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. She is also a recipient of the CSU's 2018 Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award.
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 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.
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 and the 2018 Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award. She teaches Journalism, Media Literacy and Media Psychology courses.
Dr. Cheever's research on smartphone addiction has been featured on 60 Minutes, America Inside Out on the National Geographic Channel, the Netflix series' Follow This and Follow Me, and Good Morning America.
Dr. Cheever is an expert in media psychology, which examines the media’s role in shaping individuals’ attitudes, opinions, behaviors, and identity formation. Along with her colleagues at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Dr. Cheever has co-authored/edited three books, including The Handbook of Psychology, Technology and Society, and iDisorder: Understanding our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us.
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