Clinical Faculty

Jennifer Celene Veilleux

Jennifer Celene Veilleux

Assoc Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(PSYC)-Psychological Science

Phone: 479-575-5329

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Dr. Veilleux's research interests lie at the intersection of social and clinical psychology, with an emphasis on self-and emotion-regulation. She considers herself a clinical psychologist who is strongly informed by topics and methods in social and personality psychology.  Broadly, she is interested in what drives people to engage in risk behaviors (e.g., binge eating, smoking, drinking, and self-injury), and studies these questions at multiple levels.  Currently, Dr. Veilleux and the Laboratory for Emotion and Addictive Processes (LEAP; members are interested in the dynamics of emotions, including individual differences in emotional sensitivity, up- and down-regulation of emotions, and how positive and negative emotional processes influence each other.

In her work with more clinical populations, Dr. Veilleux is ultimately interested in desire or craving, and the circumstances in which desire prompts problems with self-regulation.  Although "desire" is a word with positive connotations, "craving" (at least for cigarettes) is often associated with negative emotions.  Dr. Veilleux hopes to help unpack the aspects of temptation that prompt risky descisions for smoking, alcohol, binge eating and self-injury, including the factors that prompt resistance to risky behaviors as well as the downstream effects of both resistance and giving in, in terms of overall self-control.  These questions are studied using laboratory studies as well as large individual difference studies.  

Dr. Veilleux also has side research interests in teaching and training. She is a member of APA's Trainees with Problems of Professional Competence workgroup, which aims to unpack training difficulties for students in health service psychology (clinical, counseling, and school) doctoral programs. She is also published on clinical supervision and is involved with development of a concept inventory to test research methods and statistical knowledge for undergraduate psychology majors.


Graduate Courses:

  • PSYC 5163 Personality Theory and Assessment
  • 607V Clinical Practicum: Supervision and Consultation
  • 609V Clinical Seminar: Emotion in Psychotherapy

Undergraduate Courses:

  • PSYC 2013: Introduction to Statistics
  • PSYC 3023: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 2073: Research Methods
  • PSYC 409V: Seminar: Clinical Interviewing
  • PSYC 4063: Personality (online course)
  • PSYC 4283: Advanced Seminar (Self- and Emotion-Regulation)

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007
B.A., Macalester College, 1999

+indicates undergraduate mentee; *indicates graduate mentee

Veilleux, J. C., *Zielinski, M. J., Moyen, N. E., Tucker, M. A., Dougherty, E. K., & Ganio, M. S. (in press). The effects of passive heat stress on self-reported distress and a behavioral index of self-control in smokers and non-smokers. Journal of General Psychology.

Veilleux, J. C., *Hill, M. A., *Skinner, K. D., *Pollert, G. A., *Spero, K. D., & *Baker, D. E. (in press).  Self-control challenge scenarios in daily life: Developing a taxonomy of goals and temptations.  Motivation & Emotion.

Zielinski, M. J., & Veilleux, J. C. (in press). The Perceived Invalidation of Emotion Scale (PIES): Development and psychometric properties of a novel measure of current emotion invalidation. Psychological Assessment.

Funkhouser, E., & Veilleux, J. C. (in press). Framing temptations in relation to the self: Acceptance and alienation. In A. Mele (Ed.) Philosophy and Science of Self-Control.

Veilleux, J. C., Lovett, D. E., *Skinner, K. D., & Ham, L. S. (2018). Non-alcoholic beverage cues as specific comparison images to alcohol image cues: Evaluating measurement and design choices for cue-reactivity studies.  Substance Use and Misuse, 53, 773-781. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1365087

Veilleux, J. C., *Pollert, G. A., *Zielinski, M. J., *Shaver, J. A., & +Hill, M.A. (in press). Behavioral assessment of the negative emotion aspect of distress tolerance: Tolerance to emotional images. Assessment.

