A photo of Jennifer Vannest.

Director, Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Consortium

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


My Biography & Research


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.

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

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Neurology, Neurology, Radiology, Imaging

My Locations

My Education

PhD: Linguistics, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Postdoctoral Training: Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

My Publications

Vannest J, Newport EL, Newman AJ, Bavelier D. Interplay between morphology and frequency in lexical access: The case of the base frequency effect. Brain Res. 2011 Feb 10;1373:144-59.

Korostenskaja M, Pardos M, Fujiwara H, Kujala T, Horn P, Rose D, Byars A, Brown D, Seo JH, Wang Y, Vannest J, Xiang J, Degrauw T, Näätänen R, Lee KH. Neuromagnetic evidence of impaired cortical auditory processing in pediatric intractable epilepsy. Epilepsy Res. 2010 Nov;92(1):63-73.

Vannest J, Rasmussen J, Eaton KP, Patel K, Schmithorst V, Karunanayaka P, Plante E, Byars A, Holland S. FMRI activation in language areas correlates with verb generation performance in children. Neuropediatrics. 2010 Oct;41(5):235-9.

Szaflarski JP, Eaton K, Ball AL, Banks C, Vannest J, Allendorfer JB, Page S, Holland SK. Poststroke Aphasia Recovery Assessed With Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and a Picture Identification Task. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2010 Aug 17.

Karunanayaka P, Schmithorst VJ, Vannest J, Szaflarski JP, Plante E, Holland SK. A group independent component analysis of covert verb generation in children: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study. NeuroImage. 2010 May 15;51(1):472-87.

Vannest J, Karunanayaka PR, Schmithorst VJ, Szaflarski JP, Holland SK. Language networks in children: evidence from functional MRI studies. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009 May;192(5):1190-6.

Vannest JJ, Karunanayaka PR, Altaye M, Schmithorst VJ, Plante EM, Eaton KJ, Rasmussen JM, Holland SK. Comparison of fMRI data from passive listening and active-response story processing tasks in children. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2009 Apr;29(4):971-6.

Wang Y, Xiang J, Kotecha R, Vannest J, Liu Y, Rose D, Schapiro M, Degrauw T. Spatial and frequency differences of neuromagnetic activities between the perception of open- and closed-class words. Brain Topogr. 2008 Dec;21(2):75-85.

Liu Y, Xiang J, Wang Y, Vannest JJ, Byars AW, Rose DF. Spatial and frequency differences of neuromagnetic activities in processing concrete and abstract words. Brain Topogr. 2008 Spring;20(3):123-9.

Vannest J, Szaflarski JP, Privitera MD, Schefft BK, Holland SK. Medial temporal fMRI activation reflects memory lateralization and memory performance in patients with epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2008 Apr;12(3):410-8.