About Me

Sex is Fun.
Sex ed should be, too.

Angel Kalafatis-Russell
AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (Certification in Progress)
Sexuality educator, psychology and sexuality research scientist, advocate and activist.
​Angel is a queer, kinky, sex-positive educator, academic, and activist. She is currently a graduate student, educator, and research scientist at the University of North Florida. Her research interests focus on the intersections between social and personality psychology particularly in regards to alternative (non-heteronormative) sexual identity, orientation, and behavior. She is also a member of the Community Sexual Health Education and Research Initiative (CSHERI), a collaborative group of researchers, community stakeholders, community agencies, and sexuality professionals working together to conduct research and programming in the area of sexual health. In addition, Angel is on the editorial board for Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education. 
Her research interests include: 
  • Sexual orientation and behavior
    • LGBTQIA+ 
    • Kink/BDSM
    • Monogamy and Consensual Non-Monogamy
  • Gender and sexuality
    • Feminism
    • Gender presentation
    • Gender roles
    • Sexuality, sexual orientation, sexual health and behavior
  • Identity formation and Impression Management 
    • Bias, Stereotypes, and Stigma
Angel has more than 6 years’ experience as a sexuality educator conducting lectures, conference presentations, workshops, and other public and private events on topics including, but not limited to: 
  • Pleasure, foreplay, and intimacy aids (sex toys)
  • Sexuality education for intellectually and developmentally disabled adolescents and adults
  • Consent and communication
  • Sex positivity and body positivity
  • Alternative sexual identity and behavior
    • BDSM and kink
    • Consensual Nonmonogamy
    • LGBTQ issues
  • Gender issues
    • Sexuality and Gender
    • Gender roles
    • Feminism 
​​She is also a sexuality education provider for the Jacksonville Center for Sexual Health
As a Program Support Specialist working with the UNF LGBT Resource Center, Angel brought Sex Week to the University of North Florida in 2017, and continues to work with departments and students across campus to organize Sex Week annually. The mission for UNF Sex Week is as follows: 

UNF Sex Week is a week-long series of events that feature a sex-positive message designed to educate the campus community on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to: health and wellness, relationships and intimacy, identity and orientation, safety and risk awareness, and consent. Dr. Emily Nagoski defines sex positivity in the following way: "Each of us gets to decide how we feel about our body and what we do with it... We get to make decisions that feel safe for us in our body given the context we are in." We believe that this message is healthy, empowering, and inclusive, and communicating that message to the campus community is at the heart of our mission with Sex Week. 

In 2018 Angel also facilitated the addition of an interdisciplinary Sexuality Research and Resources Symposium where faculty, staff, and student scholars from across campus gathered to present talks, posters, and artistic presentations of ther work relating to myriad issues of sexulaity and gender. In addition to excellent programming, UNF Sex Week offers free condoms and lubricant from a number of incredible sponsors as well as some form of FREE, fast, and confidential HIV, STI, and/or pregnancy testing every single day. More information about Sex Week can be found here.  


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As an advocate and social justice activist, Angel is an active member of the local LGBT, alternative sexuality, feminist, and racial justice communities. She's worked alongside the Coalition for Consent, is a proud supporter of the #TakeEmDownJax, Jacksonville Community Action Committee, and Jacksonville Police Accountablity Council movements, and is a member of the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition. Angel also teaches Sex Ed Sunday; community sex ed for adults, which occurs biweekly at the Jacksonvillle Center for Sexual Health (formerly Coniferous Cafe in Downtown Jacksonville). 


She is a student member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems: Sexual Behavior, Politics, and Communities Division. She is passionate about social justice issues and creating a community that celebrates individuality while fostering inclusion, diversity, and equity. She is an avid coffee drinker, reader, and consumer of podcasts. She also enjoys yoga and meditation, writing, and spending time with her partners, her cats, and her two insanely awesome children. 
Education & Certification
Master of Science in Psychological Science (Expected 2018)
University of North Florida
Areas of Concentration: Social and Personality Psychology; Sexology
[Sexual Orientation and Behavior; Alternative Sexuality; Identity Formation and Impression Management]  
Certified Sexuality Educator (Expected 2018)
American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors, & Therapists (AASECT)
HIV 500/501 Testing Certification (2018)
Florida Department of Health at Duval County
Post-Baccalaureate: Psychology (2015)
University of North Florida
200hr Certifed Yoga Instructor (2014)
MBody Yoga
Bachelor of Arts: English Literature (2005)
University of North Florida
Areas of Concentration: Literary Interpretation and Theory [Contemporary British Literature]
Minor: Political Science  
Presentations (Academic)
 Kalafatis-Russell, A., and Leone, C., (April 2018) Doing Kink vs. Being Kinky: Development and validation of a single-item measure for assessing individual differences in BDSM orientation. Poster presented at Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS), Graduate Student Research Symposium (GSRS) University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

