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 early childhood sexual violations on adults. 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 on intimacy, popular culture, and technology. She is an advisor for the dating app Queery, board chair and director of technology for Infidelity Counseling Network, and creator of the online relationship game, Love Lines.