About Me
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. 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 2017 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 addition to excellent programming, UNF Sex Week 2017 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 Actiona 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)
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, A. R., Leone, C., (April 2016) 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; October 2015) Sexuality and Gender. Invited lecture presented at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

DeVilliers, N., Kalafatis, A., Kim, J., Ricder, R. (October 2016) Contested spaces: Gender, sexuality, and rights in a global context. Panelist. UNF International Studies Lecture Series. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.
   
Kalafatis, A. R. (October 2016) Accio privilege: Equality, society, and politics in Harry Potter. Invited lecture presented at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.
 
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. (September 2016) Accio feminism: A discussion of feminism and the wizarding world (of Harry Potter). Invited lecture presented in The Politics of Harry Potter, UNF Honors, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.
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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.