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

About Me

As a faculty member in the Behavior Analysis department, I teach master's courses in the areas of single subject design, methods of instruction, and verbal behavior. I teach doctoral courses on verbal behavior, advanced single subject design, and 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 on verbal behavior, problem solving, antecedent interventions for challenging behavior, and social behavior.

What I Teach

  • BEHV 415: Single Subject Design
  • BEHV 427: Methods of Behavior Change
  • BEHV 465: Verbal Behavior
  • DABA 610: Verbal Behavior
  • DABA 615: Advanced Single Subject Design
  • DABA 616: Behavioral Consultation in Schools


* = Simmons student

Verbal Behavior and Problem Solving

*Meleshkevich, O., Axe, J. B., & degli Espinosa, F. (in press). The effects of time delay and requiring echoics on answering questions about visual stimuli. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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. doi:10.1007/s40616-018-0103-4

Antecedent Interventions

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

*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. doi:10.1002/bin.1690

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. doi:10.1007/s10882-016-9526-9

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. doi:1088357619881216

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.