Faculty & Staff

Jennifer Celene Veilleux

Jennifer Celene Veilleux

Assoc Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5329

Download vcard


Visit Website

Download CV

Dr. Veilleux's research interests lie at the intersection of social and clinical psychology, with an emphasis on emotion-regulation and self-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 how people navigate their emotional lives, with a particular focus on (a) the beliefs people hold about their emotions and (b) distress tolerance (i.e., people's willingness and capacities to tolerate their strong feelings).  Much of her work has focused on risk behaviors (smoking, alcohol use, problem eating, self-injury) as these are all behaviors associated with emotion and self-regulation (see lab website for more: https://wordpressua.uark.edu/jcveille/).  More recently, however, Dr. Veilleux is moving toward a stronger focus on emotion and self-regulation processes transdiagnostically, and using multiple methods (ecological momentary assessment, questionnaire studies, and experimental studies) to understand how and when emotions contribute to people making choices that serve them in the moment but ultimately undermine their long term goals.

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 has a current project focused on improving the training of clinical supervisors, and she also developed a concept inventory to test research methods and statistical knowledge for undergraduate psychology majors.  These projects are in line with her interests in training and expertise in measurement/task development.


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 (Emotion and 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. (2019). The relationship between distress tolerance and cigarette smoking: A review and synthesis. Clinical Psychology Review, 71, 78-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2019.01.003

Veilleux, J. C. (2019). Shifts in momentary motivation to quit smoking based on experimental context and perceptions of motivational instability. Addictive Behaviors, 96, 62-67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.04.012

Veilleux, J. C., *Pollert, G. A., *Zielinski, M. J., *Shaver, J. A., & +Hill, M.A. (2019). Behavioral assessment of the negative emotion aspect of distress tolerance: Tolerance to emotional images. Assessment, 26, 386-403. https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191116689819

Veilleux, J. C., *Hill, M. A., *Skinner, K. D., *Pollert, G. A., *Baker, D. E. & *Spero, K. D. (2018).  The dynamics of persisting through distress: Development of a momentary distress intolerance scale using ecological momentary assessment. Psychological Assessment, 30, 1468-1478. doi: 10.1037/pas0000593

Veilleux, J. C., *Hill, M. A., *Skinner, K. D., *Pollert, G. A., *Spero, K. D., & *Baker, D. E. (2018).  Self-control challenge scenarios in daily life: Developing a taxonomy of goals and temptations.  Motivation & Emotion, 42, 653-670https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-018-9695-1

Zielinski, M. J., & Veilleux, J. C. (2018). The Perceived Invalidation of Emotion Scale (PIES): Development and psychometric properties of a novel measure of current emotion invalidation. Psychological Assessment, 30, 1454-1467. doi: 10.1037/pas0000584

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

*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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.02.001

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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2017.10.030

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.