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Valerie Mazzotti

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Office Location: 
210 Clinical Services Building
Reseach Associate Professor
Ph. D. in Special Education
M. Ed in Special Education

Valerie L. Mazzotti, PhD is an Research Associate Professor in the Secondary Special Education and Transition (SSET) Unit where she works as a researcher aand technical assistance provider for the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT). Her duties include knowledge development to identify secondary transition evidence-based practices and predictors of post-school success. She also provides technical assistance to states on Indicator 13 and 14, product development and dissemination, training and information services related to data collection, analysis, and use of post-school outcome data. Additionally, Valerie is instructional faculty in the Special Education Program. Her instructor responsibilities include teaching graduate courses in early literacy for diverse learners, intermediate literacty for diverse learners, secondary transition, and research methods.

Prior to coming to the UO, Valerie worked as an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Western Carolina University in North Carolina (2010-2013) where she taught both face-to-face and on-line courses in research methods, secondary transition, and advanced methods for working with students with high incidence disabilities. While completing her PhD at UNC-Charlotte, Valerie worked for the National Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) during which time she provided technical assistance to states around I-13 and secondary transition evidence-based practices. As a research assistant for NSTTAC, Valerie was directly involved in research related to identifying secondary transition evidence-based practices and predictors of post-school success for youth with disabilities. Valerie was a special education elementary Inclusion Specialist in North Carolina prior to completing her PhD. 

Valerie's research interests include self-determination, secondary transition evidence-based practices and predictors of post-school success, and interagency collaboration for students at-risk for, or with, high incidence disabilities. Specifically, she is interested in effective instructional strategies for embedding self-determination skill development in the general curriculum to support students at-risk for, or with, high incidence disabilities and scaling-up of secondary transition evidence-based practices.

She is Co-PI of Project HI-TEKS: Highly-qualified Interventionists with Transition Evidence-based Knowledge and Skills, which is an Office of Special Education Program Personnel Preparation Grant to train master's students in secondary transition evidence-based practices to work with students with intensive support needs. Valerie also serves as Associate Editor for the Transition in Practice section of the peer-reviewed journal, Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals (



Currently, Dr. Mazzotti has co-authored over 27 peer-reviewed publications, one book, and 10 book chapters. The peer-reviewed publications have been published in a variety of journals, including the The Journal of Special Education, Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, Teacher Education and Special Education, Review of Educational Research, and Remedial and Special Education (See CV for full list of publications).


Dr. Mazzotti's areas of research interest include:

  • Self-determination skill development for students at-risk for, or with, disabilities
  • Evidence-based practices in secondary transition
  • Evidenced-based in-school predictors of post-school success
  • Interagency collaboration in secondary transition
  • Transition services and supports for youth and young adults with disabilities