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Jenn Veilleux

Jenn 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; see lab link to the right) members are developing a new laboratory-based measure of distress persistence, and she is also 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 recently completed an Arkansas Biosciences Institute funded project examining the role of craving for cigarettes on impulsive behavior, and she is currently working on a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation examining philsophical underpinnings of identity that may contribute to self-control failure.

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

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., *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., January, A. M., VanderVeen, J. W., Reddy, L. F., & Klonoff, E. A. (2012).  Perceptions of climate in professional psychology doctoral programs: Development and initial validation of the Graduate Program Climate Scale.  Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 6, 211-219.

Veilleux, J. C., January, A. M., VanderVeen, J. W., Reddy, L. F., & Klonoff, E. A. (2012).  Differentiating amongst characteristics associated with problems of professional competence: Perceptions of graduate student peers. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 6, 113-121.

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.

Veilleux, J. C., Kassel, J. D., Heinz, A. J., Braun, A., Wardle, M., Greenstein, J., et al. (2011).  Predictors and sequelae of smoking topography over the course of a single cigarette in adolescent light smokers. Journal of Adolescent Health, 48, 176-181.