About

ZHANA VRANGALOVA, PHD

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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 my Academia.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.

Want to stay up to date with all my sex research- and sex education- related activities? Sign up for my monthly newsletter. Bonus: My three favorite sex studies of the month! (I promise not to spam you with irrelevant stuff or try to sell you things).

Need a sex researcher to talk to for a newspaper article, podcast, radio or TV show? Email me at zhana.vrangalova@gmail.com – I’m always happy to talk to the media about sex science. Check out all my media appearances here.

28 thoughts on “About

  1. Right now it looks like Drupal is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on
    your blog?

    • Wrong kind of doctor Ahtsham!

      May I say, the casual sex project is amazing and it has really made casual sex so much open for discussion. I really think it’s wonderful. I submitted a story myself ^^ Thankyou Dr Zhana!

    • Seriously. This is not a fact based opinion or critique on Dr Varangalovas work thus is based on a persons opinion with not near he credentials Dr V has. Like a certain anatomical part everyone has an opinion.

      RS. Esq

      • Not quite true. The critique is from an Adjunct at Cornell University (equivalent position to Dr. Zhana) who has a PhD in mathematical stats and a Master’s in Physics.

  2. Thanks for your reply Dr Zhana. Why do you think their opinion is hilarious? The author seems to have research chops, being a statistician. I would love if you could refute his opinion, I am quite offended by his opinion, being a supporter of your work.

  3. Ummmm…..Wow…A random search string on google when I’m effin horny and I end up in your casual sex page. Oh damn!…I got like a butt load of questions to ask you but umm…since this is the first of my many comments…messages….( and a tad of drool-spwaned queries…well..don’t gimme that look…dont blame me for you looking this gorgeous to me! :D)….Great work missy! :)

  4. Hello Dr. Zhana,

    I am a Marriage and Family Therapy graduate student writing for advice on the way to start training myself to “open relationships”…especially since I’ve always had monogamous ones. An awful 6-year relationship has revamped my thinking in this matter. As well, men (since that’s who I date) are going to cheat. It’s sad because I’ve never been a cheater. When I found myself cheating I would immediately let the one I’ve been with the longest go. I cheated only because I wasn’t happy after always making several attempts to get this fact through to my mate. The most damaging thing happen in my relationship. The guy I was dating told me recently he cheated on me about a year ago, with a girl I caught him with at his house. At that time he lied about her (of coarse). After seeing the girl at his apartment and after making several attempts to contact her via phone and text messaging to see if she would tell the TRUTH, she filed charges against me for phone harassment (really). He knew about it but never told me until the end, which was a couple of days before court. They tried to give me 10 days in jail but I fought it and won. However, to hear that it was her he cheated with I felt betrayed double, triple times. Furthermore, about 4 years ago I tried to have sex with this guy but it didn’t work out (he couldn’t get it up). The guy was someone my boyfriend knew but wasn’t in his circle. So, after he told me about her recently, I threw the 4-year affair up in his face. I told him he knew him but never gave him his name and that it was nobody close. After telling him, over the weekend he turned his phone off, had different cars come visit him at his house and his buddy was there. I believe him and his buddy are doing the same girls. For the past 6 months, his buddy has stayed every Friday-Monday @ his house. I’m never invited over, but I can come over if you catch my drift.

    I’ve gone through so much heartache about other women with this guy the entire time I was with him. I’m tired and stressed out. I had been with the guy since my husband died in 2008. I lost my job 2 months after losing him, then I met and started the stressful situation of a relationship with this cheater. I’ve never dated a man who has, nor has my husband, disrespect me with women as much as this guy has. This guy would sit and have to readjust his manly parts because he was watching women on TV (really). Who does this? He has even touched himself while I’m sitting right next to him. Of coarse, when confronted he denies it. It became so difficult to just sit and watch TV w/him. I even have to adjust my psyche to watching TV even when I’m alone. I got to the point I would turn the TV when commercials came on (ridiculous, I know). Oh yeah, in the beginning of our relationship, he watched informercials during our sexual encounters. This made me feel awful, angry, and so disrespected. Though he stopped and would turn the TV off later on in the relationship, I believed he would always think about other women he had seen throughout the day or on TV when we did have sex.

