Dr. Nancy Cheever is interviewed by Anderson Cooper about her research on smartphone dependency. The 60 Minutes segment aired April 9, 2017. 

Nancy A. Cheever, Ph.D. is a Professor and Chair of the Communications Department at California State University Dominguez Hills. She is the recipient of the 2018 Presidential Outstanding Professor Award at CSUDH, where she teaches courses in media writing, research, theory and methods, media psychology, and reporting and information gathering. 

Dr. Cheever is a teacher, writer, researcher, speaker and consultant who specializes in media psychology, a burgeoning field that examines the media’s role in shaping individuals’ attitudes, opinions, behaviors, and identity formation. A former newspaper journalist and magazine editor, Dr. Cheever draws on her professional journalism experience to inform many of her varied research projects.

Dr. Cheever and her research have been featured in the media on such programs as 60 Minutes and Good Morning America, and in documentaries, magazines, newspapers and other media outlets. She is a senior partner at RCC Consulting Group, which provides workshops, talks, and training to parents, teachers and organizations on how to help children and adults cope with and understand new technologies and what they do to us on a psychological level.

She received her B.A. in Communications from California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she was awarded the Outstanding Journalism Graduate, her first M.A. (Communications) from California State University, Fullerton, where she won the Top Scholar Award from Kappa Tau Alpha, the national communications honor society; her second M.A. (Media Psychology) from Fielding Graduate University, and her Ph.D. in Media Psychology from Fielding Graduate University.

About Dr. Cheever

Dr. Cheever speaks at the 26th annual Communications Department banquet at the Reef Restaurant, Long Beach, CA (above),


Teaching, research, academic writing, writing for popular media, speaking, consulting, administration.




Dr. Cheever has been a professor and researcher since 2004. Before that she taught part time media courses while working as a print journalist. She has played classical piano since she was 6. 

"My colleagues and I are dedicated to unraveling the connection between media and technology use and people's thoughts, emotions and behaviors." -- Dr. Nancy Cheever


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