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John O'Neill

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Barbara Solomon School of Social Work

Degree Program Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. O’Neill has worked in the field of mental health and addiction for over 25 years. He started his career working in student affairs, providing substance use education to fraternities and sororities. He has held leadership positions for almost twenty years at both public and private institutions. He spent five years at MHMRA of Harris County, managing multiple departments in authority clinical services. For the past 13 years, he held multiple positions at The Menninger Clinic. He is currently a Clinical Director for Menninger Outpatient Services. He served as a program director for a professions program and spent seven years as The Director of Addiction Services. Along with his responsibilities at Menninger, he managed the mental health and drug program for The Houston Astros for 12 years. He is on his 10th season managing the mental health and drug program for the Minor League Baseball Umpire Development Program and for the past 19 years, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses at local colleges.

Dr. O’Neill has developed and presented more than 75 programs at local and national conferences in such subjects as anxiety and addiction, attachment theory and substance use, family dynamics, motivational enhancement theory, trauma and sexual addiction and has contributed to articles and stories in the Houston Chronicle, Denver Post, Washington Post, Houston Medical Journal, WebMD, and many other publications. He has also appeared on ESPN, National Public Radio, Fox News, NPR, XM Radio, and KTRH Radio. John is a licensed clinical social worker, chemical dependency counselor and a certified addiction counselor (sex addiction). He has a Doctorate of Behavioral Health Leadership, a Masters of Social Work, and a Bachelors of Criminal Justice.


EdD, Grand Canyon University - Phoenix, AZ United States

MSW, Arizona State University - Phoenix, AZ United States

Public Service

Wellness Committee, Committee Member - Houston


O'Neill, J. J. (2016). Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment

O'Neill, J. J. (2016). The relationship between attachment style and emotion regulation in marijuana users Paradigm

O'Neill, J. J. (2013). Attachment and addiction

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