Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D. is an interpersonal communication expert. Her research explores how individuals talk about faith, love, marriage, intimacy, infidelity, and the impact of early childhood sexual violations on adult romantic relationships. In addition to lecturing at universities across the United States, Dr. Utley’s expertise has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network as well as other national and international radio, print, and online outlets.

Dr. Utley applies her research to technology product development for social impact. She created an online relationship game and served as board chair and director of technology for Infidelity Counseling Network. She currently consults for the relationship app StayGo and has advised several intimacy technologies. Dr. Utley is the Associate Director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University Long Beach where she is a Professor of communication and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on intimacy, popular culture, and technology.


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