Dr. Steven Ugerleider giving a keynote speech in a black jacket and purple tie.

Dr. Steven Ungerleider

Dr. Ungerleider has consulted with elite athletes–as well as Olympians–from multiple disciplines.

Meet Dr. Steven Ungerleider

Dr. Steven Ungerleider is a keynote speaker, award-winning author, journalist, producer, and business consultant.

Dr. Ungerleider has been integral to not only the documentation of Olympic sports history, but also in the creation of countless organizations that ensure fair play in the Olympics.

He earned masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Oregon, a postdoc from the University of California, and is a licensed psychologist at Integrated Research Services, Incorporated in Eugene, Oregon.

Dr. Ungerleider uses his storied past and academic expertise to train others in The Psychology of Winning during his keynote speeches.


Trained as a clinician, Ungerleider returned to school in the early 1980’s to earn his post doctorate in evaluation research. He learned how to work with large archives, create a special story line, and soon discovered his love for research. It was then that he began writing and ultimately became the author of six books.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Having debuted in spring of 2019, At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal is a film which is sure to create waves. This documentary 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).

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