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CoFABA 2020

From Roots to Branches:
The Growth and Sustainability of Behavior Analysis



Due to the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis has no choice but to make the necessary decision to cancel the 5th Annual CoFABA event originally scheduled for May 7, 2020, in Orlando.  Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our members is paramount, and serves as the reason for our decision to cancel this event.  
Our plan is that we will move everything to next year and run the 5th annual conference in Orlando next year on May 14th,  2021, with the same theme and group of presenters.  Your registration for this year will be automatically canceled and refunded.   When registration opens up for the next event, those that were registered this year will be given a 5-day advance link to register before registration opens up to the general public.

Please also allow us time to process full registration fee refunds for those who registered for this year's event. Information for exhibitors and sponsors will be forthcoming.

If you have further questions, please contact [email protected], otherwise, more information will be posted on this page and on social media in the days and weeks ahead.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and unwavering commitment to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.





FABA Executive Committee


Jim Ayotte, MBA, CAE

Executive Director
FL Manufactured Housing Assn

Lonny Powell

FL Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Assn

Fran Gilbert, CAE

President & CEO
Starfish Management Solutions

Jaime Caldwell

South FL Hospital & Healthcare Assn

Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE
Immediate Past-Chair

Chief Staff Executive/Vice-President
Partners in Assn Management, Inc.


Directors at Large

Pete Anderson
Associate Director At Large

Creative Insurance Concepts, Inc.

Amanda Bowen

Amanda Bowen, CAE
Director At Large

Nancy D. Stephens & Associates

Jason Carroll

Jason Carroll, CMP
Director At Large

Executive Director, Friends of the Riverwalk

Jan Dobson, CAE, APR
Director At Large

Sr. Director FICPA Scholarship Foundation
FL Institute of CPAs

Gail Siminovsky, CAE
Director at Large

Executive Director
Academy of Laser Dentistry

Donna Son, IOM
Director at Large

Chief Operating Officer
FL Institute of CPAs

Crissy Tallman, CMP, CAE
Director at Large

Director of Conventions & Continuing Education
FL Dental Assn

Stephanie Thomas, CAE, CMP
Director at Large

Director of CPE Operations
FL Institute of CPAs

Michele White, CAE
Director at Large

Associate Executive Director
FL Assn of School Administrators

Jessica Walters

Jessica Walters
Associate Director At Large

National Sales Manager
The Breakers Palm Beach  

Frank Rudd, CAE, CMP




Past Presidents

2019 Andrew Houvouras
2018 Nikki Dickens
2017 Corey Robertson
2016 Sharon Older
2015 Amy Polick
2014 Dawn Bailey
2013 Kevin Jackson
2012 Steve Coleman
2011 David Wilder
2010 Jan Montgomery
2009 Mary Riordan
2008 Tony Gelabert
2007 Karen Wagner
2006 Kevin Murdock
2005 Gretchen Thwing
2004 Tim Vollmer
2003 Jose Martinez-Diaz
2002 Al Murphy
2001 Michael Stoutimore
2000 Teresa Rodgers
1999 Patrick McGreevy
1998 James McGimsey
1997 Michael Hemingway
1996 Haydee Toro
1995 Judy Favell
1994 Steve Starin
1993 Brian Iwata
1992 Bill Wolking
1991 Jerry Shook
1990 Brian Jacobson
1989 Shari Titus
1988 Maxin Reiss
1987 Rusty Clark
1986 Jon S. Bailey
1985 Gary Jackson
1984 Jim Johnston
1983 Jerry Martin
1982 Hank Pennypacker
1981 Nate Azrin

Members At Large

Matt Potak
Member-at-Large 2016-2019

Megan Miller
Member-at-Large 2016-2019



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 workshops submitted may be selected for the annual conference-especially given the increasing number of submissions. Workshop presenters MUST register for the FABA conference.  Any author intending to present/ speak must be marked as a PRESENTING AUTHOR.

Submit a Workshop

PAPERS are oral presentations of a single paper given in 50 or 80-minute durations. Papers may not be accepted at the same duration in which they were submitted (e.g., 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.

Submit a Paper

PAPER SESSIONS Twenty-five minute paper presentations will be grouped together to form 50 or 80 minute paper sessions around similar topics 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).  Any author intending to speak must be marked as a PRESENTING AUTHOR.

Submit a Paper Session

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.

Submit a Symposium

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.

Submit a Panel

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.


Submit a Poster

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.

Submit a Film

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 

Ignites are not eligible for continuing education credits.

Submit an Ignite

MEETINGS and SPECIAL EVENTS are items that need space at the conference, but do not fit into one of the other categories. should 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.  Other examples include yoga sessions, Zumba sessions or meet & greet events.  Meetings & Events are not eligible for continuing education credits.  If you feel that your event should receive CEUs, you are encouraged to submit a panel or paper presentation instead.


Submit a Meeting
or Special Event



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

Conference Registration

All presenters MUST register for the conference.   This includes poster presenters and those people who are only coming to present and do not intend to attend the conference.   Please keep this in mind when submitting your presentation.  

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 head shot, 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.

Promote your Participation

• Follow us on Twitter: @FABA_Info and tag tweets #40YearsofFABA #FABA2020 #FABAs40th

• Get connected on LinkedIn

• Like FABA on our Facebook page

We encourage speakers to promote their participation via their social media accounts, websites, event calendars and newsletters.

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).



Make Your Plans Now to Attend the 40th Annual FABA Conference

September 16-19, 2020 | Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Hotel Information

The room rate for the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress will be $185/night for a singe/double.
The room block opens in January 2020.

Registration Opens March 1

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