Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Brett is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and a trading coach to financial firms, including hedge funds, investment banks, proprietary trading firms, and asset managers.  He graduated from Duke University in 1976 and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1982.

After years of student counseling experience at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, Brett found that the evidence-based brief therapy methods used for helping high performing students significantly benefited traders in financial markets.  This led to the first of his four books in trading psychology, the TraderFeed blog, and a full-time career working at such settings as Kingstree Trading in Chicago and Tudor Investment Corp. in Greenwich, CT.  

Brett has also co-edited three editions of a textbook on research-supported approaches to brief therapy and written over 50 peer reviewed academic papers and book chapters in the field. For the past three years, he has also written columns on performance psychology for Forbes online.

Brett's coaching work is with trading organizations only, not individual traders, but he can be reached for questions at STEENBAB AT AOL DOT COM.  Brett is also active on Twitter and Stock Twits (@steenbab).

Brett's most recent project is a book on life coaching that integrates evidence-based psychology and traditional spiritual and religious concepts and practices.  He lives in New Canaan, CT with Margie, wife and soulmate for 34 years, and three loving rescue cats.  They enjoy travel, especially to spend noisy and fun time with their five children and six grandchildren.