Judah Axe

Associate Professor of Education and Behavior Analysis and Director of Special Education
  • Education
  • 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

About Me

Because I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, it is fitting that I teach in those two departments at Simmons: Education and Behavior Analysis. I direct the Master's Program in Special Education overseeing our Severe Disabilities program, Moderate Disabilities program, 4+1 program, Add-On program in Moderate Disabilities, and off-site program at the Landmark School in Beverly, MA. I enjoy teaching Special Education courses and advising our students through coursework and practicum to ensure they are fully prepared to become effective Special Education teachers.

In the Behavior Analysis program, I teach master's courses in the areas of methods of instruction and verbal behavior, as well as a doctoral course on behavioral consultation in schools. I designed two courses in the online master's program: single subject design and verbal behavior. I also supervise a research lab with doctoral students where we conduct studies analyzing verbal behavior and motivating operations. Three current research topics are the effects of problem solving on recalling past events, the effects of echoic responding on multiply controlled intraverbals, and the effects of presession pairing on compliance and problem behavior.

What I Teach

  • SPND 415 Applied Research I
  • SPND 441 Classroom Management for Learners with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings
  • SPND 442 Analysis of Behavior: Principles and Classroom Applications
  • BEHV 427 Methodologies for Behavior Change I
  • BEHV 465 Verbal Behavior
  • BEHVO 415 Introduction to Single Subject Research Designs (Online)
  • BEHVO 465 Verbal Behavior (Online)
  • DABA 616 Behavioral Consultation in Schools (PhD course)


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Axe, J. B., *Phelan, S. H., & *Irwin, C. (in press). Empirical evaluations of Skinner's analysis of problem solving. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

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

*Irwin, C., & Axe, J. B. (in press). Overview of applied behavior analysis and early intervention. In S. B. Little & A. Akin-Little (Eds.), Behavioral interventions in schools: Evidence-based positive strategies (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Axe, J. B. (2018). Peer-mediated intervention improves the conversational skills of adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 12, 95-99.

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. (2016). Combining concepts from verbal behavior and derived relational responding produces efficient language instruction for children with autism. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 9, 106-112.

Karsten, A. M., Axe, J. B., & Mann, C. C. (2015). Review and discussion of strategies to address low trainer-to-staff ratios. Behavioral Interventions, 30, 295-313.

*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.

Sainato, D. M., Morrison, R. S., Jung, S., Axe, J. B., & Nixon, P. A. (2015). A comprehensive inclusion program for kindergarten children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Early Intervention, 37, 208-225.

Berger, M., Scott, E., Axe, J. B., & *Hawkins, I. (2014). World challenge: Engaging sophomores in an intensive, interdisciplinary course. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 25(3), 333-345.

*Wells, A., & Axe, J. B. (2013). A three-tiered approach for addressing non-suicidal self-injury in the classroom. Beyond Behavior, 22(2), 35-43.

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.

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.

Cannella-Malone, H. I., Axe, J. B., & Parker, E. D. (2009). Interteach preparation: A comparison of the effects of answering versus generating study guide questions on quiz scores. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 9(2), 22-35.

Axe, J. B. (2008). Conditional discrimination in the intraverbal relation: A review and recommendations for future research. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 24, 159-174.

Neef, N. A., Cihon, T., Kettering, T., Guld, A., Axe, J., Itoi, M., & DeBar, R. (2007). A comparison of study session formats on attendance and quiz performance in a college course. Journal of Behavioral Education, 16, 235-249.