Jonathan Tarbox, 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 70 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. 

Abstract of the ABA International Conference 2020:

Practical methods of teaching children with ASD to adopt and enjoy a variety of healthy foods 

This presentation will be in English.


Many children with autism have challenges with eating a healthy variety of foods. A few decades of research have shown how ABA principles and procedures can treat food selectively quickly and effectively, and yet, unfortunately, most parents and professionals are still unaware of these procedures. This presentation will provide a practical, step-by-step guide to helping children with ASD learn to love eating a larger and healthier variety of foods. All of the information presented will be based on scientific research but the presentation is tailored for parents and professionals who are not already trained in these procedures. The purpose of the presentation is to give you very practical, real-life tools that you can implement with your child or your client today.