Sarah Hodge

Dr Sarah Hodge

  • Lecturer In Psychology
  • Poole House P330, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Lecturer 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 reserach 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)

External Responsibilities

  • British Psychology Society, Wessex Committee Member Dorset Hub Lead (2019-)

Internal Responsibilities

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

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • A workshop supporting parents with their children's technology use

Conference Presentations

  • 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

Consultancy Activities

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

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
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