Dr. Steven Ungerleider, an author of six books, completed his undergraduate studies in psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he also competed as a collegiate gymnast. He holds masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Oregon and is a licensed psychologist at Integrated Research Services, Incorporated in Eugene, Oregon.
Since 1984, he has served on the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry and has consulted with a number of international sport federations.
Ungerleider's books include: Beyond Strength (McGraw-Hill, 1991 with co-author Dr. Jacqueline Golding), Quest For Sucess (WRS/Spence Publications, 1994), Mental Training For Peak Performance (Rodale Press, 1996), which was named to the book of the month club selection for Men's Health Magazine.
In the early 1990s, Ungerleider was invited to join an international team of researchers to examine the East German doping files, monitor the criminal trials, and interview hundreds of witnesses for his fourth book, entitled: Faust's Gold: Inside the East German Doping Machine (St Martin's Press).
In December 2001, Faust's Gold was honored as top "sports book of the year" by Runner's World/Rodale Press. Ungerleider's work has been reviewed in Elle, Longevity, Outside, Runner's World, Allure, New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Herald, Dallas Morning News, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker Magazine, Sports Illustrated, the International Herald Tribune, People Magazine, Forbes Magazine, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and National Public Radio. Ungerleider's East German doping research is the subject of a one-hour documentary by the Canadian Film Company, as well as a one-hour special by ABC's 20/20, and NOS of Dutch television.
Prior to the 2006 Torino Winter Games, Ungerleider was appointed to the International Society for Olympic Historians (ISOH). He has served as a founding trustee of Global Sports Development (GSD) which encourages mentoring and fair play at all levels of sport. GSD is the sponsoring agency of the Culture, Education, Drug Free Sport, and Ethics (CESEP) program. Ungerleider has also served on the education and ethics committee of WADA; World Anti-Doping Agency and was recently appointed to the national advisory panel of the American Psychological Association.
In 2009, Ungerleider was asked to chair the new sports journalism and ethics advisory panel at The University of Texas. This program under the umbrella of the UT School of Communication will house the largest repository of sports research material including a major International Olympic collection, an East German doping collection, and all files related to the recent BALCO drug scandal. Ungerleider is presently working on a manuscript that will articulate many components of this unique collection.
Ungerleider is the proud father of two very accomplished daughters; one a physician, now doing her residency in internal medicine, and the youngest a lawyer/MBA practicing commercial law in San Francisco.