Dr. Ronald Ruden is the creator of The Havening Techniques. Over the last three decades he has translated the recent advances in neuroscience into new methods of healing. In his first book, 'The Craving Brain' (1997), he explores the science behind addictive behaviors and proposes a way to inhibit relapse and to treat the symptoms arising from sobriety. It is a model that requires the individual to play an active role in maintaining abstinence.
In his second book, 'When the Past is Always Present' (2010), he offers The Havening Techniques, methods which use sensory input (touch) intended to eliminate the consequences arising from stressful or traumatic events. Thus, he defines The Havening Techniques as a psychosensory approach. Dr. Ruden began his research career at Northwestern where he obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the age of 24. He then went to Harvard in 1971 where he trained with Noble laureate E.J. Corey. After an assistant professorship at Rutgers he attended medical school and graduated from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Following internship and residency in internal medicine Dr. Ruden obtained training in clinical nutrition at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. During his tenure there, the American Cancer Society honored him for organizing the symposium, Nutrition and Cancer, What We Know So Far. In 1983 he began a private practice in medicine and maintained his love for research. He continues to explore ways to use neuroscience to treat illness.