Dr. Jonathan Tarbox 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 and a Regional Clinic Director at FirstSteps for Kids. Dr. Tarbox received his PhD in behavior analysis from Dr. Linda Hayes at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Tarbox is Associate Editor of the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice and serves on the editorial boards of five major scientific journals related to autism and behavior analysis. He has published three books on autism treatment, is series editor for a books series on autism treatment, and has published well over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in scientific texts. His research focuses on behavioral interventions for teaching complex skills to individuals with autism. He is a frequent presenter at autism and ABA conferences worldwide, and a regular guest on television and radio. 


  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, 2005
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    My primary research interest is in behavioral approaches to complex language and cognition and, in particular, how intervention procedures can be developed to enhance functioning for individuals with autism and other challenges.

    I am also actively engaged in research on behavioral approaches to treating feeding disorders and training and supporting parents of children with disabilities.

    Research Keywords

    applied behavior analysis, autism, relational frame theory, derived relational responding, acceptance and commitment therapy, parent training, feeding disorders.

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