Eastern Michigan University
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Renee R. Lajiness-O'Neill

Professor and Co-Director Neuroscience Program

Renee 301C Science Complex




Postdoctoral Fellowship: Clinical and Research Neuropsychology 
University of Michigan Medical Center 
Department of Psychiatry, Ann Arbor, MI

Clinical Psychology Internship
Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT

PhD: Clinical Psychology (dual specialization in neuropsychology and child clinical) 
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Interests and Expertise

My entry into academia followed nearly a decade of clinical experience as a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with developmental, learning, and behavioral difficulties. I can only hope that my clinical experience has significantly enhanced the quality of my instruction.

My primary interest is in the identification of risk and predictors of neurodevelopmental and genetics disorders, specifically autism spectrum disorders (ASD), language-based learning disability, ADHD, and 22q11 deletion syndrome.  As such, my research focuses on exploring the cognitive, behavioral and neural correlates of these disorders using neuropsychological measures and functional neuroimaging such as magnetoencephalography (MEG) and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).  The cognitive domains of interest include attention, language, and memory.  A long-term goal is to expand our understanding of how these processes support more complex social cognitive processes (e.g. social comprehension, theory of mind) in ASD and related developmental psychopathologies.  I am more broadly interested in the identification of risk and resilience factors in neurodevelopmental and acquired disorders of childhood (e.g. traumatic brain injury, pediatric oncology). 

My research interests include: Clinical neuropsychology, developmental psychopathology, neural correlates of social competence, genetic and developmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, neuroimaging to elucidate brain-behavior relationships, and learning and memory.

Selected Publications

Lajiness-O'Neill, R., BrennanJ., Moran, J. E., Richard, A. E., Flores, A., Swick, C., Goodcase, R., Anderson, T., McFarlane, K., Rusiniak, K., Kovelman, I., Wagley, N., Ugolini, M., Albright, J.,  & Bowyer, S. M. (2017). Patterns of altered neural synchrony in the Default Mode Network in Autism Spectrum Disorders revealed with magnetoencephalography (MEG): Relationship to clinical symptomatology. Autism Research.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R. R.,
Erdodi, L., & Lichtenstein, J. (2017).  Traumatic Brain Injury.  In J. M. Kauffman & D. P. Hallahan (Eds.). Handbook of Special Education, Second Edition. New York, NY: Routledge.

Gravholt, C. H., Andersen, N. H., Conway, G. S. et al., …On behalf of the International Turner Syndrome Consensus Group… *Lajiness-O’Neill, R. (2017). Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Care of Girls and Women with Turner Syndrome. Proceedings from the 2016 Cincinnati International Turner Syndrome Meeting. Neurocognition and Behavior. European Journal of Endocrinology, Sep;177(3):G1-G70. doi: 10.1530/EJE-17-0430.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Lengu, K., Nyman, T., Bisconti, S., Wagley, N., Richard, A., Flores, A., Swick, C., Andersen, T., Rosenblum, K., Hodges, E. K., & Kovelman, I. (under review). Bilateral Temporal Activation During Gaze Following in Infants Revealed with fNIRS. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Wagley, N., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Hay, J. S. F., Ugolini, M., Richard, A. E., Bowyer, S.M. Brennan, J., & Kovelman, I. (under review). Brain bases of language segmentation ability in children and its dysfunction in Autism. NeuroImage

Jacobson, D. Bursch, M.,*Lajiness-O’Neill, R. (2016). Potential role of cortisol in social and memory impairments in individuals with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome.  Journal of Pediatric Genetics. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0036-1584549. ISSN 2146-4596

Brennan, J., Wagley, N., Kovelman, I., Bowyer, S. M., Richard A. E. & *Lajiness-O’Neill, R. (2016). MEG reveals atypical sensitivity to linguistic sound sequences in Autism Spectrum Disorder. NeuroReport.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Hoodin, F., Kentor, R., Heinrich, K., Colbert, A., & Connelly, J. A. (2015). Alterations in memory and impact on academic outcomes in children following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. doi:10.1093/arclin/acv053.

