Lisa Jacola, PhD, ABPP-CN
Lisa Jacola, PhD, ABPP-CN

Lisa Jacola, PhD, ABPP-CN

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty

  • Pediatric Neuropsychologist
  • Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology



FellowshipSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Internship – The University of Chicago
PhD – University of Cincinnati
MS – Wright State University
BA – University of Dayton

Research Interests

  • Neurobehavioral outcomes in children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and brain tumors
    • Identification of neural mechanisms related to neurodevelopmental changes following treatment
    • Development and implementation of interventions designed to improve neurobehavioral outcomes following cancer treatment
  • Measurement of neuropsychological functions in children with acquired neurologic injury and neurodevelopmental disability
    • Improving specification of brain-behavior relationships
    • Quantifying the relationship between neurocognitive ability and functional outcomes across the lifespan

Selected Publications

Jacola LM, Krull KR, Pui CH, Pei D, Cheng C, Reddick WE, Conklin HM. Longitudinal assessment of neurocognitive outcomes in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated on a contemporary chemotherapy protocol. J Clin Oncol February 8, 2016. 

Jacola LM, Hickey F, Howe SR, Esbensen A, Shear PK. Behavior and Adaptive Functioning in Adolescents With Down Syndrome: Specifying Targets for Intervention. J Ment Health Res Intellect Disabil 7(4):287-305, 2014.

Jacola LM, Willard VW, Ashford JM, Ogg RJ, Scoggins MA, Jones MM, Wu S, Conklin HM. Clinical utility of the N-back task in functional neuroimaging studies of working memory. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol 36:875-6, 2014.

Jacola LM, Ashford JM, Reddick WE, Glass JO, Ogg RJ, Merchant TM, Conklin HM. The relationship between working memory abilities and white matter integrity in childhood brain tumor survivors treated with conformal radiation therapy. J Neurooncol 119(1):197-205, 2014. 

Jacola LM, Byars AW, Hickey F, Vannest J, Holland SK, Schapiro MB. Functional magnetic resonance imaging of story listening in adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome: evidence for atypical neurodevelopment. J Intellect Disabil Res 58:892-902, 2013. 

Szaflarski JP, Rajagopal A, Altaye M, Byars AW, Jacola LM, Schmithorst VJ, Schapiro MB, Plante E, Holland SK. Left-handedness and language lateralization in children. Brain Res 18:85-97, 2012.

Jacola LM, Byars AW, Chalfonte-Evans M, Schmithorst VJ, Hickey F, Patterson B, Hotze S, Holland SK, Vannest, J, Schapiro MB. Functional magnetic resonance imaging of cognitive processing in young adults with Down syndrome. Am J Intellect Dev Disabil 116:344-359, 2011.

Tillema JM, Jacola LM, Schapiro MB, Byars AW, Plante E, Szaflarski JP, Holland SK. Cortical reorganization of language functioning following left MCA stroke. Brain Lang 105:99-111, 2008. PMCID: 2763390

Szaflarski JP, Holland SK, Jacola LM, Privitera MD, Szaflarski M. Comprehensive presurgical fMRI language evaluation in adult patients with epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav 12:74-83, 2008.

Holland SK, Vannest J, Mecoli M, Jacola LM, Tillema JM, Karunanayaka PR, Schmithorst VJ, Yuan WH, Plante E, Byars AW. Functional MRI of language lateralization during development in children. In J Audiol 46:533-551, 2007.

Jacola LM, Schapiro MB, Schmithorst VJ, Byars AW, Strawsburg RH, Szaflarski JP, Holland SK. FMRI reveals atypical language organization in children following perinatal left MCA stroke. Neuropediatrics 37:46-52, 2006.

Last update: March 2016