I define cyberlife engagement as an individual’s use of, presence in, and interaction with cyberspace, including the use of the Internet, social networking sites, e-mail, mobile texting, and virtual Internet-based communities (Bodford, 2017; Kwan & Bodford, 2015). My primary interests reside in digital culture, exploring the extent to which online stimuli relate to our thoughts and behaviors in the offline world through:

  1. Process: The dynamic interplay between cyber- and physical life engagement (Bodford & Kwan, 2017; Bodford, dissertation);
  2. Outcome: The psychological consequences of maladaptive or harmful cyberlife engagement (Bodford, 2017; Bodford, Kwan, & Sobota, 2017); and
  3. Policy: The allotment of attention and resources to threats and disasters in cyberspace (Bodford & Kwan, 2017).


peer-reviewed publications

* signifies a student under my supervision

Bodford, J. E. (2017). Blurring safety between online and offline worlds: Archival, correlational, and experimental evidence of generalized threat in the digital age [Dissertation]. Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University.

Bodford, J. E. & Kwan, V. S. Y. (2017, in press). A Game theoretical approach to hacktivism: Is Attack likelihood a product of risks and payoffs? Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking: Special Issue on Cybercrime.

Bodford, J. E., Kwan, V. S. Y., & Sobota, D. S.* (2017, in press). Fatal attractions: Attachment to cell phones predicts dangerous and socially inappropriate multitasking behaviors. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

Bodford, J. E. (2017, in press). Loneliness in the digital age. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Bodford, J. E. & Kwan, V. S. Y. (under review). Casting a broader net: The Impact of digital communication on divorce and happiness. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Bodford, J. E. & Kwan, V. S. Y. (under review). Out of sight, out of mind: The Impact of neuroticism on Facebook stalking, break-up recovery, and well-being. Computers in Human Behavior.

Herrmann, S. D., Adelman, R. M., Bodford, J. E., Graudejus, O., Okun, M. A., & Kwan, V. S. Y. (2016). The Effects of a female role model on academic performance and persistence of students enrolled in STEM courses. Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

Adelman, R. M., Herrmann, S. D., Bodford, J. E., Graudejus, O., Okun, M. A., & Kwan, V. S. Y. (2016). Feeling closer to the future self and doing better: Temporal psychological mechanisms underlying academic performance. Journal of Personality.

Kwan, V. S. Y. & Bodford, J. E. (2015). The Psychological impacts of cyberlife engagement. R. A. Scott & S. M. Kosslyn (Eds.) Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA: Wiley Publications.

Bodford, J. E. (2014). Evidencia del hiperdialectalismo castellano por medio del Çid. Kennesaw Tower, 6. Retrieved from https://commons.kennesaw.edu/kennesawtower/node/108

Bodford, J. E. & Hussong, A. M. (2013). Moderators of the relationship between religiosity and alcohol use in college students. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 41(1), 78-93. 

Other Selected Publications

Bodford, J. E. & Kenrick, D. T. (2015, March). Science and the online dating profile: Using evidence to connect electronically. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/node/1072451

Bodford, J. E. & Kenrick, D. T. (2014, April). 7 ways Facebook is bad for your mental health: How staying in touch may be driving you nuts. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/node/148186

Bodford, J. E. & Kenrick, D. T. (2014, February). Can a digital photo erase your memories? Why you should use the zoom feature on your iPhone. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/ node/145174

SouthLight, Inc. (2011). SouthLight, Life Without Addiction: Year-End Statistical Report (Pub. No. 42-0164). Raleigh, NC: Bodford, J. E.

Press Releases

Wendland, M. (2015, May). PC Mike Episode 20: When tech turns! Why I cancelled my Apple Watch, how Facebook hurts. PC Mike Podcast. Podcast interview retrieved from http://pcmike.com/pcm20-when-tech-turns-why-i-cancelled-my-apple-watch-how-facebook-hurts

Wardarski, J. (2014). The Viral evolution [Press release]. Video interview published for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Phoenix, AZ: Arizona State University