My name is Zhana Vrangalova and I’m a NYC-based sex researcher, writer, and educator.
I have a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, where I studied how different aspects of sexuality (especially casual sex/promiscuity and mostly heterosexuality) are linked to health and well-being. I am currently an adjunct professor at the NYU Psychology department where I teach the first Human Sexuality course this department has offered in a long, long time.
I continue to do research and publish in academic journals (download my research papers from myAcademia.com profile). My latest research project is Play!, an online survey about sex/play parties and the people who attend them. Have you been to one in the past 12 months? Take the survey! And share with others.
I also blog about the science of casual sex and nonmonogamy on Psychology Today; give evidence-based, educational talks/workshops about casual sex, non-monogamy, and “mostly heterosexuals”; and tweet daily about fun new sex research (a follower once had this to say about my tweeting: “DrZhana‘s tweet stream is like falling into an actual stream. Made of brains. Instead of water.” Follow me: @DrZhana.)
Have a casual sex story to share with the world? I started The Casual Sex Project just for that purpose. Check out the stories or submit your own.
I upload all my Powerpoints from conference presentations, workshops, and courses on Slideshare. Feel free to take a look.
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Need a sex researcher to talk to for a newspaper article, podcast, radio or TV show? Email me at [email protected] – I’m always happy to talk to the media about sex science. Check out all my media appearances here.