Judah Axe

  • Behavior Analysis
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  • Ph.D., Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, 2008
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • M.A., Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, 2005
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • B.S., Molecular Biology, 2000 
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI


  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral Level (BCBA-D)
  • Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA), Massachusetts

About Me

I have been using the concepts and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis to improve the lives of individuals with autism since 1999. Having arrived at Simmons in 2008, I teach courses in the on-ground master's program, online master's program, and online PhD program in the areas of verbal behavior and single subject research design. I supervise a research lab with doctoral students where we conduct studies on verbal behavior, problem solving, antecedent interventions for challenging behavior, social behavior, and matrix training. I enjoy skiing, hiking, and spending time on the beach with my wife and two daughters.

What I Teach

  • BEHV/O 415: Single Subject Design
  • BEHV/O 416: Verbal Behavior
  • DABA 633: Advanced Single Subject Design
  • DABA 610: Verbal Bahavior


* = Simmons student

Alberto, P., Troutman, A., & Axe, J. B. (2021). Applied behavior analysis for teachers, 10th ed. Pearson.

Verbal Behavior and Problem Solving

*Phelan, S. H., Axe, J. B., & *Williams, A. (accepted for publication). The effects of teaching a problem-solving strategy on recalling past events with a child with autism. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

*Meleshkevich, O., Axe, J. B., & Espinosa, F. D. (2021). Effects of time delay and requiring echoics on answering questions about visual stimuli. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54(2), 725-743.

Axe, J. B., *Phelan, S. H., & *Irwin, C. (2019). Empirical evaluations of Skinner’s analysis of problem solving. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 35, 39-56.

Antecedent Interventions

Axe, J. B., Murphy, C. M., & Heward, W. L. (2022). Functional communication training and most-to-least prompting as treatments for problem behavior. Clinical Case Studies, 21(1), 48-60.

*Davis, C. R., & Axe, J. B. (2021). Analyzing consequence variables within the high probability request sequence for a child diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 14(2), 352-359.

*Kelly, A. N., Axe, J. B., Allen, R. F., & Maguire, R. W. (2015). Effects of presession pairing on the challenging behavior and academic responding of children with autism. Behavioral Interventions, 30, 135-156.

Social Behavior and Conditioning Attention as a Reinforcer

*Dudley, L. L., Axe, J. B., Allen, R. F., & Sweeney-Kerwin, E. J. (2019). Establishing praise as a conditioned reinforcer: Pairing with one versus multiple reinforcers. Behavioral Interventions, 34, 534-552.

Axe, J. B., & *Laprime, A. P. (2017). The effects of contingent pairing on establishing praise as a reinforcer with children with autism. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 29, 325-340.

Axe, J. B., & Evans, C. J. (2012). Using video modeling to teach children with PDD-NOS to respond to facial expressions. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6, 1176-1185.

Matrix Training

Curiel, E. S. L., Axe, J. B., Sainato, D., & Goldstein, H. (2020). Systematic review of matrix training for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 35, 55-64.

Hatzenbuhler, E., Molteni, J., & Axe, J. B. (2019). Increasing sociodramatic play skills in children with autism spectrum disorder via peer-mediated matrix training. Education and Treatment of Children, 42, 295-320.

Axe, J. B., & Sainato, D. M. (2010). Matrix training of pre-literacy skills with preschoolers with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43, 635-652.

Terminology in Applied Behavior Analysis

*Frampton, S. E., *Guinness, K. E., & Axe, J. B. (2021). The parallel treatments design: A systematic review. Behavioral Interventions, 36(4), 941-961.

Axe, J. B., & *McCarthy-Pepin, M. (2021). On the use of the term, “discriminative stimulus,” in behavior analytic practice. Behavioral Interventions, 36(3), 667-674.

*Irwin, C., & Axe, J. B. (2019). Overview of applied behavior analysis and early intervention for autism spectrum disorder. In S. G. Little & A. Akin-Little (Eds.), Behavioral interventions in schools: Evidence-based positive strategies., 2nd ed. (pp. 205–226). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Association for Behavior Analysis International (2002-present)
Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (2007-present)


Excellence in Teaching Verbal Behavior Award, Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group (2021)
College of Social Science, Policy, and Practice Dean Faculty Research Fellowship (2019)
Distinguished Faculty Member, Special Education Program, The Ohio State University (2013)