Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D. is an intimacy expert. Her research explores intimacy interrupted by infidelity, investigates beliefs about marriage, studies the relationship between hip hop and love, examines rappers’ intimate relationships with God, and considers the impact of boys' early childhood sexual violations on their adult intimacy. Dr. Utley’s expertise has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network and other radio, print, and online outlets.

As an associate professor of communication studies at California State University Long Beach she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric and interpersonal communication. She is also board chair and director of technology for Infidelity Counseling Network and creator of the online relationship game, Love Lines.


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