G&C: What kind of training did you have? What is your specialty?
KS: I have a B.S. in Honors Psychology, a Master's Degree in clinical psychotherapy, and about four years of post graduate education and research in clinical psychology. Additionally, my research projects have been published in numerous international neuropsychology and social psychology journals and I have given lectures on my work at conferences in Europe, Canada, and the U.S.
My specialty is in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with severe psychiatric disorders and I have a successful background in treating people with schizophrenia.
G&C: Are you still practicing?
KS: Yes, I'm currently on staff at the eighth psychiatric hospital I have worked at. This is the career I'm passionate about and wanted since 11th grade.
G&C: How are you able to tell these stories and retain confidentiality?
KS: All of my entertainment related psychiatry/psychology projects are inspired by true stories and people. I often use public domain information and when needed, I change details of a story to make it different enough so the person cannot be identified while still maintaining the spirit of the story. Sometimes, particularly in my drama writing, the character traits are combinations of more than one person.
Lastly, I do not write about patients who I have treated for my entertainment projects.
G&C: Does the Paris necrophiliac story involving one of your patients?
KS: No, this is not a patient who I personally treated.
G&C: Have you heard of other instances of necrophilia?
KS: There are numerous stories of people suffering from this condition from past to present times.
G&C: What do you think leads people towards lust for the dead?
KS: Usually with any "philia" or fetish, a significant event occurred earlier in a person's life relating to the philia content itself which psychologically imprints or arouses the person and this cognitive event stays with the person.
In this particular condition, it is common that the person had some sort of access to dead people when they were younger and somehow an arousal state occurred in them. The key to this sort of condition is not that they prefer dead people as an alternative partner once in a while, but that it becomes the only way they can become aroused in a sexual way. If they have healthy, loving relationships with living people and interact with the dead as sort of a hobby only, it does not meet the criteria of the condition.
G&C: What are some of the stranger stories you recalled hearing from your patients?
KS: I had a patient who thought I was the movie character Louis (vampire played by Brad Pitt in the movie "Interview with the Vampire") and he thought a colleague who had red hair was the Kirstin Dunst character in the same movie.
G&C: Did any of the stories you heard disturb you?