Proposal for Presentation at 2019 APBA Convention

Proposal for Presentation at 2019 Association of Professional Behavior Analysts Convention
(April 11 - 13, Atlanta, GA)

The deadline for submitting proposals is 5:00 pm Eastern time on October 30, 2018.
Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

General Instructions

IMPORTANT: Please read all instructions and complete the submission form carefully. APBA reserves the right to reject submissions that do not comply with the instructions.

For its 2019 convention, APBA welcomes submissions for presentations relevant to the practice of applied behavior analysis (ABA) in the following formats:

  • Symposium: Oral presentations of three research papers on the same topic or related topics with a discussant, or four papers with no discussant. A chairperson introduces the symposium and each speaker, and monitors time. Session duration is 90 minutes. Accepted symposia will be scheduled for Friday, April 12 or Saturday, April 13.

  • Student paper: A 15-minute oral description of an original (i.e., unpublished) study with written feedback on content and presentation style provided by audience members. The presenting author must have been a full-time student (undergraduate or graduate) when the study was conducted. Accepted papers will be grouped in paper sessions by the Convention Committee and scheduled for Friday, April 12 or Saturday, April 13.

  • Poster: A visual presentation of an original (i.e., unpublished) study on a poster approximately 4 ft. x 4 ft. in size. Accepted posters will be organized into poster sessions to occur on Friday, April 12 or Saturday, April 13.

  • Panel discussion: Brief oral comments on an issue or topic in the practice of ABA by 4 - 5 panelists, followed by active discussion among panelists and audience members. A chairperson introduces the session and panelists, monitors time, and moderates the discussion; s/he may also serve as a panelist. Session duration is 90 minutes. Accepted panel discussions will be scheduled for Friday, April 12 or Saturday, April 13.

  • Panel presentation: Three or four non-research oral presentations designed to provide information or instruction on a topic in the practice of ABA. A chairperson introduces the session and panelists and monitors time; s/he may also serve as a panelist. Session duration is 90 minutes. Accepted panel presentations will be scheduled for Friday, April 12or Saturday, April 13. 

PLEASE NOTE: All proposals will be peer-reviewed against criteria listed below; acceptance is not guaranteed. All other types of presentations (keynote addresses, tutorials, workshops) are invited by the Convention Committee. 

Criteria for research symposia, posters, and student papers:
  • Symposia may include one paper that describes a meta-analysis or other quantitative or systematic review of previous research while all other papers describe original (i.e., not previously published) studies, OR all papers may describe original studies. The latter may be replications of previous studies, evaluations of innovative procedures, or extensions of established procedures with new populations and/or in new settings.

  • Posters and student papers must describe original (unpublished) studies.

  • Applied studies, basic studies with clear implications for application, and "bridge" or translational studies will be considered.

  • Completed studies are preferred. If a study is not complete at the time of submission, data collected to date must be submitted and the abstract must include timelines for completing the study at least one month prior to the convention.

  • All proposals for research presentations will be evaluated by three Convention Committee reviewers for evidence of the following:

    • The study is clearly behavior analytic

    • The research question, design, methods, results, and conclusions are described clearly but succinctly. Graphs or tables representing the results are included with the abstract.

    • Priority will be given to submissions that include evidence of the following regarding measurement procedures: accuracy (comparisons of observed and true values for the same samples of behavior), reliability (comparison of the observer's recording of the same sample of behavior at two or more points in time), and believability (interobserver agreement; IOA). At a minimum, evidence of the believability of the data (IOA) must be included.

    • The presentation is scholarly or scientific and is not designed primarily to promote or market any product, service, agency, program, materials, etc
Criteria for panel discussions:
  • Panels must address timely topics that are relevant to the practice of ABA, such as legal or ethical matters, conceptual or scientific issues, professional behavior, business practices, clinical practices, public policies, practitioner training, and the like.

  • Proposals must include summaries of brief prepared comments to be made by each of 4 - 5 panelists to start the session (no more than 10 minutes each) and an attestation that the majority of the time will be devoted to discussion among panelists and the audience.

  • The presentation must not be designed to promote or market any product, service, agency, program, materials, etc.
Criteria for panel presentations:
  • Panels must address timely topics that are relevant to the practice of ABA, such as legal or ethical matters, conceptual or scientific issues, professional behavior, business practices, clinical practices, public policies, practitioner training, and the like.

  • Proposals must include summaries of the presentations to be made by each of 3 or 4 panelists.

  • The presentation must not be designed to promote or market any product, service, agency, program, materials, etc.

Audiovisual Equipment

APBA will provide digital projectors, screens, microphones, and sound systems (with cables to connect to laptop computers) for all oral presentations. Presenters must bring their own laptops. MacBook users must also bring adapters for connecting to digital projectors. No audiovisual equipment will be provided for posters.

Application for Continuing Education Consideration (Symposia, panel discussions, and panel presentations Only)

APBA is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as a provider of BACB Type 2 continuing education (ACE Provider # OP-10-2067). We are committed to providing quality continuing education opportunities at the convention. If you are submitting a symposium, panel discussion, or panel presentation for consideration, please complete the continuing education application (included on the submission form) to enable APBA to determine if the presentation meets the BACB's standards for continuing education events and instructors. Posters and student papers are not eligible for continuing education units.

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