Renee R. Lajiness-O'Neill

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Professor and Co-Director, Neuroscience Program

Psychology; Neuroscience

301C Science Complex



  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Michigan Health System, Clinical and Research Neuropsychology 
  • Clinical Internship - Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City
  • Brigham Young University - PhD, Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology & Child Clinical)
  • Eastern Michigan University - MS, Clinical Psychology
  • Eastern Michigan University - BS, Occupational Therapy & Psychology

Interests and Expertise

My primary interest is in the identification of risk trajectories in neurodevelopmental and acquired disorders of childhood, such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), learning disorders, ADHD, and related developmental psychopathologies. My research focuses on exploring the cognitive, behavioral, and neural correlates of these disorders using neuropsychological and neurophysiological methods such as magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG) as well as functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).  The cognitive domains of interest include attention, language, and memory.  My long-term goal is to expand our understanding of how these processes support more complex social cognition as well as neural network development in ASD and related developmental psychopathologies. 

Research Interests
  • clinical neuropsychology
  • developmental psychopathology
  • genetic and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • functional neuroimaging
  • attention
  • language
  • memory


  • 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
  • Neuroscience 420 - Seminar I
  • Neuroscience 440 - Seminar II

Publications and Presentations

(Since 2005)

  • Bowyer, S. M., Zillgitt, A., Greenwald, M., & Lajiness-O’Neill, R. (in press). Language mapping with MEG: An update on the current state of clinical research and practice with considerations for practical guidelines. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology.

  • Lajiness-O'Neill, R., Brooks, J., Lukomski, A., Schilling, S., Flores, A., Swick, C., Nyman, T., Andersen, T., Huth-Bocks, A., Warschausky, S., Morris, N., Schmitt, T. A., Bell-Smith, J., Moir, B., Hodges, E. K., & Lyddy, J. E. (2018). Development and preliminary validation of PediaTrac™:  A web-based tool to track developing infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 50, 224-237. 

  • 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. DOI: 10.1002/aur.1908.

  • 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):1-70. doi: 10.1530/EJE-17-0430. Review.

  • 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 ISSN 2146–4596

  • Brennan, J., Wagley, N., Kovelman, I., Bowyer, S. M., Richard A. E. and *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., and 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. and *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., and 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. and 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. and 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. and *Lajiness-O'Neill, R. (2014). Magnetoencephalography Coherence Source Imaging in Dyslexia: Activation of Working Memory Pathways. Psychology.

  • Lajiness-O'Neill, R., Richard, A., Moran, J., Olszewski, A., Pawluk, L., Jacobson, D., Mansour, A., Luce, K., Schmitt, T., Erdodi, L., Moore, A., and 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., BowyerS. M., Moran, J., Zillgitt, A., RichardA. E. and 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., and 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., and 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 and R.S. Dean with M.T. Barisa (Eds.). Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

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

  • Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Erdodi, L. A., and 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., and 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., and Bowyer, S.M. (2010). Hemispheric differences in neural activation during gaze cueing in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) measured by magnetoencephalography (MEG). In S. Supek and 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., and Lajiness-O'Neill, R. (2010). MEG detection of attention and memory processes in individuals with dyslexia. In S. Supek and 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., and 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., and 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., and Paunovich-Wright, J. (2008). Neuropsychological and forensic assessment. In D. C. S. Richard and S. K. Huprich (Eds). Clinical Psychology: Assessment, Treatment, and Research. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

  • Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Akamine, Y., and 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., and 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. and 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

Grants, Honors and Awards

Current Grant-Funded Project
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Funded PediaTrac Project  

    Dr. Lajiness-O'Neill (Project Director/Principal Investigator) and her team were awarded a 4.5 million dollar, 5 year, multi-site National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) R01 grant entitled PediaTrac™: Web-based Measure to Screen and Track Early Developmental Trajectories in 2018 for the PediaTrac project. The project will validate the PediaTrac tool and method which is investigating typical developmental and risk trajectories for neurodevelopmental disorders and developmental psychopathology using complex multidimensional behavioral algorithms in infancy and toddlerhood. Read more about the PediaTrac grant in EMU Today.

Additional Information

PediaTrac Project

301P Science Complex

Developmental Brain and Behavior Lab

326 Science Complex