Adjunct Professor of Psychology
I am interested in how sexuality is related to psychological, social, and physical wellbeing. In particular, I study non-normative and non-traditional expressions of sexuality such as nonheterosexuality, casual sex, group sex, promiscuity, and non-monogamous relationships.
In July 2014, I am starting a post-doctoral training program at the National Development and Research Institutes in New York, where I will be studying substance use in the context of sexual risk taking.
I also blog about the science of casual sex for Psychology Today, tweet daily about new sex research (@DrZhana), and run the Casual Sex Project, a place for people to share their hookup stories. Stay in touch by signing up for my monthly newsletter or following my Facebook page.
PhD, Cornell University, 2014 (Developmental Psychology)
BA, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia (Psychology)
Vrangalova, Z. & Ong, A. (in press). Who benefits from casual sex? The moderating role of sociosexuality. Social Psychology and Personality Science.
Vrangalova, Z. (in press). Hooking up and psychological wellbeing in college students: Short-term prospective links across different hookup definitions. Journal of Sex Research.
Vrangalova, Z. & Savin-Williams (2014). Psychological and physical health of “mostly heterosexuals”: A systematic review. Journal of Sex Research, 51, 410-445. doi:10.1080/00224499.2014.883589
Vrangalova, Z. (2014). Does casual sex harm college students’ wellbeing? A longitudinal investigation of the role of motivation. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi:10.1007/s10508-013-0255-1.
Vrangalova, Z., Bukberg, R., & Rieger, G. (2014). Birds of a feather? Not when it comes to sexual permissiveness. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 93-113. doi:10.1177/0265407513487638
Savin-Williams, R. C. & Vrangalova, Z. (2013). Mostly heterosexual as a distinct sexual orientation group: A systematic review of the empirical evidence. Developmental Review, 33, 58-88. doi:10.1016/j.dr.2013.01.001
Vrangalova, Z., & Savin-Williams, R. C. (2012). Mostly heterosexual and mostly gay/lesbian: Evidence for new sexual orientation identities. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41, 85-101. doi:10.1007/s10508-012-9921-y
Vrangalova, Z., & Savin-Williams, R. C. (2011). Adolescent sexuality and positive well-being: A group-norms approach. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 931-944. doi: 10.1007/s10964-011-9629-7
Vrangalova, Z., & Savin-Williams, R. C. (2010). Correlates of same-sex sexuality in heterosexually-identified young adults. Journal of Sex Research, 47, 92-102. doi: 10.1080/00224490902954307
Vrangalova, S. (2006). The mystery of sexual orientation: Contemporary concepts and Macedonian perspectives. Skopje, Macedonia: EGAL. [In Macedonian.]