Richard, A. E. & *Lajiness-O’Neill, R. (2015). Visual attention shifting in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2015.1042838.

Boutros, N. N., Lajiness-O'Neill, R., Zillgitt, A., Richard, A. E., & Bowyer, S. M. (2015). EEG changes associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Neuropsychiatric Electrophysiology, 1:3, DOI 10.1186/s40810-014-0001-5. 

Kovelman, I., Wagley, N., Hay, J., Ugolini, M., Bowyer, S., Lajiness-O’Neill, R. & Brennan, J. (2015).  Multi-modal imaging of temporal processing in typical and atypical language development. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1337, 7-15.

Mansour, A. & Lajiness-O’Neill, R. (2015). Call for an Integrative and Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Psychology, 6, 323-374.

Mansour, A., Bowyer, S. M., Richard, A. E., Moran, J. E., Erdodi, L. A., Olszewski, A., Pawluk, L., Jacobson, D., Vogt, K., Moore, A.M. & *Lajiness-O'Neill, R. (2014). Magnetoencephalography Coherence Source Imaging in Dyslexia: Activation of Working Memory Pathways. Psychology. dx.doi.org/10.4236/psych.2014.

Lajiness-O'Neill, R., Richard, A., Moran, J., Olszewski, A., Pawluk, L., Jacobson, D., Mansour, A., Luce, K., Schmitt, T., Erdodi, L., Moore, A., & Bowyer, S. M.  (2014). Neural Synchrony Examined with Magnetoencephalography (MEG) During Eye Gaze Processing in Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 6:15. doi:10.1186/1866-1955-6-15.

Lajiness-O'Neill, R., Bowyer, S. M., Moran, J., Zillgitt, A., Richard, A. E. & Boutros, N. N. (2014). Neurophysiological Findings from Magnetoencephalography in Autism Spectrum Disorder:  A Comprehensive Review.  Future Neurology, 9(3), 355-384.

Erdodi, L. A., Kirsch,N. L., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Vingilis, E., Medoff , B. (2014).  Comparing the Recognition Memory Test and the Word Choice Test in a Mixed Clinical Sample: Are They Equivalent?  Psychological Injury and Law. doi:10.1007/s12207-014-9197-8.

Erdodi, L A., Roth, R. M., Kirsch, N. L., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., & Medoff, B. (2014). Aggregating Validity Indicators Embedded in Conners’ CPT-II Outperforms Individual Cutoffs at Separating Valid from Invalid Performance in Adults with TBI. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acu026.

Richard A., *Lajiness-O’Neill, R., & Bowyer, S. (2013).  Impaired prefrontal gamma band synchrony in autism spectrum disorders during a gaze cueing task. NeuroReport, 13;24(16):894-897. doi: 10.1097/WNR.0000000000000015.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R. R., Mansour, A., Olszewski, A., Erdodi, L. (2013). Rehabilitation of Memory. In C.A. Noggle & R.S. Dean with M.T. Barisa (Eds.). Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Erdodi, L. A., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., & Schmitt, T. A. (2013). Learning curve analyses in neurodevelopmental disorders: Are children with autism spectrum disorder truly visual learners? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-012-1630-9.

Erdodi, L. A., & Lajiness-O’Neill, R. (2013). Time Related Changes in Conners’ CPT-II Scores: A Replication Study. Applied Neuropsychology. DOI:10.1080/09084282.2012.724036.

Jacobson, D., & *Lajiness-O’Neill, R. (2012). Substrates of social functioning in individuals with 22q11 deletion syndrome (VCFS). Journal of Behavioral and Neuroscience Research. 10(1):1-10.

