Nancy A. Cheever, Ph.D. is a Professor and Chairperson in the Communications Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she was awarded the 2018 Presidential Outstanding Professor Award. She is a media psychology researcher, consultant, and speaker and a former newspaper and magazine journalist and editor whose research on smartphone addiction has been featured on 60 Minutes, America Inside Out on the National Geographic Channel, the Netflix series Follow This and Good Morning America. She has written hundreds of popular media and academic research articles, and holds a top scholar award from Kappa Tau Alpha, the communications honors society. 



Dr. Cheever and journalist Katie Couric during the "America Inside Out" shoot at CSUDH. The episode airs on NatGeo April 25, 2018.

60 Minutes features Dr. Nancy Cheever and her study on smartphones and anxiety

60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper visits CSUDH to interview Dr. Cheever and learns what happens when he cannot check his phone after a text message.

Along with her colleagues at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Dr. Cheever has co-authored/edited three books, including The Handbook of Psychology, Technology and Sociey, and iDisorder: Understanding our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us.


"Although my work involves sitting in front of a computer most of the time, I gain a great sense of peace and inspiration from being in the natural world and away from technology!" --Dr. Nancy Cheever

The Handbook of Psychology, Technology and Society
This comprehensive anthology, edited and partly written by Dr. Cheever and her colleagues Dr. Larry Rosen and Dr. Mark Carrier, includes research from top scholars in the field of media psychology. Available now.

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Dr. Nancy Cheever

Good Morning America piece highlights Dr. Nancy Cheever's study on smartphones and physiological arousal

GMA correspondent TJ Holmes visits CSUDH to interview Dr. Cheever and learns what happens when he and two teen girls cannot check their smartphones.

Dr. Cheever is available for talks, interviews, workshops, research, training and other media psychology-related work.