Charleston Running Club to feature “Mind and Body” panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (3/20) at College of Charleston

Mind and Body Speakers Panel

Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 PM
TD Arena at College of Charleston
McAlister Hospitality Suite, Third Floor
301 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29424



Whether you are trying to motivate yourself to go for your first run or whether you are trying to win a race, you won’t be successful without a positive outlook.  This discussion will cover issues relating to mental health and its effect on physiology.




Dr. Karissa Adams

Psychologist – Individual Therapy/Private Practice

Dr. Adams treats Anorexia and Bulimia in male and female adults. She also works with Athletes, Compulsive Exercisers, Food Addiction, Binge Eating Disorder, Obesity, Night Eating Syndrome, Compulsive Overeating and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).


Dr. Michael G. Flynn

Department Chair, College of Charleston Department of Health and Human Performance

Michael G. Flynn completed his Ph.D. in Human Bioenergetics in 1987 at Ball State University.  Flynn taught and conducted research for 10 years at the University of Toledo and 12 years at Purdue University before moving to the College of Charleston in 2009.  Flynn teaches research design and analysis, exercise physiology, sport physiology and marathon training.  He is also in the first semester of a Freshman seminar called: Sport Physiology and the Cooper River Bridge run.  Flynn is an avid runner and amateur boat builder with a single kayak, tandem kayak and sailboat in his fleet.


Dr. Michael Kollar


Michael Kollar is a licensed psychologist with extensive experience in both private practice and academics.  For over 25 years, Dr. Kollar has worked in individual, couple and marital therapy and he has consulted with local and national agencies on issues ranging from mental health to industrial safety.  He has also taught courses at MUSC, The College of Charleston, The Citadel, and The University of Tennessee.  In addition Dr. Kollar, was listed as one of the 51 Best Psychotherapists for Women in the US by Self Magazine and he received the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology Award from the South Carolina Psychological Association.  Dr. Kollar earned a Ph.D. in Educational and Counseling Psychology from The University of Tennessee – Knoxville along with a Master of Arts in Education and Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Carolina University.


Dr. Patrick O’Neil

Director, MUSC Weight Management Program

Patrick M. O’Neil, Ph.D., Director, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University where he has been on the faculty since 1977. He is a Certified Clinical Trial Investigator through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. O’Neil has devoted his career to helping patients manage their weight and is the author of more than 100 scientific papers and presentation.  For over nine years, Dr. O’Neil wrote the popular “Weighing the Choices” column which appeared every week in the Sunday Charleston Post & Courier.


Dr. O’Neil was recently awarded honorary membership by the American Dietetic Association for his work and dedication to the field of dietetics. This is the highest award granted by the ADA to non-members, and only two are awarded each year nationwide. He is also a leader of The Obesity Society (the main scientific and clinical professional association devoted to obesity) and now serves as President of the Society.


Amy Seago

Head Coach College of Charleston Cross Country and Track & Field

Head coach Amy Seago continues to build the Cougars’ cross country and track & field programs as she enters her 10th year at the College of Charleston.   Under Seago’s tutelage, Charleston’s athletes have captured 18 conference titles in six different individual events and earned three trips to the NCAA Outdoor Regionals.


Prior to coming to the College of Charleston, Seago served as the head women’s cross country and assistant men’s and women’s track & field coach at Washington & Lee University as a graduate assistant at Pittsburg State in Kansas.


Formerly Amy Schuckert, Seago was a track & field All-American at Allegheny College. A two-year captain of the cross country team, Seago qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships twice. Additionally, she was a six-time NCAA national qualifier in track and set the conference record in the 800m. She won 12 North Coast Athletic Conference titles and was named to the all-conference team 18 times.


Named the 1999 Allegheny College Female Athlete of the Year, the Canton, Ohio native graduated with a B.A. in English. She was recognized in 2004 when she was named to the North Coast Athletic Conference All-Decade Team for both cross country and track & field.

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