I am currently a Professor in the Psychology Department, Director of the Human Development Center, and Chair of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects. In the Psychology Department, I teach courses in the graduate School Psychology Program involving developmental psychopathology and evidence-based interventions, and supervise the school psychology internship. I teach undergraduate courses in child and adolescent development and the History of Psychology, and supervise independent studies in child clinical and pediatric psychology. I am a licensed psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. My clinical and research interests involve an area of psychology referred to as behavioral pediatrics. Behavioral pediatrics is the intersection of primary care pediatrics and behavioral psychology. I specifically address routine problems of childhood and adolescence that have potentially negative consequences including enuresis (bedwetting), temper tantrums, and childhood anxiety. I'm also interested in helping parents and teachers solve problems involving Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), delinquency, and learning.
As Director of the Human Development Center (HDC), I oversee the clinical training of undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines including psychology. Students working in the HDC provide clinical services to children, adolescents, and families in the region under the direct supervision of faculty and staff. Many undergraduate students from the Psychology Department gain valuable clinical and research experiences in the HDC providing academic (e.g., reading, math) assessments and interventions to children with identified learning and behavioral problems.
Education, Training, and Experience
I received a BA in English and Sociology and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and Human Development from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. I received a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. I have formal clinical training through Father Flanagan's Girls and Boys Town and Creighton University School of Medicine, both in Omaha, NE. Prior to coming to UWEC in 2008, I held clinical, research, training, and administrative positions at Girls and Boys Town and the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME.
Recent Publications (students in bold)
• Nelson, T.D., Haugen, K.A., Resetar Volz, J.L., G., Zhe, E.J., Axelrod, M.I., Spear Filigno, S., Stevens, A.L., & Lundahl, A. (2015). Overweight and obesity among youth entering residential care: Prevalence and correlates. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 32, 99-112.
• Axelrod, M.I., Tornehl, M., Simpson, J.N., Lamoureau, E.A, & Fontanini-Axelrod, A. (2015). A review of encopresis for the school psychologist: Definition, developmental course, prevalence, etiological formulation, and assessment. The WSPA Sentinel, 14, 16-19.
• Axelrod, M.I., Nierengarten, B.L., & Fontanini-Axelrod, A. (2014). Using a self-monitoring intervention to improve students' on-task homework behavior at an after-school program. Journal of Education and Training, 1, 48-61.
• Axelrod, M.I., Tornehl, C., & Fontanini-Axelrod, A. (2014). Enhanced response using a multicomponent treatment for nocturnal enuresis. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 19, 172-182.
• Axelrod, M.I., Bellini, S., & Markoff, K. (2014). Video self-modeling: A promising strategy for noncompliant children. Behavior Modification, 38, 567-586.
Recent Presentations (students in bold)
• Axelrod, M.I., Fontanini-Axelrod, A., & Gatzow, M. L. (2015, February). Implementation and evaluation of a school-based mental health program. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.
• Moua, C., Axelrod, M.I., Coolong-Chaffin, M., & Dernbach, M. (2015, February). Using BEA to modify packaged reading interventions for English Learners. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.
• Coolong-Chaffin, M., Axelrod, M.I., Butterfuss, R., & Anderson, J. (2015, February). Using BEA to modify packaged reading interventions during the summer. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.
• Rinka, S.R., & Axelrod, M. (2015, February). Do labels affect teachers' perceptions of children with ADHD? Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.
• Johnson, E.M., & Axelrod, M.I. (2015, February). Comparing teacher-directed versus computer-assisted instruction on math fact fluency. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.