School of Education

Faculty/Staff Profiles

Joseph B. Ryan


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 a Professor of Special Education. He is the founder and Executive Director of Clemson LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) a post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual disabilities, as well as several adaptive sports programs. 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 50 publications, and currently serves as the Editor of the journal Beyond Behavior. He frequently consults and speaks at national and international professional conferences. 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.

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


1. Peterson, R.L., Ryan, J.B. & Rozalski, M. (2013). Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Schools. Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.

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

2. Scheuermann, B., Peterson, R., Ryan, J.B. & Billingsley, G. (in press). Professional and ethical issues related to physical restraint and seclusion in schools. Journal of Disability Policy Studies,

3. Losinski, M., Maag, J.W., Katsiyannis, A., & Ryan, J.B. (in press). The use of structural analysis to develop Interventions for secondary students exhibiting challenging behaviors. Education and Treatment of Children,

4. Katsiyannis, A., Smith, C., Losinski, M. & Ryan, J. B. (in press). Eligibility for Students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders: The Social Maladjustment Dilemma Continues. Journal of Disability Policy Studies,

5. Ryan, J.B., Hughes, E., Katsiyannis, A., McDaniel, M. & Sprinkle, C. (2014). Research-based educational practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Teaching Exceptional Children, (Reprint of original article published in Teaching Exceptional Children, 43(3), 56-64.

6. Ryan, J.B., Katsiyannis, Losinski, M., A., Reid, R., & Ellis, C. (2014). Review of state medication policies/guidelines regarding psychotropic medications in public schools. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(4), 704-715.

7. Collins, J. C., Ryan, J.B., Katsiyannis, A., Barrett, D. & Yell, M. (2014). Use of portable electronic assistive technology to improve independent job performance of young adults with an intellectual disability. Journal of Special Education Technology, 29(3), 15-30.

8. Hawkins, B., Ryan, J.B., Corey, L., & Donaldson, M. (2014). Impact of equine assisted therapy on gross motor skills of children with Autism Spectrum disorder. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 48(2), 135-149.

9. Losinski, M., Katsiyannis, A., Ryan, J.B., & Baughan, C. (2014). Weapons in schools and zero tolerance: Implications for special educators. NASSP Bulletin, 98(1), 1-16.

10. Ryan, J.B., Katsiyannis, A., Cadorette, D., Hodge, J. & Markham, M. (2014). Establishing adaptive sports programs for youth with disabilities. Preventing School Failure, 58, 32-41.

11. Losinski, M., Katsiyannis, A., & Ryan, J.B. (2014). Recent case law regarding functional behavioral assessments: Implications for practice. Intervention in School and Clinic. 49, 251-254.

12. Smith, C., Katsiyannis, A., & Ryan, J.B. (2014). Addressing the gap between case law and professional practice: A response to Zirkel. Behavioral Disorders, 39(2), 108-112.


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