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Joseph B. Ryan

Sue Stanzione Distinguished Professorship for ClemsonLIFE

Office: 227 Holtzendorff Hall
Phone: 864-656-1531
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Educational Background

Ph.D. Special Education
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

M.S.Ed. Education
Old Dominion University

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 80 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 intellectual disabilities. He has been interviewed by Anderson Cooper, CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other leading periodicals, and given two 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. 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 PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES (* Indicates a co-author was a student at time of preparation)

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

2. Couvillon, M., Ryan, J. B., *Kane, E., Peterson, R., Scheurmann, B., & Hogan, J. (in press). Policy and program considerations for choosing crisis intervention programs. Journal of Disability Policy Studies,

3. *Counts, J., *Randall, K. N., Ryan, J. B., & Katsiyannis, A. (in press). School resource officers in public schools: A national review. Education and Treatment of Children.

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

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. *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.

8. *Dunn, M., *Shelnut, J., Ryan, J. B., & Katsiyannis, A. (2017). A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Peer-Mediated Interventions on the Academic Achievement of Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. Education and Treatment of Children, 40(4), 497-524.

9. Stutey, D., *Dunn, M., *Shelnut, J., & Ryan, J. B. (2017). Impact of Adlerian play therapy on externalizing behaviors of at-risk pre-schoolers. International Journal of Play therapy, 26(4), 196-206.

10. *Popham, M., *Lawton, K. L., Katsiyannis, A., & Ryan, J. B. (2017). Maintenance of effort: A challenging road. Journal of Special Education Leadership, 30(2), 98-104.

11. *Dunn, M., Katsiyannis, A., & Ryan, J. B. (2017). Charter schools and students with disabilities: A legal update. Intervention in School and Clinic, 1-4.

12. Katsiyannis, A., *Counts, J., *Popham, M., Ryan, J. B., & *Butzer, M. (2016). Litigation and students with disabilities: An overview of cases from 2015. National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin, 100(1), 26-46.

13. Collins, J. C. & Ryan, J. B. (2016). Extension of positive behavioral interventions and supports from the school to the bus: A case study. Journal of At-Risk Issues, 19(1), 29-33.


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