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College of Education

Joseph B. Ryan

Sue Stanzione Distinguished Professorship for ClemsonLIFE

Office: 227 Holtzendorff Hall
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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 and 2023-24 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Ireland. 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. Ryan, J. B. & Mooney, P. (in press). The Special Educator’s Guide to Behavior Management. Routledge.

2. Ryan, J. B., Hurley, Z., & Randall, K. (in press). Addressing the educational needs of students in foster care. Beyond Behavior.

3. Howell, E., Linder, S., Ryan, J. B., Bridges, W.C. (in press). Examining higher education through HyFlex. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning.

4. Randall, K., Ryan, J. B., & *Carlson, A., (in press). Students’ perception of an American post-secondary education program’s value in preparing them for employment, independent living, and social activities. In Shevlin, M. & Rose, R. (Eds.), Challenging Assumptions: Voices from Marginalised Communities.

5. Randall, K., & Ryan, J. B. (2024). What is self-determination and why it matters. Re-Thinking Behavior, 7(2), 28-35.

6. *Stierle, J., Ryan, J. B., Katsiyannis, A., *Carlson, A., Allen, A., & Mims, P. (2023). Using smart phone technology to improve daily living skills for individuals with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 36, 1169-1178. DOI:10.1111/jar.13139

7. *Stierle, J., Ryan, J. B., Katsiyannis, A., & Mims, P. (2023). Using video prompting and modeling on mobile technology to teach daily living skills: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 7, 491-501.

8. Ryan, J. B. (2023). Expert advice: ClemsonLIFE story. In S. Friedman (Ed.), The Essential Guide for Families with Down Syndrome. (pp. 160-165). Peavine Press.

9. Howell, E., Hubbard, K., Linder, S., Madison, S., Ryan, J. B., Bridges, W.C. (2023). HyFlex pedagogy: Six strategies supported by design-based research. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

10. *Rogers, D. J., *Bunderick, K., Ryan, J. B. & *Afram, L.,(2023). There's a time and place for timeout. Beyond Behavior, 32(2), 93-102.

11. *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.

12. 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.

13. Yell., M., Katsiyannis, A., & Ryan, J. B. (2023). Kenny v. Wilson (2021) and the criminalization of student misbehavior. Intervention in School and Clinic, 59(2),143-146.

14. *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.

15. *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.

16. *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.

17. *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.


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