Erdodi, L. A., & Lajiness-O’Neill, R. (2012). Humor perception in bilinguals: Is language more than a code? Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R. R., Pawluk, L., & Jacobson, D. (2011). Past, Present, and Future of Pediatric Neuropsychology. In A. S. Davis (Ed). Handbook of Pediatric Neuropsychology. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R. R & Erdodi, L. (2011). Traumatic Brain Injury. In J. M. Kauffman & D. P. Hallahan (Eds.). Handbook of Special Education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Erdodi, L. A., & Bigler, E. D. (2011). Demographic and injury-related moderators of memory and achievement outcome in pediatric TBI. Applied Neuropsychology, 18(4):298-308. doi: 10.1080/09084282.2011.595457.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Erdodi, L. A., & Bigler, E. D. (2010). Memory and Learning in Pediatric TBI: A Review and Examination of Moderators of Outcome. Applied Neuropsychology, 17(2), 83-92.

Lajiness-O'Neill, R., Chase, A., Olszewski, A., Boyle, M.A., Pawluk, P., Mansour, M., Jacobson, D., Gallaway, M., Lewandowski-Powley, P., Gorka, B., Moran, J., & Bowyer, S.M. (2010). Hemispheric differences in neural activation during gaze cueing in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) measured by magnetoencephalography (MEG). In S. Supek & A. Susac (Eds). IFMBE Proceedings, Biomag2010, Vol., 28, 381-384. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-12197-5.

Bowyer, S.M., Pawluk, P., Olszewski, A., Gallaway, M.L., Mansour, A., Jacobson, D., Erdodi, L., Lewandowski-Powley, P., Moran, J., Tepley, N., & Lajiness-O'Neill, R. (2010). MEG detection of attention and memory processes in individuals with dyslexia. In S. Supek & A. Susac (Eds). IFMBE Proceedings, Biomag2010, Vol., 28, 346-349. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-12197-5.

Erdodi, L. A., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., & Saules, K. (2009). Order of Conner’s CPT-II administration within a cognitive test battery influences ADHD indices. Journal of Attention Disorders, 14(1):43-51. doi: 10.1177/1087054709347199.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R., & Menard, P. (2008). An autistic spectrum subtype revealed through familial psychopathology coupled with cognition in ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38(5), 982-987.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R. R., Beaulieu, I., & Paunovich-Wright, J. (2008). Neuropsychological and forensic assessment. In D. C. S. Richard & S. K. Huprich (Eds). Clinical Psychology: Assessment, Treatment, and Research. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R
., Akamine, Y., & Bowyer, S. (2007).  Treatment Effects of Fast ForWord® Demonstrated by Magnetoencephalography (MEG) in a Child with Developmental Dyslexia.  Neurocase, 13 (5,6), 390-401.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R. R., Beaulieu, I., Asamoah, A., Titus, J. B., Bawle, E. V., Ahmad, S., Kirk, J. W., & Pollack, R., (2006).  The Neuropsychological phenotype of velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS/22q11.2 deletion syndrome):  Relationship to psychopathology.  Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 21, 175-184.

Lajiness-O’Neill, R. R., Beaulieu, I., Titus, J. B., Asamoah, A., Bigler, E. D., Bawle, E. V. & Pollack, R. (Guest Editor, 2005).  Memory and learning in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome: Evidence for ventral and dorsal stream disruption? Child Neuropsychology, 11 (1), 55-71.

Lajiness –O’Neill, R. R. (2005). 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: Introduction. Child Neuropsychology, 11 (1), 1-5.

* Senior Author

Courses Taught

Psychology 358 - Cognitive Processes
Psychology 388 - Psychology in the Field Setting
Psychology 360 - Abnormal Psychology
Psychology 433 - Cognitive Neuroscience
Psychology 610 - Clinical Neuropsychology
Psychology 635 - Cognitive Processes/Neuroscience
Psychology 762 - Cognitive Assessment
Psychology 763 - Neuropsychological Assessment

Lab Information

Developmental Brain and Behavior Lab and PediaTrac Project.  
326 Science Complex | 734-487-2379

Current Grant Funded Projects:

Neural Coherence at Rest and During Language Processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Neural Correlates of Nonverbal and Verbal Social Communication in High Risk Infants: Relationship to Caregiver Observations of Behavior using PediaTrac.