2019 Invited Speakers

Thursday Invited Speakers
Ray Miltenberger, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker

BST Is Not as Good as You Think: Lessons Learned from Research on Teaching Safety Skills


Aubrey Daniels, PhD, Special Guest for Inside Behavior Analysis


Thursday Invited Addresses

Andrew Houvouras, President
The Prestige of Applied Behavior Analysis
Tara Fahmie, PhD
Function-based prevention:Using functional analysis to screen and intervene on emerging problem behavior
David C. Palmer, PhD
The Behavior of the Listener


Friday Invited Addresses

Greg Madden, PhD
A Game-Design Approach to Healthy Eating in Children


Lorrie Shealy Unumb, JD
Gaps and Caps in Autism Insurance Coverage


Saturday Closing Invited Address
(with special events dedicated to practitioner barriers and concerns)
Gina Green, PhD

Special session with the BACB on Wednesday Evening

Jim Carr, PhD



Submission Deadline: Monday, May 6th at 11:59 PM EST

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Types of Presentations:

  • WORKSHOPS are 3-hrs in length. Workshops are scheduled at the beginning or end of the annual conference on either Wednesday or Saturday (Saturday workshops run concurrently with selected sessions). Regardless of scheduled date, all workshops must be eligible for approval as a BCBA/BCaBA continuing education event. They should be designed to teach new skills that may be used by the participants. The format of the workshop MUST involve extensive audience participation, use of handouts, opportunities for participants to practice the skills, and/or the use of guided notes. Note that a workshop is not a sales or marketing event and any commercial advertising efforts are prohibited. Any extra fees must be justified. Not all workshop submitted may be selected for the annual conference-especially given the increasing number of submissions. Workshop presenters MUST register as FABA members for the annual conference. Any author intending to present/ speak must be marked as a PRESENTING AUTHOR.Note: The primary presenter must be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and the content must be Behavior Analytic (cf., Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968).] Workshop presenters who have not previously presented at FABA may be asked to submit a brief video sample of a recent presentation.
  • PAPERS are oral presentations given in 25, 50, or 80 minute durations. Twenty-five minute paper presentations will be grouped together to form 50 or 80 minute paper sessions around similar topics and a CHAIR will be assigned by the Program Committee reviewers to preside over the paper session (this is often one of the presenting authors). The chair will be assigned to introduce speakers, keep time, and act as a main communicator between the program committee and co-authors. There is not a discussant for paper sessions or paper presentations. Papers may not be accepted at the same duration in which they were submitted (e.g., a 50 minute paper may be accepted as a 25 minute paper and a 50 minute paper may be requested by peer reviewers to be expanded into an 80 minute presentation). In the event that the description of the submission better meets the definition of another type of presentation (i.e., a panel), a paper session may be accepted in a different format (e.g., a paper may be accepted as a panel or poster). Submitters agree to these terms when submitting paper presentations and will be notified of such decisions upon completion of peer reviews. Any author intending to speak must be marked as a PRESENTING AUTHOR.
  • SYMPOSIA consist of several speakers addressing a very similar topic. A SYMPOSIUM is organized by the Chair of the session who is typically not a presenter of one of the papers. This differs from a paper session in that it features a Discussant—a person who is prominent in the field and is not one of the presenters. Questions from the audience are addressed at the end of the Symposium and commented upon by the Discussant.

NEW for 2019: The lead submitter will submit all of the information for the content topic including the title, discussant name, summary abstract, and information for each individual paper presentation in addition to any head shots for any new authors not already found in the FABA presenter Database and learning objectives). The submission is not deemed finalized until all missing paper portions and required information is completed. Incomplete symposia will not move forward for peer review and therefore, cannot be considered for acceptance. The primary submitter can review any missing paper information on the main "My Abstracts" home page (upon logging into the FABA Call for Papers website hosted by One World Presentation Management).

