Professor and Chair of Communications
Journalism Option Coordinator
Advisor, Society of Independent Student Journalists
Founding Mentor, George Marsh Applied Cognition Laboratory
LIB 5324-A/LIB 5328
Ph.D.: Psychology (Media Psychology), Fielding Graduate University
M.A.: Psychology (Media Psychology), Fielding Graduate University
M.A.: Communications (Journalism), California State University, Fullerton
B.A.: Communications (Journalism), California State University, Dominguez Hills
Dr. Cheever is a professor and chair of the Communications Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she teaches courses in journalism, media literacy, media psychology, and communication research practices. Dr. Cheever's research examines the ways in which new media and information technologies impact people's psychological health. She has published numerous empirical studies on such topics as wireless mobile device use and anxiety, technology’s contribution to sleep disorders, online dating, psychiatric disorders associated with modern technologies, multitasking in the digital age, and more. She is the co-editor of The Handbook of Psychology, Technology and Society (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), and the co-author of iDisorder: Understanding our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). She has been a featured guest on NPR's Crawford Family Forum; featured on the cover of The Daily Breeze newspaper; and has been a featured expert on the documentary Addicted to Sexting, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Fast Company, The Union Newspaper, and CBS News.
Dr. Cheever is a lifetime member of Kappa Tau Alpha, the Journalism and Mass Communications honors society, and is a founding mentor of the George Marsh Applied Cognition Laboratory, an interdisciplinary laboratory she runs with Psychology Professors Dr. L. Mark Carrier and Dr. Larry Rosen. Dr. Cheever worked as a journalist for nearly 20 years, holding positions such as magazine editor, entertainment editor, dining reviewer, features writer, reporter, and designer. She is the former editor of Orange Coast Magazine and former Lifestyle, Entertainment and Features editor at Times Community News, a division of the Los Angeles Times. In addition to her work at CSUDH, she is the president of a non-profit organization that helps homeless youth in Orange County, CA.