Benjamin Tabak

Benjamin Tabak

Associate Professor



Office: Expressway Tower 1315
Phone: 214-768-2315
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University of Miami, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Skidmore College, B.A. Psychology

After receiving his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami, Dr. Tabak completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab, the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, and the Anxiety and Depression Research Center. At UCLA, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research.

Dr. Tabak is the Director of the Social and Clinical Neuroscience (SCN) Lab at SMU. The SCN Lab examines interactions between biological, psychological, and environmental factors that contribute to individual differences in social functioning and mental health. The lab integrates social and clinical psychology with neuroscientific methods including neuroendocrine measurement, pharmacological administration, genetics, and neuroimaging. Current projects are examining: the role of circulating levels of oxytocin and vasopressin in interpersonal functioning, the relationship between social anxiety and social cognition, the construct and related domains of social sensitivity, associations between social cognition in interpersonal interaction and music, and the neural effects of oxytocin and vasopressin administration when engaged in in a variety of social processes.

Dr. Tabak has lived in upstate New York, Sydney Australia (for 7 months), New York City, Bethesda, Miami, and Los Angeles. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.    

Areas of Research Expertise:

Social Neuroscience


Social Cognition

Social Anxiety

Prosocial Behavior