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Lee Underwood, Psy.D.

Lee Underwood, Psy.D.

Regent University’s adjunct professors are rigorously selected so that they help students grow in knowledge and faith. These professors, who teach on a contractual basis, must be dedicated to Christ-centered teaching and learning; have a record of or potential for academic scholarship; possess the ability to teach undergraduate-level and/or graduate-level courses, and embrace Regent’s Identity and Mission statements and subscribe to a statement of Christian faith.


Dr. Lee Underwood is a professor in the School of Psychology & Counseling. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and children. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the second born of six children, and his parents stressed relationship within the context of ambition as the primary way to achieve passion.

Underwood’s quest to integrate relationship and passion continued through high school, college and graduate school. As a profession, he chose counseling with an emphasis in biblical counseling during his undergraduate studies. During college, he applied the values of relationship and passion serving as the first youth pastor for True Love Missionary Baptist church in Fort Wayne.

In his training at the graduate level in counseling and clinical psychology, Underwood directed much of his energy and passion toward research concerning serious mental health and antisocial behaviors in adolescents; violent and chronic juvenile offenders; sexually aggressive youth; youths presenting psychiatric emergencies; co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders of adolescents; maltreating families; screening and assessment of co-occurring disorders; suicide awareness and crisis response education; program design and evaluation of juvenile justice-involved youth; and the development of clinically effective treatments and protocols.

Underwood has written extensively on mental health needs of adolescents including residential care, screening and assessment, ethnic minority youth, co-occurring mental health and substance use, sexual aggression and trauma.


Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Wright State University M.A. Counseling and Family Services, Regent University B.S. Biblical Counseling, Fort Wayne Bible College Licensure/Certification: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professional Clinical Counselor


Johnson, T.L., Underwood, L.A., Dailey, L.L., Williams, C. and Crump, Y. (2018).Comparing social climate perceptions of staff and juveniles with sexual behavioural health problems. Mental Health and Human Resilience International Journal, vol 2, 1, 1-14.

Hoard, P., Underwood, L.A., Dailey, F.L., Williams, C., and Etienne, R. (2018). Preliminary results of social climate's impact on treatment progress of juveniles with sexual behaviour problems. Journal of Behavior, 2(3):104. 1-9.

Merino, C., Underwood, L.A., Dailey, F.L., Crump, Y., & Williams, C. (2018). The relationship between attachment, depression, and anxiety in juveniles with sexual behavior problems. Journal of Mental Disorders and Treatment, vol 4, 1, 1-9.

Washington, A., Underwood, L.A., Yarhouse, M., Crump, Y., Dailey, F., (2017). The impact of treatment for juveniles with sexual behaviour problems in reducing anxiety, depression and cognitive distortions. Submitted to the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, 19, 2, pgs 1-9.

Maynard, D., Newmeyer, M., Underwood, L.A. & Bernard, A. (2017). Brief interventions effective for drug using traumatically injured patients. Global Journal of Addiction Rehabilitation Medicine, 1, 5, May, pgs 1-9.

Merino, C., Underwood, L.A., Dailey, F.L., Williams, C., Crump, Y. & Washington, A. (2017). Attachment, etiological factors and levels of care in juveniles with sexual behavior problems. Accepted to the Journal of Psychology and Behavior Health Science.

Philip, S., Colburn, A., Underwood, L.A. and Bayne, H. (2017). A Phenomenological Study on International Students' Acculturation and Religious/Spiritual Experiences. Journal of College Counseling.

Salwen, E.D., Underwood, L.A., Dy-Liacco, G.S., Arveson, K.R. (2017). Self-Disclosure and spiritual well-being in pastors seeking psychological help. Pastoral Psychology. April 8, 2017 DOI: 10.1007/s11089-017-0757-1.

Washington, A. & Underwood, L.A. (2016). Structuring a self-regulated juvenile justice system to treat youth offenders. Annals of Forensic Research and Analysis, 3, 3: 1033, 1-5.

Johnson, H., Underwood, L.A., Baum. L. & Newmeyer, M. (2016). Differences in risk scores among intrafamilial and extrafamilial sexual offenders. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, 18, 2, 742-751.

Dailey, F.L., Underwood, Crump, Y., Merino, C. & Washington, A. (2016). Reductions in referrals and recidivism of juveniles with sexual behavior problems in Louisiana's secure care programs. Jacob's Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2, 2: 014, 1-12.

Karakosta, O., Underwood, L.A., Williams, C., Todd, S., Dailey, F.L., Merino, C., Fairchild, B., Williams, E., Crump, Y., & Wood, S. (2016). Reducing cognitive distortions in a sample of juveniles with sexual behavior problems World Journal of Behavioral Science, 2, 1-11.

Dailey, L.L., Underwood, L.A., Crump, Y., Williams, C., Newmeyer, M., Poole, L, and Washburn, D., (2016). Treatment effectiveness of the Louisiana sexual behavior problems treatment program. International Journal of Psychology & Psychoanalyses, 2, 2, 2-8.

Underwood, L.A., Dailey, F.L., & Barras, L.O. (2016.). Developmental considerations in juvenile justice involved adolescents. Book Chapter in Juvenile Delinquency: Causes, Control and Consequences, Editor Bonnie Nelson. Nova Publications.

Dailey, F.L., Underwood, L.A. & Hourihan, T. (2016.). Social, cultural and interpersonal issues with justice involved adolescents. Book Chapter in Juvenile Delinquency: Causes, Control and Consequences, Editor Bonnie Nelson. Nova Publications.

Underwood, L.A., & Dailey, F.L. (2016). Adolescents in Conflict: Understanding the Backstory. Raleigh, NC: Taylor Made Publishing.

Underwood, L.A., & Washington, A. (2016). Mental illness and juvenile offenders. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13, 228, 1-14.

Underwood, L.A. & Dailey, F.L. (2016). Counseling adolescents competently. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers.

Gerhard-Burnham, B., Underwood, L.A., Speck, K., Williams, C., Crump, Y & Merino, C. (2016). The lived experience of the adolescent sex offender: A phenomenological case study. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 2, 3, 93-109.


American Psychological Association (APA)
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Association of Counselor Education & Supervision (ACES)
Southern Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (SACES)
American Correctional Association (ACA)
Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
National Adolescent Perpetration Network (NAPN)
National Commission of Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)