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Renee R. Lajiness-O'Neill

Professor and Co-Director Neuroscience Program

Renee 301C Science Complex




Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Michigan Health System, Clinical and Research Neuropsychology 
Clinical Internship - Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City

Ph.D.  Brigham Young University - Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology & Child Clinical)
M.S.   Eastern Michigan University - Clinical Psychology
B.S.   Eastern Michigan University - 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. 

My research interests include: clinical neuropsychology, developmental psychopathology, genetic and neurodevelopmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, functional neuroimaging, attention, language, and memory.

Selected Publications

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. 

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.

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 Neuroscie

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

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.