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Faculty: Ryan Kellems


Ryan Kellems


Associate Professor



Contact Information

Office: 340-F MCKB

Phone: 801-422-6674


Dr. Ryan Kellems is an associate professor and Fulbright Scholar in the the Counseling Psychology and Special Education department at Brigham Young University. Prior to coming to BYU Dr. Kellems was on the faculty at the University of Oregon where he worked with the National Post-School Outcomes Center. His primary research interests are video modeling, transition for students with disabilities, post-school outcomes of students with disabilities, assistive technology, and working with young adults with autism in community-based vocational settings. One of Dr. Kellems areas of expertise is using the latest technology to assist students with disabilities as they transition to life after school. Prior to completing his doctoral degree Dr. Kellems was a high school teacher where he worked in both rural and urban settings as a special education and Social Studies teacher.

Dr. Kellems is currently conducting studies exploring the use of Augmented Reality and Live Animation to teach different skills (social, academic and independent living) to individuals with disabilities such as autism, LD and ID.

Dr. Kellems also conducts professional development across the country related to implementing video modeling in academic and community based settings.

Dr. Kellems will be serving in 2022 as a Fulbright Scholar to Budapest Hungary where he will be teaching and conducing research on Autism at Eötvös Loránd University in the Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Needs Education.

Special Education
Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Exceptional Needs
Education and Multicultural Issues in Special Education
Curriculum & Instruction for Secondary Students
Student Teaching: Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Augmented Reality (AR)
Video Modeling
Mobile Technology (iPads, iPods & tablets)
Live Animation
Secondary Special Education
Inclusive Education
Professional Development for Special Education Teachers

Nancy Peery Marriot Excellence in Research

Mckay School of Educaton


Fulbright Scholar

United States Department of State

2021 - 2022

JSET Research Article of the Year

Journal of Special Education Technology

2021 - 2022

Outstanding Service Award

DCDT- Division on Career Development and Transition