UCLA DomStat

Dennis Ruenger

Principal Statistician, Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research


PhD Cognitive Psych., Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, 2008
MA Psychology, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, 2002


E-mail: druenger@mednet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 267-5502


After completing his doctorate in cognitive psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, Dr. Ruenger held postdoctoral appointments at UC Santa Barbara and USC where he investigated the cognitive and neural mechanisms of habit formation. He then conducted research with high-risk transgender women and substance-using men who have sex with men at Friends Research Institute, Los Angeles, before joining DOMStat in the summer of 2019.


Google Scholar Profile

Selected Manuscripts

Wood, W., & Rünger, D. (2016). Psychology of habit. Annual Review of Psychology, 67, 289-314.

Reback, C. J., & Rünger, D. (2019). Technology use to facilitate health care among young adult transgender women living with HIV. AIDS Care, 1-8.

Rünger, D., & Frensch, P. A. (2008). How incidental sequence learning creates reportable knowledge: The role of unexpected events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 34(5), 1011.