Trained as a clinician, Ungerleider went back for a post doctorate in evaluation research in the early 1980’s. This led to his love of research and understanding how to work with large archives and create a special story line. Ultimately this passion led to his writing of six books, including Faust’s Gold which received significant international attention and accolades.
- Ungerleider holds a gold ring for his Southwest Championship gymnastics team while at the University of Texas, Austin, 1967-1970.
- Ungerleider holds masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Oregon, and a post doc from University of California and was admitted to the Board of Examiners for the state of Oregon to practice clinical psychology, 1978.
- Ungerleider was honored as a fellow of the Western Psych Association and is a member and fellow of the American Association of Sports Psychologists, 1983.
- Dr. Steven Ungerleider was appointed to the US Olympic committee sports psychology registry in 1984, he was appointed to the educational and ethics committee of the World Anti-doping Agency, and has served as an advisor to the American Psychological Association.
Since 1984, Dr. Ungerleider has served on the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry and has consulted with a number of international sport federations.
- Ungerleider is founding trustee and executive board member of Global Sports Development, 1990.
- Ungerleider along with colleague David Ulich successfully arbitrated the case of Rick DeMont and were successful in recovering his gold medal from a faulty drug test, 1996.
- Ungerleider was awarded a gold ring in honor of his work as team psychologist for the PAC-10 in 1999-2000.
- He also serves on the Anti-Defamation League and is a consultant to ChildHelp, Inc for the prevention of child abuse nationally, 2000.
- Ungerleider is a consultant to the International Olympic Committees’ cultural commission and the Youth Olympic Games, 2000-2014.
- His best selling book Faust’s Gold (st martens press) was translated into 7 languages and made into three films including a PBS documentary known as "Secrets of the Dead" which was nominated for an Emmy, 2001.
In December, 2001, Faust's Gold was honored as top sports book of the year by "Runner's World", and was a featured story in "The New Yorker" and reviewed in the Sunday "New York Times Review of Books."
- Ungerleider gifted his East German papers from his book and the Berlin doping trials to the University of Texas. Two years later, Ungerleider was successful in obtaining the files from the Barry Bonds federal grand jury case (known as Balco) and most recently negotiated the acquisition of the Richard W Pound archive, the largest Olympic archive over the past 50 years available to scholars, 2003-2010.
- He was appointed to the International Society of Olympic Historians in 2006 and in Beijing (2008) was named the American attaché to the ISOH.
- He co-founded the Texas Program in Sports and Media, and was asked to serve as a trustee of the Harry Ransom Center, 2007.
- He lectures frequently around the world on anti-doping, prevention and intervention strategies, and most recently served as a mediation specialist in the Lance Armstrong Doping case, December 14, 2011.
- Ungerleider recently attended his 13th Olympiad, participated in pre-Olympic Symposia, and was part of the medal ceremony for the GSD humanitarian award, 2014.