Dr. Underwood's graduate degrees are from The University of Texas - Austin: MA in Program Evaluation, and PhD with a double major in Learning / Cognition / Instruction and Counseling Psychology. She has worked at every level of education from Head Start through EdD and PhD programs. At Walden since 2013, Dr. Underwood has taught research methodology courses, mentored doctoral students through their capstone research as methodologist or content specialist, taught at required and advanced residencies, served as prospectus reviewer and University Research Reviewer (URR), led a multidisciplinary research team, and was subject matter expert for several curriculum development projects. Previously, she taught research methods/statistics at undergraduate through doctoral levels for over 12 years at four universities. In addition to her graduate faculty positions, Dr. Underwood was an Assistant Dean, Associate VP, and VP in research development, assessment, and institutional effectiveness. She has worked at community college, 4-year college, and university levels, and has been a school psychologist and a program evaluator for K-12 education and social service programs. Numerous presentations and publications, as well as several million dollars in successful grant proposals to foundations and state/federal agencies, reflect Dr. Underwood’s expertise. She was honored as a Fellow in the Academic Leadership Academy of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and has been nominated for faculty excellence and teaching awards. In 2019 and in 2020, Dr. Underwood received Walden University's Rita Turner Award as doctoral committee chair for the graduates who received the Frank Dilley Award for Outstanding Doctoral Study.