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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.

43rd Annual Convention

Call for Posters Handbook


A printable PDF version of this handbook is available here.


New in 2017


Program Schedule Changes

This year’s program will span three full days, beginning on Saturday, May 27, 2017 and concluding on Monday, May 29, 2017. Pre-convention workshops will take place on Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26, 2017.


The following schedule changes should be noted:

  • There will be 3 lunch poster sessions from noon–3:00 pm, instead of 2 lunch sessions and 3 evening sessions as in previous years.
  • The ABAI Expo will be held from 8:00 pm–10:00 pm on Saturday.
  • Morning business meetings will be from 7:00 am–7:50 am. Evening business meetings will be from 7:00 pm–7:50 pm.
  • Pre-convention workshops will take place on Thursday, May 25, from 4:00 pm–7:00 pm and Friday, May 26, from 8:00 am–3:00 pm and 4:00 pm–7:00 pm.
  • The SQAB conference will be held for a half day on May 25, and a full day on Friday, May 26.



Events that address ethics should now be submitted in their area of relevance (e.g., autism, education).


Continuing Education Content

Symposia, panels, and workshops that you wish to be considered for continuing education credit, and that contain ethics or supervision content as defined by the BACB, must provide a statement explaining how the submission content fulfills the defined requirements.


Child Care

We are pleased to announce that child care will be available during the convention, May 27–29, 2017. The advance registration deadline is February 15, 2017. Register early, as availability is limited and handled on a first-come, first-served basis. More details, and a link to the registration page, can be found here.


Expo Poster Payments

During the submission process, you will be asked to identify the person responsible for the payment of any expo poster fees, if applicable. A contact address will be required so that we may send an invoice following the close of call for papers.


Other organizations and businesses who wish to hold a reception should contact the ABAI office at to receive a price list for room rentals.


Funding, Conflict of Interest, and Instruction

During the submission process, you will be asked to identify any funding sources, report any conflicts of interest, and identify the level of instruction (basic, intermediate, advanced) for your presentation.


Revision of Program Areas

The Program Board has spent considerable time reviewing and defining the convention program areas, the descriptions for which are below. The following program area names and/or acronyms have been revised:

  • CSS: Community, Social & Sustainability Issues (previously CSE: Community Interventions; Social & Ethical Issues)
  • DEV: Behavioral Development (previously DEV: Human Development)
  • PCH: Philosophical, Conceptual & Historical Issues (previously TPC: Theoretical, Philosophical, Conceptual Issues)


Complete descriptions of all program areas can be found here.




Member Status at Time of Submission

Submissions will only be eligible once all presenting authors have become current (2016–2017) 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 2016–2017, 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.


Submission and Presentation Language

All submissions and presentations must be made in English.

Modifed by Eddie Soh