Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Brain and Cognitive Science, Linguistics, University of Rochester, 2008
  • B.A., Linguistics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000
  • B.A., Psychobiology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University, 2014-2022
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University, 2008-2014
  • Instructor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester, 2004-2008
Professional Honors
  • Robert L. Spaeth Teaching Award, Saint John’s University, 2015
  • Graduate Fellowship, University of Rochester, 2002-2005
  • Robert and Mary Sproull Fellowship, University of Rochester, 2000-2002
  • NSF REU Fellowship, University of North Dakota, 1999
  • NSF REU Fellowship, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, University of Pittsburgh / Carnegie Mellon, 1998
Professional Affiliations
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Midwestern Psychological Association (2008-2022)

Dr. Benjamin Faber is a cognitive scientist with a breadth of expertise in human behavior, information processing, learning, and language.  His work focusses on complex human abilities that integrate perception, attention, memory, and decision making by recognizing the interacting influences of developmental, social, clinical, and evolutionary factors on cognitive competencies and behavioral performance limitations. He has 25 years of experience directing diverse human subjects research projects, including creative and complex experimental designs, data analysis and visualization, and communicating to a wide range of audiences through varied avenues. His expertise and skillset enable him to understand human factors and their root causes in a range of contexts including motor vehicle accidents, slip, trips, and falls, and product warnings and safety information.  

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Faber spent 14 years as a professor where he honed his skills as a master teacher across a wide variety of cognitive, developmental, statistics, and research methodology courses. He led diverse collaborative research programs, consulted on research designs and analyses, and programmed tools for teaching complex statistical concepts.  Dr. Faber also served as the Chair of the Faculty at Saint John's University where he was a consultative leader who excelled in complex project management, policy development, and strategic planning.  His research programs have covered topics ranging from how people think about what others' think and know, to learning and applying knowledge about race and sex in face identification and classification, to how biosensors and adaptive technology can improve learning, efficiency, and cognitive functioning.  During his PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences & Linguistics at the University of Rochester, he explored how people learn the underlying structure of language by exposing them to miniature artificial languages.