Deanne Unruh, Ph.D., is an Associate Research Professor in the College of Educationand is the Director of the Secondary Special Education and Transition (SSET) research unit and Co-Director of the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT). NTACT provides technical assistance to all State Departments of Education, State Vocational Rehabilitation offices and local practititioners to use data based decision-making to improve services to youth with disabilities to stay in school, graduate, and continue positive life outcomes of post-secondary education and employment. Her research expertise includes high risk adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system. She has directed grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Institute of Educational Sciences, and the Office of Special Education Programs focused on juvenile justice re-entry interventions. Her recent work is in collaboration with state juvenile justice agency and local community agencies.
Ph.D., 2001, University of Oregon
Major: Educational Policy and Management
M.S., 1991, University of Kansas
Major: Curriculum and Instruction
B.S., 1985, University of Kansas
Major: Middle/Secondary Social Studies Education
Deanne Unruh, Ph.D., has directed or co-directed research and model demonstration grants and state contracts equaling $17 million. Her primary research interests include the facility-to-community transition process for adolescents in the juvenile justice system, development and validation of transition-related measures, and post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities.