Integrated Veteran Services & Consulting grew out of the lived experience of a service-disabled veteran, J. Michael Griffin, EdD. Dr. Griffin received an honorable discharge after 8 years of service in the U.S. military. He transitioned to civilian life as a veteran with neurodiversity, post-traumatic stress, and a hearing disorder; he even experienced periods of homelessness. These experiences spurred him to earn a doctorate degree with expertise in mental health and qualitative research methods. Dr. Griffin also became a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. He has received training and certifications in Peer Support Service, QPR Suicide Prevention, Trauma-Informed Care, and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).
Dr. Griffin continues to serve his country as an educator and entrepreneur. He advocates and designs programs, services, and research for issues related to disadvantaged and marginalized populations. Dr. Griffin's research expertise is in the science of well-being, with methodological expertise in ethnography, auto-ethnography, motivational interviewing, cultural competency, and appreciative inquiry. He has dedicated his professional life since the military to supporting other veterans and their families through a comprehensive holistic health approach.