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.

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PhD, Cornell University, 2014 (Developmental Psychology)

BA, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia (Psychology)

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles:

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.]

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