Renee Lajiness-O’Neill, Ph.D.

Renee Lajiness-O’Neill, Ph.D.Renée Lajiness-O’Neill, PhD, is a fully licensed, clinical psychologist in the State of Michigan.  She earned her doctoral degree from Brigham Young University with a dual specialization in Neuropsychology and Child Clinical psychology. She completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Research Neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan Medicine (formerly the University of Michigan Medical Center).

Following her formal training, she was the head of pediatric neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Henry Ford Health Systems and an adjunct professor at Wayne State University until 2005. She is currently a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Michigan University and an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in neuroscience, neuropsychology, and neuropsychological assessment. Her research focuses on brain-behavior relationships in children with neurodevelopmental disorders as well as development and validation of assessment methods to characterize neurobehavioral development.

She is currently project director/principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 multisite, longitudinal grant (“PediaTrac: Web-based Measure to Screen and Track Early Developmental Trajectories”) for which her team is developing and validating a web-based tool to identify risk trajectories of neurodevelopmental (e.g., autism, cerebral palsy) and acquired disorders of childhood and related developmental psychopathologies. Read more about the PediaTrac grant in EMU Today.

Her research, funded both internally and externally, focuses on exploring the cognitive, behavioral and brain correlates of neurodevelopmental disorders using neuropsychological and neurophysiological methods such as magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG). Her goal is to develop and validate bio-behavioral methods of assessing neurodevelopmental disorders and developmental psychopathologies. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, books and book chapters as well as over 170 presentations. She is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and International Neuropsychological Society.

Dr. Lajiness-O’Neill specializes in the assessment of neurodevelopmental difficulties (e.g., learning, ADHD, autism spectrum, language), concussion/traumatic brain injury, and social/emotional concerns. She is committed to the compassionate care of children and believes caregivers (home and school) and family play a vital role in child outcomes. As such, she embraces a team approach in the comprehensive assessment and treatment of children that she serves.

For more information about Dr. Lajiness-O’Neill’s schedule, please contact our office.