and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. Dr. Griffin is a recipient of the 2018 UA President's Faculty Research Award. He enjoys spending his free time with his spouse, Danielle, their two dogs or riding motorcycles.