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Larry D. Rosen Ph.D.


Dr. Larry Rosen is Past Chair and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a research psychologist with specialties in multitasking, technology use, generational differences, parenting, child and adolescent development, business psychology, and is recognized as an international expert in the "Psychology of Technology." Over the past 35-plus years, Dr. Rosen and his colleagues have examined reactions to technology among more than 80,000 people in the United States and in 22 other countries. He has written seven books on the topic of the impact of technology. His most recent book, The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World, co-authored with Adam Gazzaley, MD, Ph.D., looks at why we all get so easily distracted from both the neuroscience and psychology perspectives. The Distracted Mind (MIT Press) was published in October 2016. His other books include: Psychology, Technology and Society (Wiley, 2015), iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Me, MySpace and I: Parenting the Net Generation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), TechnoStress: Coping with Technology @Work @Home @Play (Wiley, 1998), and The Mental Health Technology Bible (Wiley, 1997), many articles for professional journals, writes a technology column for the newspaper The National Psychologist and blogs for both Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.

Dr. Rosen is sought after for his expertise and has given keynote speeches to Fortune 500 companies in the United States and to audiences in Scotland, India, Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Spain, Hungary, and Slovakia among many other countries. He has lent his expertise to numerous groups including: (1) Children and Screens Advisory Board, (2) Psychology of Technology Institute Board Member, (3) the national advisory board for Pearson Education (one of the largest developers of curriculum materials), (4) the Internet Safety Technical Task Force Research Advisory Board (for the Berkman Center at Harvard University), and (5) the National Effective Parenting Initiative Advisory Board. He provides workshops for educational institutions and parent groups on technology in education and at home. For his research, teaching and university service, he has been honored twice as one of the Outstanding Professors in the California State University system.

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, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, 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. Even in retirement he maintains an extremely active research program and his investigations include: (1) smartphone usage by millennials and teens across the last 5 years, (2) predictive models of the impact of technology use on academic performance, sleep quality and psychological issues, and (3) understanding the use of smartphones prior to and during the global pandemic.

Dr. Rosen received his B.A. in Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude) from UCLA where he was honored as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego and resides in San Diego, California. He is a Baby Boomer and has raised four children, two Gen Xers and one Net Generation young adult, and one iGeneration young adult as well as five young grandchildren and has learned firsthand that the generations truly are different in their lifestyles, attitudes, and use of technology.

Dr. Rosen is reachable at LROSEN@CSUDH.EDU, which he capitalizes because the lowercase version looks too much like 1rosen. He is a geek and always answers his e-mail immediately. In his spare time, he enjoys creating works of art from old technologies and rock-n-roll records, indie movies, film festivals, making gingerbread houses with his family and any and all theater. His website is

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