Patrick M. O'Neil, PhD

Patrick M. O'Neil is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he is Director of the Weight Management Center.  He received his B.S. in Economics from Louisiana State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia.  O’Neil has been professionally involved in obesity since 1977 in numerous clinical, teaching, research and public education roles.  He directs a long-standing multi-disciplinary weight management center offering services for people of all degrees overweight, and oversees the psychological assessment of bariatric surgery applicants.  His teaching activities include supervision of psychology interns, lectures to medical students and other trainee groups, and invited continuing education lectures to physician and other practitioner audiences.

He is and has been an investigator for a number of externally funded clinical trials of weight-loss agents.  He is the author of numerous professional publications, chapters, and presentations, primarily concerning psychological, behavioral and other clinical aspects of obesity and its management.  He is a member of the Committee on Military Nutrition Research of the Institute of Medicine and serves on the Scientific Council of the South Carolina Nutrition Research Consortium.  He is also Past President of the South Carolina Academy of Professional Psychologists, and former member and Chair of the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology.  From 1987 to 1996, he authored Weighing the Choices, a weekly column on weight control in the Charleston, SC, Sunday Post and Courier.  Since 2001 he has served on the Town Council of Sullivan’s Island, SC.

Dr. O'Neil has been a member of The Obesity Society since 1986.  Currently, he is Chair of the Education committee.  He previously served as Editor of the society's web site and as Program Chair for the 1999 NAASO Annual Scientific Meeting  held in Charleston.  He has served on the Publications and Finance Committees.  He was a member of the NIH/NAASO Ad Hoc Committee for Development of The Practical Guide for the Identification, Evaluation, and treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults and is currently a member of the NAASO/NHLBI/AHA writing group for the counterpart Guide for Metabolic Syndrome.

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