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Deanne Unruh, Ph.D., is an Associate Research Professor in the College of Education and 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.