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Phone: 832-822-3700
Fax: 832-825-4164


6701 Fannin Street
Suite 1630
Houston, TX 77030

Marni Elyse Axelrad, PhD

Clinic Chief

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Psychology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children Fellowship Pediatric Health Psychology 2004
State University of New York at Binghamton Internship Pediatric Health Psychology 2003
State University of New York at Binghamton Postgraduate Education Doctor of Philosophy 2003


Dr. Axelrad's research and clinical interests are focused on family based behavioral treatment in preschoolers. She coordinates a research study examining the short- and long-term effectiveness of a brief parenting intervention (the Brief Behavioral Intervention) on improving children’s emotional regulation and reducing problem behaviors across settings. Dr. Axelrad also conducts research related to disorders of sexual differentiation and gender, and participates in research evaluating the development of individuals with various genetic syndromes (i.e. Costello syndrome, Robinow syndrome.

Clinically, Dr. Axelrad evaluates and treats disruptive behavior disorders in young children presenting with and without chronic/life threatening illness, focusing on improving young children’s ability to self regulate by focusing on parenting strategies and parent/child relationship. She also supervises the Brief Behavioral Intervention, a Parent Management Training clinical intervention program for preschool aged children with disruptive behavior disorders.


Organization Name Role
American Board of Professional Psychology Member
American Psychological Association Member
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Member
Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Member, Division 53
Society of Pediatric Psychology Member, Division 54

Selected Publications

Fein RH, Banks GG, Gragert M, Axelrad ME. Brief Behavioral Intervention for Disruptive Behavior in a Child with a Hypothalamic Hamartoma: A Case Report. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 2018 doi: 10.1007/s10880-018-9592-5

Smith TE, Lee CA, Martel M, Axelrad ME.  ODD symptom network during preschool.  Journal of Child Abnormal Psychology. 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s10802-016-0196-y

Dempsey JD, McQuillen S, Butler A, Axelrad ME. Maternal Depression and Parent Management Training Outcomes.  Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s10880-016-9461-z

Axelrad ME, Chapman, SG. The Brief Behavioral Intervention for Preschoolers with Disruptive Behaviors: A Clinical Program Guide for Clinicians. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2016 (April). Available from:

Schwartz D, Katzenstein JM, Highley EJ, Stabley DL, Sol-Church K, Gripp KW, Axelrad M.  Age-related differences in prevalence of autism spectrum disorder symptoms in children and adolescents with Costello syndrome.  Am J Med Genet Part A 2017.

VIICTR Publications

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