The schedule of papers for the 2013 NZABA Conference is now out. This can be downloaded from [HERE]. A full programme (with abstracts) will be available shortly.


Good afternoon everyone,

 To give us an indication of numbers of likely attendees at the NZABA Conference next month, could all attendees please answer the two questions (a) whether you are planning on attending the conference, and b) whether you (and your partner/family) are planning on attending the conference dinner on Saturday) on the “Attendance Poll” at the link below:


Please forward this link on to students (or any others who are not on the mailing list) who are planning on attending also. We would like your replies to this poll ASAP.

Please note that conference registration for NZABA 2013 will occur on the morning of Saturday 31st August. All conference attendees must register their attendance. Conference fees are $140 for waged (payable upon registration), and free for students. Please note that although students pay no fees, they still need to register on the day. (Voting on the “attendance polls” does not mean that you have “registered” – you still need to register your actual attendance on Saturday morning.)

Further conference details (including details about Friday’s drinks and Saturday’s dinner) are now available on the NZABA website here:


To all those who are presenting, can you please submit your abstracts to Chris by 19th August (although ASAP is preferred to lessen the administration workload). Please include all authors and affiliations when you do so. Email abstracts to c.podlesnik@auckland.ac.nz. Please note that talks will be 15 minutes each, plus a few minutes for questions.


A final reminder that today is the last day to send in your title submissions for the 2013 NZABA Conference, to be held in Auckland from 30 August – 1 September. Please submit your titles today to Chris Podlesnik at c.podlesnik@auckland.ac.nz.

For all those planning on presenting, the abstract deadline is the 19th August. Please send your abstracts to Chris Podlesnik at c.podlesnik@auckland.ac.nz.

Talks will be 15 minutes each + a few minutes for questions.

Finally, here are some more details from Chris about venues and accommodation for NZABA 2013:


The conference will be held at the Copthorne Hotel on Saturday and on the University of Auckland campus on Sunday (10 Symonds Street). Both are within a 5 min walk from one another.

If anyone wants to stay at the Copthorne Hotel, they must book directly with them and quote the conference booking ID: #79283 to receive the special rate of $110 (includes GST) per night. The booking will be confirmed subject to availability.

Here is the hotel contact info:

150 Anzac Avenue

P.O. Box 3272

Auckland, 1010

New Zealand

T. +64 9 379 8509

F. +64 9 379 8582


We are working toward coming up with a place to meet informally on Friday night and for the Saturday night dinner. Hopefully, both will be quite close.

Thanks, let me know if you have any questions.




It’s time to put on your thinking/creativity hats!

Driven partly by the fact that we can’t find a high-resolution version of the current NZABA logo, and also by the fact that it could probably with an update anyway, we’ve decided to run an NZABA logo competition!

The rules are fairly simple:

  •  Create a logo for NZABA (see our banner above for our current one).
  • Try to stick with a square-ish configuration if possible (it fits better on posters and websites).

Email all entries to celia@psy.otago.ac.nz by 5pm on May 20th. We will then open up voting to everyone on the NZABA mailing list. The winner gets to see their logo proudly displayed on the upcoming “call for papers” for this year’s conference, on the NZABA website, as well as future NZABA-related things.

Looking forward to seeing all your entries!


The New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis (NZABA) consists primarily of staff, students, and recent graduates of the seven universities in New Zealand, but also includes therapists, business consultants, and some international members.

The School of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington hosted our 9th annual conference from 31 August to 2 September 2012. Sixty people attended to see 34 presentations and 9 posters, with the range of topics matching the broad interests of those present at the conference. The topics covered included applied human and animal studies, as well as a range of basic studies addressing contemporary issues in the experimental analyses of behaviour. Participants in these studies included humans, rats, pigeons, hens, crows, possums, and dogs.

High-quality student presentations always are a feature of NZABA. We awarded three prizes for outstanding student presentations. Sarah Cowie of The University of Auckland tied with Gordon Tan of Victoria University of Wellington for best basic-research presentation. Sarah’s presentation was entitled: “Simplifying the contingency: reminder stimuli enhance control by local food ratios”. Gordon’s was entitled “The effect of relational training on slot machine play: Walking the walk as opposed to just talking the talk”. Rebecca Sharp of The University of Auckland won for best applied presentation, entitled “How representativeness is affected by temporal dimensions of responding”. Congratulations to Sarah, Gordon, and Rebecca!

Many papers provided opportunities for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). NZABA has been an “approved continuing education provider” for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) since 2006. CEUs are an almost essential part of the requirements for Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs) to maintain their certification. 36 x 1-hour CEUs every 3 years is the usual requirement. 21 New Zealand resident BCBAs have benefitted from the CEU events we have been able to provide. Since 2006, we have issued certificates for 459 CEUs from 16 events. The number of behavioural practitioners increased from previous years and 2012 was a record year for the number of CEUs provided by NZABA: 181 from 5 events. The annual NZABA conference provides excellent opportunities for BCBAs to earn CEUs, either through presenting or attending relevant sessions. New Zealand BCBAs expressed that they are grateful to NZABA for agreeing to be an approved CEU provider, for paying the annual US$100 fee to BACB to maintain that status, and for making any CEUs earned at NZABA available at no cost.

The School of Psychology at The University of Auckland, New Zealand will host the 10th annual NZABA conference from the 30st of August to the 1 September 2013. The call for papers will be announced soon and those interested should contact Chris Podlesnik at c.podlesnik@auckland.ac.nz for more information. We welcome local and international participants to our city, which is ranked as the world’s third most liveable city, according to the annual Mercer Quality of Living survey. NZABA will be conveniently held just before the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS), which will be held from the 6 to 9 September (see their website for more information: www.psychology.org.nz).

There is no formal application process or fee to join NZABA. Attending the annual conference and paying fees constitutes active membership, and there are no fees for student presenters. Anyone interested in registering for NZABA membership should contact Celia Lie (celia@psy.otago.ac.nz), or complete the online form on the NZABA website (nzaba.org/membership/). For up-to-date news and more information about NZABA, please visit our website (nzaba.org).

Written by Chris Podlesnik, The University of Auckland, NZABA Chair 2013