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Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

44th Annual Convention

Call for Papers Handbook


A printable PDF version of this handbook is available here.




New in 2018


Program Schedule Changes
The following schedule changes in 2018 should be noted:
  • There will be 3 two-hour poster sessions from 1:00 pm–3:00 pm, instead of 3 three-hour poster sessions from 12:oo pm–3:00 pm as were scheduled in 2017. This will increase programing hours.
  • There are 24 hours of sessions, compared with 21 hours last year.
  • Business meetings will be from 7:00 pm–7:50 pm on Friday–Monday. There will be NO morning business meetings this year, except for the ABAI Business Meeting, which will be scheduled on Monday at 7:00 am.


Post-Convention, Single-Track Conference

A one-day, single-track conference on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is scheduled for the day after the convention, Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (Jonathan Tarbox, program chair). This conference will have separate registration fees and all presentations will be invited by the program chair.


Continuing Education

ABAI has recently been approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) to offer professional development continuing education (CE) for school psychologists and by the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis (QABA) Board for CE for Qualified Autism Services Practitioners (QASPs) and Applied Behavior Analysis Technicians (ABATs).


Invited Presentations and B. F. Skinner Lectures

This year the Program Board area coordinators will select and make invitations to B. F. Skinner lecturers and other invited presenters prior to the opening of volunteer submissions, so that ABAI members know the content of the invited track.




Member Status at Time of Submission

Submissions will only be eligible for presentation once all presenting authors, chairs, discussants, and panelists have become current (2017–2018) members of ABAI. At the end of your submission you will be informed of the membership status of all relevant submission participants—please remind your participants who have not renewed their member status at the time of submission that they should do so prior to the call for papers deadline. To become a new member or renew membership for 2017–2018, visit ABAI's membership page. For help or further information, contact our office at or (269) 492–9310.


Commitment to Present

All participants in a presentation—presenting authors, panelists, chairs, and discussants—must commit to register and attend the convention. Failure to register or make your scheduled presentation could result in the denial of submission privleges for the following convention year.


SABA Senior Student Presenter Grant Application Deadline

To be considered for a SABA Senior Student Presenter Grant, all submissions must be made by the close of call for papers on October 25, 2017, including posters.


Submission and Presentation Language

All submissions and presentations must be made in English.

Modifed by Eddie Soh