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L. Mark Carrier, Ph.D.

Dr. L. Mark Carrier, Ph.D.

Dr. Carrier is a three time Chairperson of the Psychology Department, a Professor of Psychology and a founding faculty member of the George Marsh Applied Cognition Laboratory. His research career began in 1988 with conducting experimental research in applied cognitive psychology and was solidified four years later as he earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Currently, his research interests revolve around applied cognition, psychology and technology, and cultural effects on thinking.

From 1994-1998, Dr. Carrier entered Florida State University where he served as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. Upon entering CSUDH in 1998, Dr. Carrier has taken on many roles and responsibilities as a faculty member of the Psychology Department. From 1999 to 2009, he served as a co-team leader for the American Psychological Association/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (APA/NIGMS) Minority Student Training Program in biomedical sciences. Over the course of his career, Dr. Carrier has taught numerous upper and lower division courses in General Studies Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Cultural Pluralism: Culture and Thought, Cognitive Psychology and Health Psychology.

For making a significant impact on the lives of his students as well as instilling a high degree of personal and academic integrity through his teaching and research, Dr. Carrier was nominated and a Top 10 Finalist for the 2011 National Society for Collegiate Scholars Integrity Award. For his unwavering focus on the success of his students and faculty, Dr. Carrier was honored with the California State University, Dominguez Hills 2011 Presidential Outstanding Professor Award.

Curriculum Vitae: [PDF]

Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D.

Dr. Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D.

Dr. Larry Rosen is Professor Emeritus and past chair of the psychology department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a research psychologist with specialties in multitasking, social networking, generational differences, parenting, child and adolescent development, and educational psychology, and is recognized as an international expert in the “Psychology of Technology.”

Over the past 30-plus years, Dr. Rosen and his colleagues have examined reactions to technology among more than 70,000 people in the United States and in 22 other countries. He has written 7 books including: (1) “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World” (MIT Press, 2016); (2) The Wiley Handbook of Psychology, Technology and Society (Wiley Blackwell, 2015); (3) iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); (4) Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); (5) Me, MySpace and I: Parenting the Net Generation (2007); (6) TechnoStress: Coping with Technology @Work @Home @Play (Wiley, 1997) and (7) The Mental Health Technology Bible (Wiley, 1997) and writes a technology column for the newspaper The National Psychologist and regular blogs for the magazine Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.

Dr. Rosen has been featured extensively in television, print, and radio media and has been a commentator on 60 Minutes, The Daily Show, Good Morning America, NPR, and CNN. He has been quoted in hundreds of magazines and newspapers including USA Today, New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. He maintains an extremely active research program and his most recent investigations include: (1) generational differences in technology use and multitasking, (2) the distracted mind from the dual perspectives of psychology and neuroscience, (3) the impact of technology on health and sleep, (4) integrating technology in education, and (5) the impact of task switching during studying and in the classroom.

Dr. Rosen has four children including one in the iGeneration, one in the Net Generation and two in Generation X and three grandchildren to watch growing up with technology. He lives in San Diego, California. For fun he creates works of “art” from a combination of old computer technology, clocks and early rock and roll music. In his free time he enjoys reading international intrigue novels, fiddling with the newest geek toy, horse racing (watching and betting, not participating), going to independent films, listening to rock music, reading the NYT, listening to Howard Stern, watching the news, traveling and drinking coffee.

Curriculum Vitae: [PDF]

Nancy A. Cheever, Ph.D.

Nancy A. Cheever, Ph.D. is a professor of Journalism and chair of the Communications Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she was recently awarded the 2018 Presidential Outstanding Professor Award. Dr. Cheever is a founding mentor of the George Marsh Applied Cognition Laboratory, and a media psychology researcher, consultant, and speaker. A former newspaper and magazine journalist and editor, 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’s research examines the effects of media and technology use and content on people’s psychological processes. Her research on smartphone addiction has been featured on the news programs 60 Minutes and Good Morning America, on the documentary series America Inside Out with Katie Couric on the National Geographic Channel, NPR’s Crawford Family Forum, the magazines Fast Company and Cosmopolitan and many other news outlets and documentaries.  

Dr. Cheever has co-authored three book chapters and three books, including The Handbook of Psychology, Technology and Society (Wiley/Blackwell); iDisorder: Understanding our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us (Palgrave/Macmillan); and Rewired: Understanding the Net Generation and How They Learn (Palgrave/Macmillan).

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.


Thomas J. Norman, Ph.D.

Thomas J. Norman, Ph.D.  is a professor of management at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).  He has 18 years of management experience gained at several Fortune 500 firms, including Procter & Gamble, Sun Microsystems and Wells Fargo.  He studied economics and government at Harvard and earned his doctoral degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Norman has published one book, two book chapters, a dozen articles and has contributed to three of the leading management textbooks in the United States.  He is member of the George Marsh Applied Cognition Lab and founder of the Organization Leadership Effectiveness Lab where he explores the intersection of globalization and technology with the world of work.

As the past Associate Dean and a Department Chair for the College of Business Administration and Public Policy at CSUDH, Dr. Norman continues to practice what he teaches.  He chaired the Faculty Affairs Committee for the California State University (CSU) system which is the largest 4-year public university system in the United States with 23 campuses.  Currently he is a Commissioner for the CSU Extended University and the Founding Chair of the Board of Directors for the CSUDH Innovation Incubator. 

In addition to his work in Los Angeles, Dr. Norman has lectured extensively over the past decade to Asian, European and African groups. Dr. Norman has a special interest in transitioning economies and adapting local workforces to new technologies.  He developed the DART model of human capital optimization for global organizations. You may follow him @thomasjnorman or email him at

Curriculum Vitae: [PDF]

Cheryl Wolcott, Ph.D.

Dr. Wolcott is a CSUDH alumna herself and earned her Ph.D. in Neuropsychology. In addition to consulting on lab projects and mentoring students, Dr. Wolcott is also the director of Pediatrics Research at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center located in Downey, California where she conducts research on hemispherectomies.

As a tenured faculty member of the Psychology Department, Dr. Wolcott has taught numerous upper and lower division courses in General Studies Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior, Behavior Modification, Psychopharmacology and Senior Seminar.


Aimee Miller M.A.

Aimee Miller obtained her B.A. in Psychology, as well as her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). She is currently a part-time instructor in the Department of Psychology at CSUDH. Her research interests include alcohol and substance-related disorders, the development and prevalence of delinquency and risk behaviors in adolescence and early adulthood, and the role of executive function in the regulation of risk behavior.

Aimee has been a member of the GMAC Lab since May 2012, where she has assisted with and directed multiple research studies. She conducted her Masters thesis on the individual risk factors that increase the likelihood of recruitment, trafficking, and victimization on the Internet. She is currently examining the effect of executive function on the development of Internet addiction. In addition, she has previously explored the effects of everyday multitasking and media use, the role of technology in sleep disruption, and online risk behaviors. Aimee is also a technician in the Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIR) Laboratory, where she currently assists with research assessing the differences in executive function between heavy and light technology users. She can be reached at

Curriculum Vitae: [PDF]


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