Tarbox > Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis > USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


Jonathan Tarbox (he/his/their/their), PhD, BCBA-D, is Program Director of the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of Southern California, as well as Director of Research at FirstSteps for Kids. Dr. Tarbox is editor of the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice and serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals related to autism and behavior analysis. He has published four books on the treatment of autism, is the editor of the Elsevier series of books Critical specialties in the treatment of autism and other behavioral issues, and author of over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and scientific text chapters. His research focuses on behavioral interventions to teach complex skills to people with autism, applications of acceptance and commitment training (ACT) within applied behavior analysis, and applications of behavior analysis. applied to issues of diversity and social justice. Download his vitae here. Email Dr. Tarbox here. Visit Dr. Tarbox’s Google Scholar Profile here.


Fryling, M., Rehfeldt, RA, Tarbox, J. and Hayes, LJ (2020). Applied behavioral analysis of language and cognition: fundamental concepts and principles for practitioners. Oakland: New harbinger.

Tarbox, J. & Bermudez, T. (2017). Treating Feeding Problems in Autism: Turning Mealtimes Around. New York: Elsevier.

Tarbox, J. & Tarbox, C. (2016). Training manual for behavioral technicians working with people with autism. New York: Elsevier.

Tarbox, J., Dixon, DR, Sturmey, P. and Matson, JL (Eds.) (2014). Handbook of early intervention for autism spectrum disorders: research, practice and policy. New York: Springer

Granpeesheh, D., Tarbox, J., Nadowski, AC (2014). Evidence-based behavioral intervention for children with autism: the CARD model. New York: Elsevier.

Book series

Tarbox, J. (series editor). Critical specialties in the treatment of autism and other behavioral issues. New York: Elsevier.

Selected peer-reviewed articles

Melendez, JL, Tarbox, J. & Parhimoon, S. (2020). Using the Performance Diagnosis Checklist – Human Services to Assess and Improve Employee Performance During Mandated Training: A Replica. Organizational Behavior Management Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/01608061.2020.1801551

Wang, Y., Tarbox, J., Chastain, AM and Cameron, MJ (2020). The effects of Bilingual Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) on exercise among bilingual international university students. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Sciences, 18, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2020.08.002

Tarbox, J., Szabo, T., & Aclan, M. (2020). Acceptance and commitment training as part of the practice of Applied Behavior Analysis. Behavioral analysis in practice. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-020-00466-3

Tarbox, C., Silverman, EA, Chastain, AN, Little, A., Bermudez, TL and Tarbox, J. (2020). Take ACTION: 18 simple strategies to support children with autism during the COVID-19 pandemic. Behavioral analysis in practice. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-020-00448-5

Little, A., Tarbox, J. and Alzaabi, K. (2020). Use acceptance and commitment training to improve the effectiveness of behavioral skills training. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2020.02.002.

Neimy, H., Pelaez, M., Monlux, K., Carrow, J., Tarbox, J. and Weiss, MJ (2020). Increased vocalizations and echoes in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorders. Behavioral analysis in practice. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-020-00413-2

Blair, BJ, Tarbox, J., Albright, L., MacDonald, J., Shawler, LA, Russo, SR, and Dorsey, MF (2019). Use equivalence-based instruction to teach visual analysis of graphs. Behavioral interventions. DOI: 10.1002./bin.1669.

LaFrance, DL, & Tarbox, J. (2019). The importance of multiple exemplar instruction in establishing new verbal behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Wang, Yiyi, Kang, Sora, Ramirez, J. & Tarbox, J. (2019). Multilingual diversity in the field of applied behavior analysis and autism: a brief review and discussion of future directions. Behavioral analysis in practice. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-019-00382-1.

Belisle, J., Paliliunas, D., Dixon, MR and Tarbox, J. (2018). Feasibility of contextual analyzes of the behavioral discourse of American presidents: Inaugural speeches of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, 1993-2017. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.

Najdowski, AC, St. Clair, M., Fullen, JA, Child, A., Persicke, A. & Tarbox, J. (2018). Teach children with autism to identify and respond appropriately to the preferences of others during play. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. doi: 10.1002/jaba.494

Ramon Cortes, IA, Molina Cobos, FJ and Tarbox, J. (2018). Teach children to create metaphorical expressions. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 18, 27-38.

Gould, E., Tarbox, J. & Coyne, L. (2018). To assess the effects of acceptance and engagement training on the overt behavior of parents of children with autism. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Sciences, 7, 81-88.

Baltruschat, L., Hasselhorn, M., Tarbox, J., Dixon, DR, Najdowski, AC, Mullins, RD and Gould, ER (2011). Addressing working memory in autistic children through behavioral intervention. Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, 5, 267-276.

Bergstrom, R., Najdowski, AC, Alvarado, M. and Tarbox, J. (2016). Teach children with autism to tell socially appropriate lies. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 405-410.

Gould, E., Tarbox, J., O’Hora, D., Noone, S. & Bergstrom, R. (2011). Teach children with autism a basic perspective-taking skill. Behavioral interventions, 26, 50-66.

Jang, J., Dixon, D., Tarbox, J., & Granpeesheh, D., de Nocker, Y. (2012). Randomized trial of an online learning program to train family members of children with autism in the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis. Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, 6, 852-856.

Linstead, E., Dixon, DR, French, R., Granpeesheh, D., Adams, H., German, R., Powell, A., Stevens, E., Tarbox, J., & Kornack, J. ( 2016). Intensity and learning outcomes in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders. Behavior modification, DOI: 10.1177/0145445516667059.

Najdowski, AC, Tarbox, J. & McHugh, L. (2015). Towards complexity: introduction to the special issue on the derived relational response. Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, 19, 1-6.

Neimy, H., Pelaez, M., Carrow, J., Monlux, K. & Tarbox, J. (2017). Infants at risk for autism and developmental disabilities: establishing early social skills. Behavioral Development Bulletin, 22, 6-22.

Persicke, A., Tarbox, J., Ranick, J. & St Clair, M. (2012). Establish metaphorical reasoning in children with autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, 6, 913-920.

Persicke, A., Tarbox, J., Ranick, J. & St Clair, M. (2013). Teach children with autism to detect and respond to sarcasm. Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, 7, 193-198.

Ranick, J., Persicke, A., Tarbox, J. & Kornack, JA (2013). Teach children with autism to detect and react to misleading statements. Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, 7, 503-508.

Tarbox, J. & Hayes, LP (2005). Verbal behavior and behavioral contrast in human subjects. Psychological file, 55, 419-437.

Tarbox, J., Najdowski, AC, Bergstrom, R., Wilke, A., Bishop, M., Kenzer, A. & Dixon, D. (2013). Randomized evaluation of a web-based tool for designing function-based behavioral intervention plans. Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, 71509-1517.

Tarbox, J., Schiff, A. and Najdowski, AC (2010). Parent-implemented procedural modification of escape extinction in the treatment of food selectivity in a young child with autism. Education and treatment of children, 33, 223-234.

Tarbox, J., Zuckerman, CK, Bishop, MR, Olive, ML and O’Hora, DP (2011). Rule-governed behavior: teach a preliminary repertoire of rules to follow to children with autism. The analysis of verbal behavior, 27, 125-139.

Wymer, SC, Tarbox, J., Beavers, GA and Tullis, CA (2016). Teach children with autism to follow rules specifying behavior and consequence. Verbal Behavior Analysis, DOI: 10.1007/s40616-016-0059-1.


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