Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences - Department of Psychology

Dr. Renata Wacker

Dr. Renata Wacker
research assistant
renata.wacker (at)

Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Psychologie → Klinische Psychologie Sozialer Interaktion
Visiting address
Rudower Chaussee 18 , Room 419
Phone number
(030) 2093-89776
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

For more information, see:



since 10/2020
Postdoctoral Researcher, Clinical Psychology of Social Interaction Group, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
since 2019
Psychological Psychotherapist (in training), Institut für Psychoanalyse, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik Berlin
2019 – 2020
Visiting Researcher, Outpatient Clinic for Social Interaction, Outpatient Department of Psychotherapy and Psychodiagnosis, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2018 – 2020
Researcher and Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, German Heart Center Berlin
2013 – 2018
Doctoral Candidate (PhD Scholarship, German National Academic Foundation), Social Cognition Group, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2016 – 2017
Lecturer in individual differences and personality psychology, Medical School Berlin
2012 – 2013
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Education and Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
Lecturer in Psychology, SRH University Berlin
M.Sc. Psychology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum


Research interests

I am a clinical and social psychologist with a research focus on the abilities to understand as well as communicate mental states in relation to social functioning. I am interested in evidence-based psychodynamic perspectives on mental health, integrative psychotherapeutic strategies and transdiagnostic interventions for patients with social interaction difficulties. At the Outpatient Clinic for Social Interaction, I am currently developing and evaluating a new transdiagnostic group therapy approach that integrates transference processes with cognitive-behavioral strategies to target interpersonal difficulties in patients on the autistic spectrum, with social anxiety, or chronic depression.



  • Kugler, C., Spielmann, H., Seemann, M., Lauenroth, V., Wacker, R., Albert, W., Spitz-Koeberich, C., Semmig-Koenze, S., von Cube, M., & Tigges-Limmer, K. (2021). Self- management for patients on ventricular assist device support: a national, multicentre study: protocol for a 3-phase study. BMJ Open, 11:e044374. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2020-044374
  • Wacker R (2018). Minds meeting through mindreading and mindspeaking: The role of social-cognitive abilities in interpersonal functioning in typically developing adults and adults with pathological fear of social evaluation (Doctoral dissertation). Freie Universität Berlin.
  • Wacker, R., Bölte, S., & Dziobek, I. (2017). Women know better what other women think and feel: Gender effects on mindreading across the adult life span. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1324.
  • Wacker, R., & Dziobek, I. (2016, December 15). Preventing Empathic Distress and Social Stressors at Work Through Nonviolent Communication Training: A Field Study With Health Professionals. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Advance online publication.
  • Buhlmann, U., Wacker, R., Dziobek, I., (2015). Inferring other people's states of mind: Comparison across social anxiety, body dysmorphic, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 34, 107-113.