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Dr. Stephen Sideroff

Stephen Sideroff, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Rheumatology at UCLA’s School of Medicine, as well as Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics.

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics distinguishes itself through research and dissemination of the foundational elements of a peaceful culture. In doing so, it develops ethical and moral imperatives that can be seen outside of the constituency’s perceptual bias. The Institute is committed to the promotion of a culture of peace and the ethical values of equality, justice, love, compassion, and mutual respect. Stephen has been the Director since 1990.

Stephen was Cofounder and Clinical Director of Moonview Treatment and Optimal Performance Center from 1998 to 2012. He helped develop the programs that became the foundation for Moonview, a unique treatment and optimal performance center. As Clinical Director, he integrated the skills and approaches of some of the most respected clinicians in the field to establish the Moonview Model. Currently, Stephen uses this approach in his work with executives which he calls, The Path.

In 2001, Stephen was invited to China for the first of his pioneering visits to bring biofeedback, neurofeedback, and his approach to behavioral medicine to the hospitals and universities of the People’s Republic of China. He was named Joint Director of China-US Biofeedback Training and served as the first Director of Continuing Education for the entire country from 2001 through 2005.

He presents seminars and professional training programs worldwide on resilience, optimal performance, addiction, and alternative approaches to stress and mental health. His trademarked innovative treatment approaches span a wide range of cutting-edge research in brain and behavior, including peak performance in sports, psychosomatic and behavioral medicine, optimal functioning and attention deficit disorder, and the use of neurofeedback in treating substance abuse and cancer.

He has conducted cutting-edge research in brain and behavior at UC Irvine, McGill University in Montreal, and UCLA. His published research using neurofeedback in substance abuse is a model for applying this innovative approach. He has helped establish such programs at Sierra Tucson Treatment Center and other addiction treatment facilities. He has applied a similar approach in research designed to alleviate cancer-related symptoms and cancer treatment.

He was the director of the UCLA certification course in addiction for over 30 years. Stephen helped establish the Gestalt Therapy clinic in Los Angeles and is also the founder and former Clinical Director of Stress Strategies, a hospital-based program addressing stress, burnout, and psychosomatic conditions at UCLA/Santa Monica hospital.

For over 40 years, Stephen has been passionate about studying and understanding resilience and optimal performance. He has developed and established innovative models of behavior and treatment approaches for restoring physical, emotional, and mental balance and effectiveness in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Stephen earned his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1971 and his Master’s Degree of Science in Psychology in 1970 from the University of Miami.

As a former college handball champion, Stephen specializes in the strategies of peak performance in sports and the science of optimal functioning in all areas of life. He is a member of an elite sports psychology association called The Mind Room, first established in conjunction with AC Milan soccer.

He has worked with a number of elite athletes, as well as teams, including the UCLA men’s basketball team, the Pepperdine men’s basketball team, the UCLA women’s golf team, the US Men’s National soccer team, and the Nike women’s beach volleyball team. He has translated his experience with athletes into innovative performance strategies with executives and others that he calls, The Path.

Stephen has written and produced a number of self-help audio programs aimed at helping individuals develop greater resilience including: “Stress Control with Biofeedback” (which has been translated into four languages and has sold over 50,000 copies), Journey into Sleep, Resilience, Peak Performance in Golf, and Resilient Living, in which he presents his new and innovative nine component model of resilience. His book, The Path: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success, takes readers on a journey of discovery, healing, and growth that has been referred to as a “true bible for living in balance and spirituality.”

Stephen was also featured in the 2018 Documentary The Cure. Healing the Mind, Healing the Body, along with Mark Wahlberg, Sharon Stone, and Debra Wilson.

Watch Resilience for Health and Longevity.

Listen to Optimize your performance and restore your resilience with Dr. Stephen Sideroff, Developing Resilience After 50, Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success at Resilience Unravelled, and Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success at Keto Kamp.

Read Recognizing and Dealing with Stress: A New Model of Resilience.

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