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Episode Overview

On this episode of the Sexology Podcast, my guests are Jes L. Matsick, Ph.D. and Anna C. Salomaa, M.S. as we talk about defining sexual orientation and how sexual orientation changes over time.

During our conversation we talk about why people are uncomfortable with people who are different than them. This topic has been traditionally underrepresented in the field of psychology. People deserve research targeted to their experience. Our experiences are complex just like sexuality is complex.

We also talk about the terms you use to identify yourself, finding different results based on how you ask about sexual engagement and how sexual orientation can change in this episode.


  • Getting interested in this work
  • Defining sexual orientation
  • Predicting mental health outcomes
  • Can sexual orientation change?
  • Understanding sexual fluidity
  • Acknowledging the complexity of LGBTQ+ communities
  • Negative views of bisexual men and women
  • Best practices when identifying sexual identity
  • Charting out possible dimensions of sexuality

About Dr. Nazanin Moali

Dr. Nazanin Moali is a clinical psychologist, sex expert, sexologist and sex therapist in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Moali has helped couples and individuals overcome sexual concerns, including pornography addiction. Dr. Moali hosts confidential consultation sessions for clients and potential clients in her Torrance and Hermosa Beach offices. You can also book a session with her online, via a secure video-counseling platform.

About Jes. L. Matsick

Jes L. Matsick, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Matsick is the director of the Underrepresented Perspectives Lab at Penn State, where she trains undergraduate and graduate students to conduct psychological research with an emphasis on LGBTQ+ issues. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. In her research, she studies sexuality, gender, and prejudice, and much of her work is centered on the perspectives and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals.


About Anna C. Salomaa

Anna C. Salomaa, M.S. is in her final year as a doctoral candidate at The Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Psychology; her area of focus is clinical psychology. The overarching goal of her research is to translate mapping the complexities of sexuality to the improvement of sexual minority health. Anna integrates her research focus into her clinical work with sexual and gender minority clients by facilitating nuanced identity development.


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Sexology Podcast

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