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Professor Consults For Film

By Christopher Smith, Staff Writer

Professor of psychology Dr. Danielle Knafo, served as a consulting producer and subject expert for the critically acclaimed documentary Silicone Soul. Silicone Soul was streamed on Amazon Prime and iTunes.

Silicone Soul explores the emotional connection some people have to their synthetic companions and what that means for the future of human relationships. Ultimately, this is a film about love, loneliness, secrets and acceptance. 

Knafo explained her inspiration in pursuing such a project. 

“I had treated in therapy a man who lived with a sex doll as his partner. This intrigued me and triggered my curiosity to know more. I began interviewing other men who lived with sex dolls as their partners, not just sex objects. I also visited the factory that made high end sex dolls and interviewed the creator. I wanted to make a film about it and began filming some of my interviews. However, I am not a filmmaker and so I partnered with Melody Gilbert, an excellent documentary filmmaker.”

In addition to her work on the documentary, Knafo is also a prolific author and has been honored for her work with many awards and prizes, including the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize for The Age of Perversion and the University’s Abraham Krasnoff Lifetime Achievement Award.

 Knafo continues to devote her time to helping others even after accomplishing so much.

“Many things inspire me and my career,” she said. “I am a professor and I love teaching and mentoring students to become clinicians. I am a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, and I love helping people overcome internal and external challenges in life. And I am an author, and I love to write and communicate what I’ve learned from my work with others.” 

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