Green, S., Robertson, K. Leone, C. , and Kalafatis-Russell, A., (April 2018) Being transgender or bisexual: Self-Monitoring differences in the coming-out experience. Poster presented at Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS), University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

Kalafatis-Russell, A., Leone, C., and Morrison, L. (March 2018) Don’t Yuck My Yum! Religiosity and perceptions about of frequency and acceptability of sexual behavior in gay, lesbian, and straight relationships. Poster to be presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Atlanta, GA.

Leone, C., Kalafatis-Russell, A., (March 2018) The Walk-in Closet: Self-monitoring differences in strategic self-disclosure of sexual orientation for gays and lesbians. Poster to be presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Atlanta, GA.

Kalafatis, A., Leone, C., and Morrison, L. (November 2017) Sinners and saints: Religiosity and attitudes about sexual behavior in gay, lesbian, and straight relationships. Poster presented at Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists (SSSP), Jacksonville, FL. 
  
Kalafatis, A. R., Leone, C., (April 2017) The walk-in closet: Self-monitoring differences in strategic self-disclosure of sexual orientation for gays and lesbians. Poster presented at Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS), University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.
  
Kalafatis, A. R., Leone, C., and Morrison, L. (November 2016) Religious individuals are prejudiced towards gays and lesbians... Or are they? Poster presented at Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists (SSSP), Asheville, NC. (Award Finalist)
 
Kalafatis, A. R. (October 2016) Sex-Ed in the morning. Invited lecture presented at the American Medical Students Association Pre-Med Fest, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
Kalafatis, A. R., Scuillo, M. and Leone, C. (April 2016) “Did I do that?” Effects of contingent self-esteem on failures in impression management and self-congruency. Poster session presented at Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS), University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.
 
Kalafatis, A. R., Hawkins, L., Leone, C., and Krusemark, D.  (October 2015) Ingroup/Outgroup bias or shared stereotypes: Perception of men versus women, heterosexuals versus gays/lesbians. Poster session presented at Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists (SSSP), Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.
 
Kalafatis, A. R. and Leedy, A. D. (April 2015) Fifty shades of rape: The ambiguity of consent. Lecture presented at Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS), University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.
  
Workshops, Presentations, Podcast Appearances, & Invited Talks
Professors Marsden and Media Representation of Non-Monogamy  2018
Jacksonville Public Library, Jacksonville, FL

Reducing the STIgma: An Evidence-based Discussion of the Risks (and Rewards) of Non-Monogamous Sex   2018                                      Atlanta Poly Weekend, Atlanta, GA.

Poly 101: A Panel Discussion (Panelist)  2018                                                                                          Atlanta Poly Weekend, Atlanta, GA.

The Next Generation: Relationship Equality Representation on College Campuses.   2018
Atlanta Poly Weekend, Atlanta, GA.

Let's Taco 'Bout Sex  2018
ARC Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

Talk Data to Me: Mapping Your Desire and the Science Behind "Spicing Up" Your Sex Life  2018
Frolicon, Atlanta, GA 

Oral Presentation: The Science of Oral Sex  2018
Frolicon, Atlanta, GA

Slippery When Wet: All About Lubricant  2018
Frolicon, Atlanta, GA

A Week of What?! Pros and Cons of Implementing Sex Week on a College Campus  2018
Florida Collegiate Pride Conference, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Those who Can, Do! An Exploration of LGBTQ+ Mentoring Experiences, Opportunities, and Practices  2018
Florida Collegiate Pride Conference, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

BDSM, Kink, Polyamory, and other alternative sexual identities - an overview  2018
Human Sexuality Counseling, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL

The Science of Sex Education  2018
UNF Sex Week 2018, Jacksonville, FL.

Sex Ed A-Go-Go  2018
UNF Sex Week 2018, Jacksonville, FL.

