Jennifer J. Vannest, PhD

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-6959


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Clinical Interests

Cognitive neuroscience of language and memory (using functional MRI); cognitive effects of epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders

Research Interests

Neurological disorders and language impairments


Jennifer Vannest, PhD, completed her undergraduate education at the Ohio State University and continued there for her graduate work. Her PhD is in linguistics, and in addition, her graduate training included a number of courses in cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and speech and hearing sciences. As a postdoctoral fellow at University of Michigan and University of Rochester, Dr. Vannest was trained to use functional MRI to study the brain mechanisms underlying language skill.

Dr. Vannest came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2006, and her current research makes use of functional MRI to examine how epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders affect language function, ultimately leading to better treatment and educational strategies for children with these disorders.

Education and Training

PhD: Ohio State University, Linguistics.

Postdoctoral Training: University of Michigan (Psychology), University of Rochester (Brain and Cognitive Sciences).


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