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Dr Sophie Hodgetts

Non-Single Honours Programme Director

Non-Single Honours Programme Director in the Department of Psychology
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology+44 (0) 191 33 47702


I joined Durham University as an Assistant Professor in September 2022. Before this, I worked as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Sunderland, where I was also the programme leader for the BSc Clinical Psychology degree programme. I have previously worked as a Research Assistant and Trial Co-ordinator in the both the Institute of Neuroscience and the Academic Psychiatry Department at Newcastle University. 

I completed my PhD at Durham University in 2016, and since then have maintained an active research interest in the neuromodulatory properties of sex hormones (primarily estrogen and progesterone), with a particular focus on functional brain organisation and cognition. I also have an interest in how these factors can interact with social influences, within a psychobiosocial approach to understanding sex/gender differences in the brain, behaviour, and cognition.

I am keen for my research to have clinically-relevant applications, and as such, I often focus my studies on non-clinical models of psychiatric disorder (eg schizotypy/psychosis-proneness, mood induction). More recently, I became interested in mental illnesses that are directly affected by sex hormones (e.g., premenstrual dysphoric disorder), and have begun to develop a series of research projects alongside my collaborators at the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders. 

Since my Research Assistant and Trial Co-ordinator roles, I have continued my collaborations with the Specialist Adolescent Mood Disorders Service of the Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. At present, we are working to develop a new measure of daily functioning that is appropriate for young people that are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Research interests

  • Biopsychosocial study of sex/gender differences
  • Hemispheric asymmetries and interhemispheric interaction
  • Neuromodulatory properties of sex hormones
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Sex/gender sensitive psychiatry


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