  • PANEL DISCUSSIONS bring together several individuals with similar expertise in a subject matter to discuss topics of concern or interest among themselves and with audience members. The organizer of a PANEL either acts as the Chair or selects a Chairperson responsible for introducing topics and speakers. The PANEL would be an appropriate submission for meetings of affiliated chapters or special interest groups. Panels are scheduled for 50 or 80 minutes in duration but may be accepted at a different duration upon peer review.
  • POSTERS are visual presentations of primarily data based information in an attractive, easily understood format. The advantage of a poster is that it provides face-to-face interaction with the author(s). Posters should fit a 4' x 4' area. A bulletin board for display and pushpins will be provided. POSTERS are combined thematically into POSTER SESSIONS, which remain in place for a minimum of 3-hrs. The presenters are asked to be present for the first hour to answer any questions or to more fully describe their work. Poster presentations offer a great opportunity to share their research, receive feedback on ideas, and network with others. Annual Ribbon Awards are bestowed. Posters are not eligible for continuing education credits.
  • FILMS (coming back for FABA 2020) are submitted by members for consideration in the Nate Azrin Film Festival. If requested, submitters must provide proof of permission for the material in order to avoid copyright infringement. Submitters are responsible for supplying FABA/hotel personnel with the media in an accessible format. Film Festivals may be reserved for Anniversary conference years only and occur at the discretion of the Chair.
  • IGNITE is a fast-paced, fun, thought provoking, session where presenters share their professional passions about some aspect of behavior analysis in five minutes, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. The Ignite motto is: “Enlighten us, but make it quick.” IGNITE presentations will be grouped into 50 minute sessions based on similar themes. To learn more about this exciting method of sharing your passion and see great examples of 5 minute presentations go to http://www.ignitetalks.io Ignites are not eligible for continuing education credits.
  • MEETINGS are submitted by the intended Meeting Chair—for the purpose of discussing a common mission or topic of interest. This is intended for Special Interest Groups, Local Chapter, or other subcommittees of FABA. Meetings are not eligible for continuing education credits and interested parties are encouraged to submit a panel or paper presentation to better meet this need.
Note regarding Ethics and Supervision submissions
 from the BACB:
 Acceptable Type 2 ethics CEUs must meet all of the standards identified in addition to covering ethics content. Acceptable ethics content is behavior analytic in nature and covers ethical issues in behavior analysis practice or research. Ethics content should incorporate the BACB’s Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. Sample ethics CEU topics might include the (in) appropriateness of implementing non-behavioral therapies, strategies for avoiding/managing dual relationships, creating a culture of ethics in an organization, ethical implications of media and technology, among others. Those not meeting the BACB criteria will be assigned to and included in other applicable tracks. Acceptable Type 2 supervision CEUs must meet all of the standards identified in addition to covering supervision content. Acceptable supervision content is behavior-analytic in nature and covers effective supervision as defined in the BACB’s experience standards (in particular, the “Nature of Supervision” section) and the BACB Supervisor Training Curriculum Outline.

By submitting an event, the submitting author affirms and represents that the information and all attachments hereto, are true and accurate, and agrees to deliver the presentation or arrange for it to be presented if the FABA Conference Committee accepts the submission. The submitting author understands that all presenting authors must register for the conference, and that failing to deliver an accepted presentation or arrange for it to be presented may result in rejection of future submissions from this author.

Type of Submission Chair Discussant Number of Presenters Learning Objectives Duration(s)
Workshop No No 1+ 5 3 hours
Paper No No 1+ (1 paper) 3 25*, 50 or 80 minutes
Paper Session* Yes No 2+ 3 50 or 80 minutes
Symposium Yes Yes 4+ 3 50 or 80 minutes
Panel Yes No 3+ 3 50 or 80 minutes
Poster *Entire Session No *Authors 0 Minimum 3 hour session
Film Yes No N/A 0 50 or 80 minutes
Ignite *Entire Session No 1 to 2 0 5 minutes each
(grouped into 50 minutes)
Meeting Yes No N/A 0 50 minutes


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Here are some things to keep in mind when presenting at FABA:

Audio/Visual Equipment

The session room will be set theater style with a lectern at the front of the room and an LCD projector. We will also provide a six-foot draped head table and 2 chairs. If you are showing slides, we request that you bring your own laptop with your slides pre-loaded. Those using Mac computers will need to provide their own cable adapters. There will be a table in the back for any handouts, brochures, etc. A limited amount of additional A/V equipment can be provided. Please note which equipment, if any, you require. Additional requests will be considered based on budgetary impact. Microphones and speakers will not come standard in smaller rooms and will only be available in those rooms seating over 200. If your presentation requires audio, please note this on your submission.

Head Shot

Please submit a high resolution color digital headshot, at least 300 dpi, in JPG format. We cannot use PDFs nor can we use images pulled from a website for print purposes. Although they may appear fine on screen, the resolution is not high enough and will appear grainy in print. . Please note that all head shots must be a photograph of the presenter, no illustrations or clip art will be accepted. If you are an author, also submit book jacket image(s).

Speaker Handouts (optional)

You may provide handouts to conference attendees if desired. These can include written copies or summaries of your presentation, as well as supplementary resource materials. We regret that we will not be able to cover any costs associated with duplication, shipping to or from the conference center, or handling of handouts or other speaker materials.

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In addition to Twitter, we invite you to join our groups on LinkedIn and Facebook to engage our audience before and after the conference. This is a great opportunity to share relevant content from your blog, link to your news articles and media appearances, ask thought-provoking questions, surface ideas to explore in your presentation or solicit questions to ask your speakers if you are a moderator. We also welcome guest bloggers (post about your session or re-blog your existing content).