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Darlene Unger

School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
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Dr. Unger is a research professor of special education at Kent State University. Her clinical and instructional experiences reflect education and adult services for youth with autism and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Unger has coordinated federally-funded research and training projects to improve the transition of youth with disabilities to college and careers, supported employment, and the efficacy of business and rehabilitation partnerships. She has also directed the doctoral program in education at DePaul University. Her publications include book chapters and journal articles on the use of mobile technology for teaching and learning, employer experiences with individuals with disabilities, disability-employment discrimination, and supported employment. She is past-president of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division of Career Development and Transition. Dr. Unger earned her doctoral degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Ph. D., Education-Special Education and Disability Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University, M. Ed., Special Education-Mental Retardation, Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S., Business Management, Ithaca College


Curriculum for Students with Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Assistive Technology, Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, Customized and Supported Employment

Research Methods

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods


  • Past President Division of Career Development and Transition

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Healthy Communities Research Initiative