Learn more about Dr. Vrangalova
I am a developmental psychologist and a relationships consultant passionate about helping people make smarter, healthier decisions about their sexual and romantic lives. My research has focused on understanding how different expressions of sexuality are linked to health and well-being, and how people, especially those with less traditional sexual and relational desires and lifestyles could navigate their sex and love lives in ways that are safe, pleasurable, and ethical for everyone involved.
In addition to my teaching and academic pursuits, I run a relationship consulting practice that guides individuals, couples, and larger relational units in discovering win-win solutions and designing their dream love lives - ones that align with their unique personality make-up and life circumstances.
Between 2014 and 2017, I created and ran the Casual Sex Project, an innovative platform that allowed individuals from all over the world to openly share their true stories of casual encounters. This groundbreaking initiative not only provided a space for candid discussions, but also contributed to broader societal conversations about sexual relationships. (The website no longer accepts story submissions, but you can read the thousands of stories already submitted and the New Yorker article about it.)
Between 2017 and 2019, I co-hosted the Science of Sex Podcast alongside Joe Pardavila. Through engaging interviews with leading sex and relationship scientists, we explored cutting-edge research findings, making valuable insights accessible to a wide audience.
Most recently, my lifelong fascination with nontraditional relational lifestyles culminated in the creation of the Open Smarter course, a self-paced online course and community. Using science-based assessments of individual personalities, and practice-proven strategies for relationship enhancement, the course guides participants in identifying their ideal relationship type, then developing the psychological tools they need to excel in their chosen type.
In my efforts to provide accurate and accessible information about sexuality and relationships to as many people as possible, I frequently write for various media outlets, give talks and workshops on a variety of topics, and serve as a featured expert in magazines and on podcasts. My TEDx talk on why casual sex is not necessarily bad for you has been viewed almost 4 million times.