Judah Axe

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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, matrix training, and staff 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

*Frampton, S. E., *Davis, C. R., *Meleshkevich, O., & Axe, J. B. (accepted for publication). Systematic review of contriving and capturing motivating operations to teach mands. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

*Frampton, S. E., Axe, J. B., & Miguel, C. F. (2023). The effects of note-taking as a visual mediation strategy on the formation of equivalence classes. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 119(3), 429-447.

*Keesey-Phelan, S. H., Axe, J. B., & *Williams, A. L. (2022). The effects of teaching a problem-solving strategy on recalling past events with a child with autism. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior38(2), 190-198.

*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 Analysis54(2), 725-743. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.790

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

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-020-00524-w

*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

*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. https://doi.org/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 Disabilities29, 325-340. https://doi.org/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

*Frampton, S. E., & Axe, J. B. (2022). A tutorial for implementing matrix training in practice. Behavior Analysis in Practice16(1), 334-345.

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, 55-64https://doi.org/10.1177/1088357619881216

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. https://doi.org/10.1353/etc.2019.0014

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.

Staff Training

*Guinness, K. E., Chase, P. N., Turner, K. S., & Axe, J. B. (2023). Effects of behavioral instruction and feedback checklists on graphing conventions. Journal of Behavioral Education, 1-32.

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.

Terminology in Applied Behavior Analysis

*Frampton, S. E., *Guinness, K. E., & Axe, J. B. (2021). Parallel treatments design: A systematic review. Behavioral Interventions, 36(4), 941-961. https://doi.org/10.1002/bin.1818

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.https://doi.org/10.1002/bin.1776

*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. doi:10.1037/0000126-012

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)