Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower

Second Advisor

Dr. R.W. Malott

Third Advisor

Dr. John Nagle

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This is a descriptive study that reviewed past participation of International behaviorists at the Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA) convention, to provide sore help to these presenters to improve the experience, and to disseminate behavioral information outside of the United States by trying to Increase International participation at the ABA convention.

These methods were used to Invite the behavioristsi (a) call for papers, (b) personalized invitations, and (c) poster invitations. Procedures used to improve the convention experience weret (a) an interest questionnaire, and (b) pre- and post-convention surveys.

Comparisons were made between the number of International presenters from years 1981 through 1986. From 1981 through 1985 there was an average of 9.8. In 1986 there were 48 international presenters (28 paper presenters and 20 poster presenters). It is plausible that the personalized invitations and poster invitations contributed to the increase.