    I’m so ready to learn better…

  5. Hello Dr. Zhana,

    I am a Marriage and Family Therapy graduate student writing for advice on the way to start training myself to “open relationships”…especially since I’ve always had monogamous ones. An awful 6-year relationship has revamped my thinking in this matter. As well, men (since that’s who I date) are going to cheat. It’s sad because I’ve never been a cheater. When I found myself cheating I would immediately let the one I’ve been with the longest go. I cheated only because I wasn’t happy after always making several attempts to get this fact through to my mate. The most damaging thing happen in my relationship. The guy I was dating told me recently he cheated on me about a year ago, with a girl I caught him with at his house. At that time he lied about her (of coarse). After seeing the girl at his apartment and after making several attempts to contact her via phone and text messaging to see if she would tell the TRUTH, she filed charges against me for phone harassment (really). He knew about it but never told me until the end, which was a couple of days before court. They tried to give me 10 days in jail but I fought it and won. However, to hear that it was her he cheated with I felt betrayed double, triple times. Furthermore, about 4 years ago I tried to have sex with this guy but it didn’t work out (he couldn’t get it up). The guy was someone my boyfriend knew but wasn’t in his circle. So, after he told me about her recently, I threw the 4-year affair up in his face. I told him he knew him but never gave him his name and that it was nobody close. After telling him, over the weekend he turned his phone off, had different cars come visit him at his house and his buddy was there. I believe him and his buddy are doing the same girls. For the past 6 months, his buddy has stayed every Friday-Monday @ his house. I’m never invited over, but I can come over if you catch my drift.

    I’ve gone through so much heartache about other women with this guy the entire time I was with him. I’m tired and stressed out. I had been with the guy since my husband died in 2008. I lost my job 2 months after losing him, then I met and started the stressful situation of a relationship with this cheater. I’ve never dated a man who has, nor has my husband, disrespect me with women as much as this guy has. This guy would sit and have to readjust his manly parts because he was watching women on TV (really). Who does this? He has even touched himself while I’m sitting right next to him. Of coarse, when confronted he denies it. It became so difficult to just sit and watch TV w/him. I even have to adjust my psyche to watching TV even when I’m alone. I got to the point I would turn the TV when commercials came on (ridiculous, I know). Oh yeah, in the beginning of our relationship, he watched informercials during our sexual encounters. This made me feel awful, angry, and so disrespected. Though he stopped and would turn the TV off later on in the relationship, I believed he would always think about other women he had seen throughout the day or on TV when we did have sex.

    I’m so ready to learn better…

  6. hi dr.Z :)
    thanks for setting up this website. its fun to go back down memory lane with past hook ups. Ive actually learned some things about myself through reminiscing. I would love to pick your brain sometime!
    anyhow, thanks for the site!
    Matthew

  7. Hi, I don’t have sex or masterbate because I understand that ejaculation ages the male. Releasing testosterone only ages us-regardless of gender. So I just don’t ejaculate full-stops as I believe it’s far more beneficial in the long run, to look as naturally young, fit and healthy-than it is to ejaculate. I’d rather sleep and if I want pleasure, just eat a cake or chocolate!

  8. If I realised ejaculation actually benefited the skin, as all I care about is my skin anyway, i’d ejaculate for that reason. But like I say, ejaculation and all stimulation of the genitalia only physically ages us. So it’s pointless. It may have mental benefits, but that’s it. Looking naturally young is more beneficial!

  9. I left a comment back on Dec 14 and Dec 15, I can’t believe I haven’t received a response yet by you. If I knew that you wouldn’t respond I wouldn’t subscribe to your blog. I know better know after almost a year of being ignored my you.

    • Hi Cola, I’m sorry I never responded to your comment, but I am not sure what kind of response you were expecting from me. I am not a sex or relationship therapist, and I don’t give personal advice as part of my professional engagement. I am a scientist who writes about new sex research. If you feel you are struggling with sex and relationship issues, I suggest you see a therapist. Best, Zhana

  10. Love your ‘scopes; hope you get a chance to review a docu in re the Friday interview you mention. And a question-does the fetish renamed to mask its nonconsensual nature? “Chicken Hawk: Men Who Love Boys,” a 1994 documentary about NAMBLA.

  11. Hello there how are you doing hopefully everything is fine I was wanting to talk to you (it seems like you might be the only person I can trust with this) I think I’m filling you on fb but if I’m not can you add me as a friend my email is jacksondarian1978@gmail.com I heard about you on periscope which I’m also following you there I hope to hear from you

  12. I watched the TEDx Talk Dr. Zhana Vrangalova gave and was intrigued by the concept of the casualsexproject. I strongly agree with the mission she articulated. Now that I read a few of these so called “real sex stories” I am disappointed. What distinguishes stories of 12 male orgasms in one night, 4h non-stop sex and 30min BJs from porn-stories?
    I don’t understand how stories like these have any scientific value (besides getting an understanding of human fantasy), which does interest me, not only as a med student.
    I find it disturbing, how wanting to find out about psychological health, one is able to stand behind a project, that seems to be in high contrast to sex education. Aren’t exactly these sex myths so beautifully expressed and thereby spread by the users of this site one of the problems? Responsible for making people (especially teens) feel bad about them selves, about sex in general?

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