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Brett N. Steenbarger, Ph.D. has been actively involved in the financial markets since the late 1970s.  He has served as Director of Trader Development for Kingstree Trading, LLC in Chicago and currently consults with traders in a number of professional trading organizations.  He is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  A clinical psychologist and active trader, writer, and researcher for the past 20 years, Brett is the author of Enhancing Trader Performance (Wiley, 2006); The Psychology of Trading (Wiley; 2003); and numerous articles on trading psychology for print and online financial publications.  His book chapters on brief psychotherapy can be found in such reference works as The Psychologist's Desk Reference (Oxford University Press, 1998), Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy (Academic Press, 2002), Clinical Strategies for Becoming a Master Psychotherapist (Academic Press, 2006), and the forthcoming editions of Kaplan & Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry and The Handbook of Clinical Psychology.  His coedited book, The Art and Science of the Brief Psychotherapies (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2004), has been selected as a core training text for psychiatry residency programs.

In July, 2004, Dr. Steenbarger stepped down from his medical school faculty position and began intensive work with professional traders at Kingstree Trading, where he also coordinated their training program for new traders.  In 2006, he moved his work with traders to a part-time basis in order to pursue modeling research, his own trading, and the writing of his book on trader performance.  Drawing upon an intensive research program that began in 1998, he has created a number of unique measures of market trend, momentum, and institutional activity designed to aid short-term traders.  These measures--and the trading strategies derived from them--have been chronicled daily in the Trading Psychology Weblog and the TraderFeed blog.  Most recently, he has served as a presenter in a number of training events sponsored by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and other futures exchanges.

Dr. Steenbarger resides in Naperville, IL with his wife of 22 years, Margie, and their two children, Devon and Macrae (shown above on a trip near the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and below in Vermont).  He grew up in Canton, Ohio, receiving his B.S. from Duke University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1982.  Dr. Steenbarger limits his practice to traders in hedge fund, investment bank, and proprietary trading group settings, but welcomes questions and comments at