Jonathan Tarbox (he/his/they/their), PhD, BCBA-D, is the 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 the Editor-in-Chief 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 autism treatment, is the Series Editor of the Elsevier book series Critical Specialties in Treating Autism and Other Behavioral Challenges, and an author of well over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in scientific texts.  His research focuses on behavioral interventions for teaching complex skills to individuals with autism, applications of Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) inside of applied behavior analysis, and applications of applied behavior analysis 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, R. A., Tarbox, J., & Hayes, L. J. (2020). Applied Behavior Analysis of Language and Cognition: Core Concepts and Principles for Practitioners. Oakland: New Harbinger. 

Tarbox, J. & Bermudez, T. (2017). Treating Feeding Challenges in Autism: Turning the Tables on Mealtime. New York: Elsevier. 

Tarbox, J. & Tarbox, C. (2016). Training Manual for Behavior Technicians Working with Individuals with Autism. New York: Elsevier.

Tarbox, J., Dixon, D. R., Sturmey, P., & Matson, J. L. (Eds.) (2014). Handbook of Early Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research, Practice, and Policy. New York: Springer

Granpeesheh, D., Tarbox, J., Nadowski, A. C. (2014). Evidence-Based Behavioral Intervention for Children with Autism: The CARD Model. New York: Elsevier. 

Book Series

Tarbox, J. (Series Editor). Critical Specialties in Treating Autism and other Behavioral Challenges. New York: Elsevier. 

Selected Peer Reviewed Articles

Melendez, J. L., Tarbox, J., & Parhimoon, S. (2020). Utilizing the performance Diagnostic Checklist – Human Services to assess and improve employee performance on mand training: A replicationJournal of Organizational Behavior Management.

Wang, Y., Tarbox, J., Chastain, A. M., & Cameron, M. J. (2020). The effects of bilingual Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) on exercise in bilingual international university students. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 18, 1-8.

Tarbox, J., Szabo, T., & Aclan, M. (2020). Acceptance and commitment training inside the scope of practice of applied behavior analysis. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Tarbox, C., Silverman, E. A., Chastain, A. N., Little, A., Bermudez, T. L., & Tarbox, J. (2020). Taking ACTion: 18 simple strategies for supporting children with autism during the COVID-19 pandemic. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Little, A., Tarbox, J., & Alzaabi, K. (2020). Using Acceptance and Commitment Training to enhance the effectiveness of behavioral skills trainingJournal of Contextual Behavioral Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2020.02.002.

Neimy, H., Pelaez, M., Monlux, K., Carrow, J., Tarbox, J., & Weiss, M. J. (2020). Increasing vocalizations and echoics in infants at risk of autism spectrum disorder. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Blair, B.J., Tarbox, J., Albright, L., MacDonald, J., Shawler, L.A., Russo, S.R., & Dorsey, M.F. (2019).  Using equivalence-based instruction to teach the visual analysis of graphs.  Behavioral Interventions. DOI: 10.1002./bin.1669.

LaFrance, D. L., & Tarbox, J. (2019). The importance of multiple exemplar instruction in the establishment of novel 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. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Belisle, J., Paliliunas, D., Dixon, M. R., & Tarbox, J. (2018). Feasibility of contextual behavioral speech analyses of US presidents: Inaugural addresses of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, 1993-2017. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.

Najdowski, A. C., St. Clair, M., Fullen, J. A., Child, A., Persicke, A., & Tarbox, J. (2018). Teaching 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, A. I., Molina Cobos, F. J., & Tarbox, J. (2018). Teaching children to create metaphorical expressions. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 18, 27-38.

Gould, E., Tarbox, J., & Coyne, L. (2018). Evaluating the effects of Acceptance and Commitment Training on the overt behavior of parents of children with autism. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 7, 81-88.

Baltruschat, L., Hasselhorn, M., Tarbox, J., Dixon, D.R., Najdowski, A.C., Mullins, R.D., & Gould, E. R. (2011). Addressing Working Memory in Children with Autism through Behavioral Intervention. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5, 267-276.

Bergstrom, R., Najdowski, A. C., Alvarado, M., & Tarbox, J. (2016). Teaching 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). Teaching children with autism a basic component skill of perspective-taking. Behavioral Interventions, 26, 50-66.

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

Linstead, E., Dixon, D. R., 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 disorder. Behavior Modification, DOI: 10.1177/0145445516667059.

Najdowski, A. C., Tarbox, J., & McHugh, L. (2015). Moving toward complexity: Introduction to the special issue on derived relational responding. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 19, 1-6.

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

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

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

Ranick, J., Persicke, A., Tarbox, J., & Kornack, J. A. (2013). Teaching children with autism to detect and respond to deceptive statements. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 503-508.

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

Tarbox, J., Najdowski, A. C., 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. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 1509-1517.

Tarbox, J., Schiff, A., & Najdowski, A. C. (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, C. K., Bishop, M. R., Olive, M. L., & O’Hora, D. P. (2011). Rule-governed behavior: Teaching a preliminary repertoire of rule-following to children with autism. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 27, 125-139.

Wymer, S. C., Tarbox, J., Beavers, G. A., & Tullis, C. A. (2016). Teaching children with autism to follow rules specifying a behavior and consequence. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, DOI: 10.1007/s40616-016-0059-1.