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Lee A. Underwood Regent University, USA

Lee A Underwood, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in several states and certified sex offender treatment provider and is affiliated with Regent University School of Psychology and Counseling and Youth Development Institute (YDI).  He has 30 years of experience counseling adolescents and has published over 50 professional articles in refereed journals, 20 scholarly activities including monographs, technical reports and training manuals and has authored a supplemental text book on Adolescents in Conflict. His written work has focused on juvenile sex offending, adolescent mental health and substance use, trauma needs of females, forensic and cultural needs of persons involved in the juvenile justice and mental health systems, as means of distributing the findings of his research. He has served as an executive clinical officer for several large residential treatment, juvenile justice and criminal justice programs for adolescents and adults. Dr. Underwood is a renowned specialist in the area of juvenile sex offender formation.  As Director of the Center for Addictions and Offender Research operated by Regent University, he and his research team are responsible for some of the cutting edge research taking place. Dr. Underwood has been recognized by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) as one of the leading program innovators for juvenile justice and community treatment programs. Dr. Underwood has held a number of policy oriented research, academic, clinical and consulting positions over his career with federal, state and private agencies for research, program design, development, implementation and evaluation of services.


Dr. Underwood performs training activities, develops treatment curricula, designs programs and performs program evaluations for private and public organizations throughout the country.  He consults with the Federal Department of Justice’s civil rights division regarding fair and equitable treatment for adolescents in systems of care. He served as a Senior Consultant with the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, an affiliate of Policy Research Associates. Dr. Underwood has provided support to the forensic psychology program at Argosy University, served as an affiliate faculty for Louisiana State University Health Science Center and visiting lecturer with Rutgers University Criminal Justice program. Dr. Underwood serves on the editorial board of The Juvenile Mental Health Report and The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy. His research interests are geared toward questions of clinical significance for professionals in Counseling. Out of these interests, he writes this book.