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Tiffany M. Griffin, PhD

Tiffany M. Griffin, PhD is a social psychologist with expertise in inter and intra-group dynamics, linkages between psychological processes and structural discrimination, as well as the implications of identity and discrimination for educational, mental health, and physical health disparities. Dr. Griffin has a wide range of public policy experience including legislative experience in the US Senate, international development experience at USAID, and advocacy experience with the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Griffin received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2009, where she was a NSF Predoctoral Fellow and recipient of the 2008 Innovations in Social Research Dissertation Fellowship. Tiffany’s work has addressed the connections between social psychological processes, social disparities, and public policies in the US, Brazil, sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Dr. Griffin also possesses expertise in the areas of experimental research, survey design and research, data analysis and statistics, monitoring and evaluation, writing for publication, grant writing, and editing. Tiffany recently completed an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellowship in US Senator Bingaman’s (NM) office, where her portfolio included health (i.e., Medicaid, patent law, US-Mexico border health, FDA), food/nutrition (i.e., domestic food security, school-based nutrition, SNAP [food stamps]), and vulnerable populations (i.e., TANF [welfare]). Prior to her Congressional Fellowship, Dr. Griffin completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill, worked for the National Poverty Center, and engaged in consulting and service activities focused on ameliorating educational and mental health inequalities. In her “free” time, Tiffany enjoys running her vegetarian and vegan consultancy, Como Water, listening to Afro-Portuguese music, and watching documentaries.


On May 17, 2019, ICAAD Advisor Erin Thomas’ publication: Compacts of Free Association in FSM, RMI, and Palau: Implications for the 2023-2024 Renewal Negotiations (hrbrief.org/2019/03/compacts-of-free-association-in-fsm-rmi-and-palau-implications-for-the-2023-2...) was cited by the President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr., in an op-ed published in The Hill (thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/444291-pacific-defense-pact-renewal-vital-to-the-u...). In her piece, Erin points to critical issues stakeholders have raised regarding human trafficking, adoption policies, and COFA migrant rights among other important human rights issues.

Some of the above-mentioned policy gaps span several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly 10 (reduced inequalities) and 17 (partnership for the goals). Holistically, the existing COFA agreements represent the type of inequity that SDG 10 seeks to address. SDG 17 promotes inclusive and participatory decision-making at the international, national, and local levels. Developing transparency on both sides will allow for a more equitable process and outcome for the renewal negotiations.

The issues within the existing agreements also involve SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions) and limited access to justice regarding redress for nuclear testing and environmental destruction. This impacts targets and indicators including SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being). Finally, SDG 10 and 8’s targets for responsible migration policies are important considering the limited provisions for COFA migrants in the U.S. and U.S. territories.
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