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About Dr. Steven Ungerleider

Dr. Steven Ungerleider, an author of six books, completed his undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, where he also competed as a collegiate gymnast.

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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.

Dr. Ungerleider holds masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Oregon, a post doc from the University of California, and is a licensed psychologist at Integrated Research Services, Incorporated in Eugene, Oregon.

In the early 1990's, 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).

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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'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.  Ungerleider's work and his GDR archives were the subject of a PBS documentary entitled, "Doping for Gold," which was nominated for an Emmy award.

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 recenly appointed to the national advisory panel of the American Psychological Association.

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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.

In 2009, Ungerleider was a co-founder of the Texas Program in Sports and Media (TPSM) at the University of Texas, Austin. 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 practicing internal medicine as a hospitalist in San Francisco, and the youngest a lawyer/MBA practicing commercial law in San Francisco.

In 2015 Dr. Ungerleider and his colleague David Ulich founded Sidewinder Films. The production company is the media arm of The Foundation for Global Sports Development, a non-profit organization that delivers and supports initiatives that promote fair play, education, and the physical and developmental benefits of sports for youth around the world. In its short time, Sidewinder Films has already produced and contributed to several award-winning documentaries. Its first film, Munich '72 and Beyond, won Best Documentary at the LA Shorts Fest in 2016. For his groundbreaking work and uncovering shocking new information about the attack at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Dr. Ungerleider was nominated for an Emmy in the "Outstanding Research" category. End Game and Extremis are two documentary shorts which delve into the delicate topic of life and death. Dr. Ungerleider executive produced both films, which both received "Best Documentary" nominations at the Oscars.

Debuting in spring of 2019 is At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, a film which is sure to create waves. This documentary, set to air on HBO on May 3, 2019, gives voice to the survivors who experienced abuses by former Olympic gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. With detailed archival footage and first-person interviews, the film "serves as an indictment of the systematic consumption of the labor of young women for the benefit of powerful adults and a corrupt institution" (Tribeca Film Festival). The film will make its debut at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019.

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