*Pollert, G. A., & Veilleux, J. C. (2018). Attentional bias is more predictive of eating behavior after self-control exertion. Eating Behaviors, 29, 25-27. doi:

Zielinski, M. J., Hill, M. A., & Veilleux, J. C. (2018). Is the first cut really the deepest? Frequency and recency of non-suicidal self-injury as predictors of psychopathology and dysregulation. Psychiatry Research, 259, 392-397. doi:

Veilleux, J. C., & Chapman, K. M. (2017). Development of a research methods and statistics concept inventory. Teaching of Psychology, 44, 203-211. doi: 10.1177/0098628317711287

Veilleux, J. C., & Chapman, K. M. (2017). Validation of the Psychological Research Inventory of Concepts: An index of research and statistical literacy. Teaching of Psychology, 44, 212-221. doi: 10.1177/0098628317711302

*Skinner, K. D., Rojas, S., & Veilleux, J. C. (2017). Connecting eating pathology with risk for engaging in suicidal behavior: The mediating role of experiential avoidance. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behaviors, 47, 3-13. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12249

Veilleux, J. C., *Skinner, K. D., & *Pollert, G. A. (2016). Quit interest influences smoking cue-reactivity. Addictive Behaviors, 63, 137-140. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.07.017

Veilleux, J. C., & *Skinner, K. D. (2016). Introspective responses to cues and motivation to reduce cigarette smoking influence state and behavioral responses to cue exposure.  Addictive Behaviors, 60, 103-108. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.04.002

+Reese, E. D. & Veilleux, J. C. (2016). Relationships between craving beliefs and abstinence self-efficacy are mediated by smoking motives and moderated by nicotine dependence. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18, 48-55. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntv054

Lovett, D. E., Ham, L. S., & Veilleux, J. C. (2015). Psychometric evaluation of a standardized set of alcohol cue photographs to assess craving. Addictive Behaviors, 48, 58-61. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.05.002

Veilleux, J. C., & *Skinner, K. D. (2015).  Smoking, alcohol and food cues on subsequent behavior: A qualitative systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 36, 13-27. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2015.01.001

Veilleux, J. C., +Salomaa, A. C., *Shaver, J. A., *Zielinski, M. J., & *Pollert, G. A. (2015). Multidimensional assessment of beliefs about emotion: Development and validation of the Emotion and Regulation Beliefs Scale. Assessment, 22, 86-100. doi: 10.1177/1073191114534883

+Reese, E. D., *Zielinski, M. J., & Veilleux, J. C. (2015). Facets of mindfulness mediate behavioral inhibition systems and emotion dysregulation. Personality and Individual Differences, 72, 41-46. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.08.008

*Zielinski, M. J., & Veilleux, J. C. (2014). Examining the relation between borderline personality features and social support: The mediating role of rejection sensitivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 70, 235-238.

Veilleux, J. C., Sandeen, E., & Levensky, E. (2014).  Dialectical tensions, supervisor attitudes and contextual influences in psychotherapy supervision. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 44(1), 31-41. doi: 10.1007/s10879-013-9245-9.

Veilleux, J. C., +Skinner, K. D., +Reese, E. D., & *Shaver, J. A. (2014).  Affect intensity, emotion dysregulation and drinking to cope in college students and non-college adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 59, 96-101. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2013.11.012

Winer, E. S., Veilleux, J. C., & Ginger, E. (2014).  Development and validation of the Specific Loss of Interest and Pleasure Scale (SLIPS). Journal of Affective Disorders, 152, 193-201. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2013.09.010

Veilleux, J.C., Conrad, M., & Kassel, J. D. (2013).  Cue-induced cigarette craving and mixed emotions: A role for positive affect in the craving process. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 1881-1889.

Veilleux, J. C. (2011).  Coping with client death: Using a case study to discuss the effects of accidental, undetermined and suicidal deaths on therapists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42 (3), 222-228.