Renee Lajiness-O'Neill, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Eastern Michigan University
  • 301C Science Complex
    Eastern Michigan University
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197



As a pediatric neuropsychologist, Dr. Lajiness-O’Neill’s primary research interest is in the identification of risk and predictors of neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically autism spectrum disorders (ASD), language-based learning disability, and ADHD. She uses behavioral, neuropsychological, and multi-modal imaging methods (i.e. magnetoencephalography) to probe the behavioral, cognitive and neural correlates of these disorders. Her major areas of investigation include: 1) exploring the neural correlates and mechanisms of attention, memory, and language in learning disability, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and traumatic brain injury, including social learning; 2) expanding our understanding how these cognitive processes support more complex social cognitive processes such as Theory of Mind (ToM) in ASD and other developmental psychopathologies; 3) the development of psychometric and brain imaging methods and measures to identify biomarkers of early risk and to improve diagnostic precision for neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD and developmental language disorders); and 4) subtyping neurodevelopmental disorders.

Her current work focuses on three grant funded projects:

1. Neural Coherence at Rest and During Language Processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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

3. PediaTrac™: There’s an App for That!

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