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Training > Psychology Training Faculty > MUSC Internship faculty - Dr. Patrick M. O'Neil

Dr. Patrick O'NeilPatrick O'Neil, Ph.D. 
[Behavioral Medicine, CAPS/Weight Management rotations]

Pat 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.  His teaching activities include supervision of psychology interns on clinical rotations in the Center, lectures to medical students, residents, and other trainee groups, and invited continuing education lectures to physician and other practitioner audiences.  He is and has been principal investigator for a number of externally funded clinical trials of weight-loss agents.  He is the author of more than 100 professional publications, chapters, and presentations, primarily concerning psychological, behavioral and other clinical aspects of obesity and its management.  From 1987 to 1996, he authored Weighing the Choices, a weekly column on weight control in the Charleston, SC, Sunday Post and Courier.

O’Neil is active in the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO).  He was Editor of the NAASO web site and serves as Chair of the Education committee.  Previously, he was Program Chair for the NAASO 1999 annual meeting in Charleston, a member of the Publications committee and 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.   He is a member of the Scientific Council of the South Carolina Nutrition Research Consortium.  He participated as a member of a statewide committee that developed the Report on the Impact of Obesity on Health in South Carolina, in response to a mandate by the state General Assembly.  He is also Past President of the South Carolina Academy of Professional Psychologists, former member and Chair of the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology, and former Chair of the Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy.

Select Publications:

(NOTE: Trainees names are italicized)

  • Pawlow, LA, O’Neil PM, White MA, Byrne TK.  Findings and outcomes of psychological evaluations of gastric bypass applicants.  Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, in press.
  • O’Neil PM, Brown JD.  Weighing the evidence:  Benefits of regular weight monitoring for weight control.  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, in press.
  • Lundgren JD, O’Neil PM, Martin CK, Binks M.  Smoking status and weight loss in three weight loss programs. Eating Behaviors, in press.
  • O’Neil PM, Rieder S.  Utility and validity of the Eating Behavior Inventory in clinical obesity research:  A review of the literature. Obesity Reviews, 2005, 6, 209–216.
  • O'Neil PM, Martin CK.  Management of obesity.  In BM Egan, JN Basile and DT Lackland (Eds.), Hypertension Hot Topics.  Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus, 2004.
  • O'Neil PM. The roles of behaviour modification in the management of obesity.  In G Medeiros-Neto, A Halpern and C Bouchard (Eds.) Progress in Obesity Research: 9. Montrouge, France: John Libbey Eurotext, 2003.
  • Pawlow L, O’Neil PM, Malcolm R.  Night eating syndrome: effects of brief relaxation training on stress, mood, hunger, and eating patterns. International Journal of Obesity, 2003, 27, 970–978.
  • Anderson JW, Greenway F, Fujioka K, Gadde KM, McKinney J, O’Neil PM. Bupropion SR enhances weight loss: A 48-week double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Obesity Research, 2002, 10, 633-641.
  • Martin CK, O’Neil PM, Binks M. An attempt to identify predictors of treatment outcome in two comprehensive weight loss programs. Eating Behaviors, 2002, 3, 239–248.
  • Binks M, O’Neil PM. Referral sources to a weight management program: Relationship to outcome. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2002, 17, 596-603.
  • O’Neil PM.  Assessing dietary intake in the management of obesity. Obesity Research, 2001, 9,  361S - 366S.
  • O’Neil PM, Smith CF, Foster GD, Anderson DA. The perceived relative worth of reaching and maintaining goal weight. International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, 2000, 24, 1069-1076.
  • Oexmann MJ, Thomas JC, Taylor KB, Garvey WT, O’Neil PM, Lackland DT, Egan BM.  Short-term impact of a church-based approach to lifestyle change on cardiovascular risk in African-Americans. Ethnicity and Disease, 2000, 10, 17-23.
  • Smith CF, O’Neil PM, Rhodes SK. Cognitive appraisals of dietary transgressions by obese women:  Associations with self-reported eating behavior, depression, and actual weight loss.  International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, 1999, 23, 231‑237.

Selected Presentations:

  • O'Neil, PM. Psychological evaluation of the bariatric surgical patient. In Pories W (Chair), Surgical treatment of obesity. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, Las Vegas, November 2004.
  • Binks M, O'Neil PM, Martin C, Raus A, Malcolm R. Outcomes of a brief individually delivered moderate carbohydrate weight loss program based on proven treatment elements and patient preferences. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, Las Vegas, November 2004.
  • Pawlow L, O'Neil PM, White M, Byrne T. Rates of psychological contraindication and referral for gastric bypass applicants. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, Las Vegas, November 2004.
  • White M, O'Neil PM, Kolotkin R, Byrne TK. Obesity-related quality of life at extreme levels of obesity. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, October 2003, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • O'Neil PM. The roles of behavior modification in the management of obesity. Invited address at the Ninth International Congress on Obesity, August 2002, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • O'Neil PM, Martin CK. Changes in food cravings during dieting. Poster presented at the Ninth International Congress on Obesity, August 2002, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Martin CK, O'Neil PM. An attempt to identify predictors of treatment outcome in two comprehensive weight loss programs. Poster presented at the meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, October 2001, Quebec City, Canada.

Curriculum Vitae: available upon request

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