Sarah Hodge

Dr Sarah Hodge

  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
  • Poole House P110, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Teach and research in Psychology and Cyberpsychology.

My academic background is in psychology. BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MSc Psychology of Education. My PhD research explored morality in video games and virtual worlds. I have research experience working in primary and secondary schools. My research interests continue to explore morality in real life and virtual contexts and support young people and children with technology. I have projects exploring gaming with morality, gambling, and gender.


My PhD investigated morality in video in games and virtual worlds: Hodge, S. E. (2018). Press trigger for morality: an exploration into the role of moral development, moral decision-making and video game play (Doctoral dissertation, Bournemouth University).

Journal Articles




Internet Publications


  • Hodge, S., 2018. Press trigger for morality: an exploration into the role of moral development, moral decision-making and video game play. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology.




Profile of Teaching UG

  • Psychology of Social Media and Video Games #PSMVG
  • Developmental & Applied Psychology
  • Human-Computer-Interaction
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Educational Psychology & Special Educational Needs (SEN)


  • Safer Kids (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council, 01 Jul 2021). In Progress
  • Picturing and voicing responsible online gambling (Economic and Social Research Council, 11 Sep 2020). Completed
  • Mindful Resilience (Playtech and YGAM, 01 May 2020). Awarded
  • Community Development Managers (CDM, YGAM student role) (YGAM, 15 Sep 2019). Completed
  • Understanding the psychological demands of a purpose-made video game on moral decision making, (ACORN, 18 Jun 2018). In Progress
  • Developing a purpose-made game to measure moral decisions (Bournemouth University, 02 May 2016). Completed
  • Morality and video games (Bournemouth University, UK, 15 Sep 2014). Completed

External Responsibilities

Internal Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader (BSc) Psychology, Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Science and Technology Faculty and Psychology department Athena Swan representative, Athena Swan

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Second Wave? Developing strategies for psychological and physical well-being in the pandemic. (15 Oct 2020)
  • Pint of Science (01 Jan 2017)
  • Children, Adolescents and Technology

Conference Presentations

  • Moral Media, Exploring the role of virtual harm behaviour in a purpose made game from moral scenarios, 29 Apr 2022, UC Davis
  • British Psychology Society Cyberpsychology section, Working in interdisciplinary teams the future of Cyberpsychology? Developing a purpose-made game for research and teaching, 06 Jul 2021, Virtual
  • British Psychology Society Cyberpsychology Conference, Workshop: Applying Cyberpsychology research to support children and young people with their technology use, 06 Jul 2021, Virtual
  • Society for Personality & Social Psychology, Press trigger: Measuring morality in video games, 09 Feb 2021, Virtual
  • Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA-UK), Supporting virtual heritage experiences with Cyberpsychology, 05 Oct 2019, Bournemouth University
  • BPS Wessex Conference, Keynote: Using purpose made games as a tool for cyberpsychology research and teaching, 04 Jul 2019, Winchester
  • Young People In The 21st Century: What have we learned? Where do we go from here?, The psychological implications of technology use for children and adolescents, 16 Mar 2019, Canford School
  • Realigning Cyber Security Education, Incorporating Psychology into Cyber Security Education: Key Areas and Pedagogical Approaches, 27 Nov 2017, Canberra
  • 22nd Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference (CYPSY22), Creating and testing a purpose made video game to measure moral decisions, 26 Jun 2017, Wolverhampton

Consultancy Activities

  • How gaming & gambling affect student life, Research report: Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust

Social Media Links

External Media and Press

Broadcast Interview

  • Third Degree, The 3rd Degree which is a radio show like no other, in which three Undergraduate students compete against three members of staff in a battle of the wits. Hosted by Steve Punt, who you might recognise from The Now Show and Horrible Histories, and produced by David Tyler for Pozzitive Television (whose various credits include Victoria Wood's "dinnerladies", BBC Radio 4's "Cabin Pressure", "Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive", and the shows of Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Hardy, and Milton Jones. Representing the Psychology department was our second year Ben Tredinnick on the student team competing against Dr Sarah Hodge on the staff team.
  • Wave 105, Moral development and video game play
  • BBC Radio 5 Live, Can video gaming really give kids a moral compass, Brett, S, 05 Feb 2019