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College of Education

Joseph B. Ryan

Sue Stanzione Distinguished Professorship for ClemsonLIFE

Office: 227 Holtzendorff Hall
Vita: Click Here

Educational Background

Ph.D. Special Education
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

M.B.A. Finance
University of West Florida

M.S.S. Strategic Studies
U.S. Army War College

B.S.B.A. Business Admin
University of Arizona


Dr. Joe Ryan is the Sue Stanzione Distinguished Professor of special education. He is the founder and Executive Director of Clemson LIFE (Learning is for Everyone), a nationally recognized post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. He has taught students with emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD) from grades K through 12 across a variety of educational settings, including resource and self-contained classrooms, special day schools, and a residential treatment center. Dr. Ryan has over 100 publications, and currently serves as the Editor of the journal Beyond Behavior. His research interests focus on behavioral interventions and enhancing post-school outcomes for individuals with disabilities. He has been interviewed by Anderson Cooper, CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other leading periodicals, and given three U.S. Congressional Briefings on behavioral crisis interventions for schools. Dr. Ryan is also the founder and Director of several adaptive sports programs (baseball, soccer), Clemson Letterbox Club an educational program for children in foster care, and volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. He is a retired Captain in the United States Navy Reserve.

Courses Taught

EDSP 370 Intro to SPED
EDSP 374 Intro to Behavioral Disorders
ED 397 Creative Inquiry Therapeutic Recreation
EDSP 493 Classroom & Behavior Management
EDSP 474/674 Characteristics of Students with Emotional / Behavior Disorders
EDSP 669 Procedures for Students with E/BD
EDSP 678 Practicum for Students with E/BD
EDSP 854 Applied Behavior Analysis
ED 902 Single Case Research Designs
EDSP 939 Professional Writing

Research Interests

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (* Indicates a co-author was a student at time of preparation)

1. *Rogers, D. J., *Bunderick, K., Ryan, J. B. & *Afram, L.,(in press). There's a time and place for timeout. Beyond Behavior,

2. Ryan, J. B. & Gage, N. (2022). The Disproportionate Use of Seclusion and Restraint with Minorities and Students with Disabilities. In Gage, N. A., Rapa, L. J., Whitford, D. K., & Katsiyannis, A. (Eds.), Disproportionality and Social Justice in Education. (pp.139-158). Springer.

3. *Randall, K. N., Ryan, J. B., Hirsch, S., Allen, A. (2022). Effects of Self-Monitoring on the Self-Determination of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability in a Post-Secondary Educational Setting. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

4. *Stierle, J., Ryan, J. B., Katsiyannis, A., & Mims, P. (2022). Using video prompting and modeling on mobile technology to teach daily living skills: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders,

5. *Carlson, A., Katsiyannis, A., & Ryan, J.B., (2021). Seclusion and restraint of students with disabilities: A recent circuit court case law overview. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. 5(3), 290-297.

6. *Walters, S., *Stierle, J., *Stockwell, D., *Carlson, A., & Ryan, J.B., (2021). Efficacy of video prompting using mobile technology to teach employment tasks to individuals with intellectual disability. Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education. 3(1), 1-21.

7. *Randall, K. N., Ryan, J. B., *Stierle, J. N. *Walters (2021). Meal planner application efficacy for increasing meal planning independence in individuals with intellectual disability. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 56(2), 225-239.

8. *Randall, K. N., Ryan, J. B., *Stierle, J. N. *Walters, & S. Bridges, W. (2021). Evaluating and Enhancing Driving Skills for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities through Simulator Training. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 36(4), 191-200.

9. *Randall, K. N., *Johnson, F., *Adams, S. E., *Kiss, C. W., & Ryan, J. B. (2020). Use of iPhone task analysis application to increase employment related chores for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Special Education Technology, 35(1), 26-36.

10. Ryan, J. B., *Randall, K.N., *Walters, E., & *Morash-MacNeil, V. (2019). Employment and independent living outcomes of a mixed model post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 50, 61-72.

11. Christle, C. A., Ryan, J. B. & *Dunn, M. (2019). The school to prison pipeline. In M. Yell and D. Bateman (Eds.), Current Trends and Legal Issues in Special Education. (pp. 204-220). Corwin.

12. Chan, P., *Counts, J., Katsiyannis, A., & Ryan, J. B. (2019). Litigation and School Resource Officers. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28, 3296-3306.

13. Couvillon, M., *Kane, E., Peterson, R., Ryan, J. B., & Scheurmann, B (2019). Policy and program considerations for choosing crisis intervention programs. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 30(1), 35-45.

14. Mooney, P. & Ryan, J. B. (2018). Editor recommendations for successfully writing for Beyond Behavior. Beyond Behavior, 27(2), 116-123.

15. *Popham, M., *Counts, J., Ryan, J. B., & Katsiyannis, A. (2018). Self-regulated strategies to improve academic outcomes of students with emotional and behavioral disorders: A meta-analysis. Journal of Research in Special Education Needs. 18(4), 239-253.

16. *Counts, J., *Randall, K. N., Ryan, J. B., & Katsiyannis, A. (2018). School resource officers in public schools: A national review. Education and Treatment of Children, 41(4), 399-424.

17. Mooney, P. & Ryan, J. B. (2018). Reviewing for Beyond Behavior: An editor’s guide for submitting a comprehensive and meaningful review. Beyond Behavior, 27(1), 50-57.

18. Ryan, J. B., Katsiyannis, A., *Counts, J., & *Shelnut, J. (2018). The Growing Concerns Regarding School Resource Officers. Intervention in School and Clinic, 53(3), 188-192.

19. *Morash-MacNeil, V., *Johnson, F., & Ryan, J. B. (2018). Effectiveness of assistive technology for individuals with intellectual disability in the workplace: A meta-analysis. Journal of Special Education Technology, 33(1), 15-26.


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