Sex Ed Sunday with Professor Sex  2017-2018                                                                                        Coniferous Cafe. Jacksonville, FL and Jacksonville Center for Sexual Health
  • Ask for it: Relationship negotiation and consent culture (June 25, 2017)
  • Data and drama: A scientific approach to success in online dating (July 9, 2017)
  • The Science of Sex Drive. (July 23, 2017)
  • What is Sex Positivity? (August 6, 2017)
  • What is Body Positivity? (August 20, 2017)
  • Porn: Positive or Problematic? A discussion of ethical porn. (September 3, 2017)
  • The Virginity Myth: Social myths about purity, sex, and promiscuity. (September 17, 2017)
  • Coffee and Kink: Defining and Discussion BDSM. (October 1, 2017)
  • Sex-Ed After Dark: Discussing Fantasy with Your Partner. (October 14, 2017)
  • Ethical Sluthood: A Discussion About Consensual Non-monogamy (October 15, 2017)
  • Trick or treat: A Discussion About Sex Work and Sex Workers’ Rights (October 29, 2017)
  • Breaking up is (Not Necessarily) Hard To Do: Intentional Relationships Transitions (November 19, 2017)
  • No More Toxic: Ending Toxic Relationships; Setting Boundaries (Jan 7, 2018)
  • Sex Ed Book Club Live Chat: Come as you Are by Dr. Emily Nagoski (February 4, 2018)
  • Let’s Talk about New Relationship Energy (NRE) (February 4, 2018)

(Not so) Risky Business: A workshop about HIV/STIs, risk awareness, safer sex, and consent  2018
UNF Student Union. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

Poly Role Models (Video podcast appearence)  2017
Poly Role Modesl

"No" is a complete sentence (Podcast appearance)  2017
Don't Waste Your Pretty, Podcast

Sex Ed for Grownups (Podcast appearance)  2017
Sluts and Scholars, Podcast

Accio Equality: What we can learn from the Wizarding World about power, privilege, and oppression.  2017
The Psychology of Harry Potter. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

Community Sex Ed (Podcast appearance)  2017
Living a Sex Positive Life, Podcast

50 Shades of Rape: A Discussion of Rape Culture and the Ambiguity of Consent  2017
A Survive to Thrive Workshop. Jax Makerspace. Jacksonville Public Library. Jacksonville, FL

Bondage Basics: A safety and consent practical skills workshop 2017
For KinkCrate.com; Jacksonville, FL

Sex and Gender 101: Terminology, pronouns, and cultural competence    2017
Transgender Education and Remembrance Rally. Jacksonville, FL

A (grownup) Toy Story: Comprehensive Sexuality Education  2017
Atlanta Poly Weekend hosted by the Relationship Equality Foundation. Atlanta, GA

Zen and the Art of Relationships: Buddhist Approaches to Managing Emotions in Intimate Relationships  2017
Atlanta Poly Weekend hosted by the Relationship Equality Foundation. Atlanta, GA

A (grownup) Toy Story: Comprehensive Sexuality Education  2017
Alt-Sex Week hosted by UNF Pride Club. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

Educating and Selling to Clients who are interested in kink/BDSM  2018, 2017
Pure Romance Jacksonville, Regional Team Meeting. Jacksonville, FL.

(Not so) Risky Business: A Risk-Aware Sex Workshop.  2017
UNF LGBT Resource Center. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

Sexuality Education for Individuals with Physical, Developmental, and Learning Disabilities: Why is this important and
how can you as a parent or guardian get involved?   2017                                                       
On-Campus Transition. ARC at the University of North Florida. Jacksonville, FL.

Sexuality Education for Individuals with Physical, Developmental, and Learning Disabilities 2018, 2017
On-Campus Transition. ARC at the University of North Florida. Jacksonville, FL.

Sexuality and Gender   2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Introduction to Psychology. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL. 

"What kind of girl...?!" (Podcast appearance)  2017
Don't Waste Your Pretty, Podcast

Polyamory and More (Podcast appearance)  2017
Loving Without Boundariess, Podcast

Contested spaces: Gender, Sexuality, and Rights in a Global Context. (Panelist)  2016    
International Studies Lecture Series. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

Accio privilege: Equality, Society, and Politics in Harry Potter. 2016    
Resident Life. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

Sex-Ed in the Morning  2016    
American Medical Students Association Pre-Med Fest, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Accio Feminism: A Discussion of Feminism and the Wizarding World (of Harry Potter) 2016    
The Politics of Harry Potter. UNF Honors. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

Gender Roles in Close Relationships  2016    
Social Psychology. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.
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