The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Marion K. Underwood

Dean of Graduate Studies
Ashbel Smith Professor of Psychological Sciences
Associate Provost

Research Interests

Children’s anger and aggression, peer relations, digital communication, and developmental psychopathology.

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-2234
Office: FA_3.104
Campus Mail Code: FN31
Website: The Blackberry Project


Dr. Marion Underwood is one of the foremost researchers in the developmental origins and outcomes of social aggression and how adolescents’ digital communication relates to adjustment. Dr. Underwood’s work has been published in numerous scientific journals and her research program has been supported by the National Institutes of Health since 1995. In 2003, she authored a book, Social Aggression among Girls and, in 2015, she was featured in a CNN special called “#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens.” Since 2003, she and her research group have been conducting a longitudinal study of origins and outcomes of social aggression, and how adolescents use digital communication. Dr. Underwood received the 2001 Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, was granted a FIRST Award and a K02 Mid-Career Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, and is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Duke University in 1991.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications


Underwood, M.K. & Rosen, L.H. (2011). Social Development. NY: Guilford Press.

Underwood, M.K. (2003). Social Aggression among Girls. NY: Guilford Press.

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Underwood, M.K. & Ehrenreich, S.E. (2017). The power and the pain of adolescents’ digital communication: Cyber victimization and the perils of lurking. American Psychologist, 72, 144-158.

Brinkley, D.Y., Ackerman, R.A., Ehrenreich, S.E. & Underwood, M.K. (2017). Sending and Receiving Text Messages with Sexual Content: Relations with Early Sexual Activity and Borderline Personality Features in Late Adolescence. Computers in Human Behavior, 70, 119-130.

Ehrenreich, S.E., Beron, K.J., and Underwood, M.K. (2016). Social and physical aggression trajectories from childhood through late adolescence: Predictors of psychosocial maladjustment at age 18. Developmental Psychology, 52, 457-462.