Prof. Dr. Britta Renner


Britta Renner has held the Chair of Psychological Diagnostics and Health Psychology at the University of Konstanz since 2007. She studied psychology in Berlin and Landau; doctorate at the FU Berlin (2000). Since 2022 she is part of the Extended Directorate of the Centre for Human | Data | Society. Furthermore, Prof. Renner is Vice President of the German Nutrition Society (DGE), Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for Agricultural Policy, Nutrition and Consumer Health Protection (WBAE) at the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and member of the Board of Directors of the Cluster of Excellence EXC 2117 "Collective Behaviour". Since 2023 she is member of the German committee for sustainability research (DKN), an advisory board mandated by the DFG Executive Committee. A long-standing focus of her research is the study of psychological determinants of health behaviour with a focus on dietary behaviour and the development of mobile interventions for behaviour change. She also leads projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the EU (DEDIPAC; SMARTACT; EATMOTIVE). As part of the Cluster of Excellence EXC 2117 "Collective Behaviour", she is leading the research project "Collective Appetite". Another topic her research deals with is subjective risk assessment, risk communication and health behaviour. With her research she aims to improve health behaviours using mobile technologies.

Research-related publications

  • Villinger K, Wahl DR, Debbeler LJ, Koller JE, Brünecke I, Lages NC, Schupp HT, Renner, B (2022) Using Ecological Momentary Assessment to study variations in daily experiences and behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic. European Health Psychologist 22(4).
  • Debbeler LJ, Schupp HT & Renner B (2021) Pessimistic health and optimistic wealth distributions perceptions in Germany and the UK: Evidence from an online-survey. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 1306.
  • Giese H, Gamp M, Stok FM, Gaissmaier W, Schupp HT, & Renner B (2021) Contagious Health Risk and Precautionary Social Distancing. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 685134.
  • Villinger K*, Wahl DR*, Boeing H, Schupp HT, Renner B (2019). The effectiveness of app-based mobile interventions on nutrition behaviours and nutrition-related health outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obes Rev, 1-20. *both authors contributed equally
  • König LM, Renner B (2019). Boosting healthy food choices by meal colour variety: Results from two experiments and a just-in-time Ecological Momentary Intervention. BMC Public Health, 19, 975.
  • Stok FM, Hoffmann S, Volkert D, Boeing H, et al. & Renner B (2017) The DONE framework: Creation, evaluation, and updating of an interdisciplinary, dynamic framework 2.0 of determinants of nutrition and eating. PLoS One 12(2):e0171077.
  • Wahl D, Villinger K, König L, Ziesmer K, Schupp H, Renner B (2017) Healthy food choices are happy food choices: Evidence from a real life sample using smartphone based assessments. Sci Rep 7:17069.
  • Sproesser G, Schupp HT, Renner B (2014) The bright side of stress induced eating: Eating more when stressed but less when pleased. Psychol Sci 25:58-65.
  • Renner B, Hankonen N, Ghisletta P, Absetz P (2012) Dynamic psychological and behavioral changes in the adoption and maintenance of exercise. Health Psychol 31:306-15.
  • Renner B, Sproesser G, Strohbach S, Schupp HT (2012) Why we eat what we eat: The Eating Motivation Survey (TEMS). Appetite 59:117-28.
  • Renner B (2004) Biased reasoning: Adaptive responses to health risk feedback. Personal Soc Psychol Bull 30: 384-96.