Student of the Month (September 2016): Kayla Skinner

Introducing our Student of the Month for September 2016, Kayla Skinner!

Student: Kayla Skinner

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Veilleux

The University of Arkansas

 kayla skinner

Broadly, my research involves the identification of affective and social cognitive factors that contribute to overeating and other health-risk behaviors, with a specific focus on the transdiagnostic mechanisms that culminate in addictive behaviors, broadly defined to include substance misuse (e.g., smoking, binge drinking), and other patterned behavioral outcomes associated with impulsivity, emotion dysregulation, and lack of self-control (e.g., binge eating, non-suicidal self-injury).  A recent review (Veilleux & Skinner, 2015) investigated smoking, alcohol, and food domains to evaluate whether there was evidence of consistency across these domains and/or methodological differences that might inform future research and results indicated there may be merit in translating ideas from the addiction realm into eating pathology and obesity research.  In fact, in doing this literature review we found that looking at motivation as an individual difference factor (i.e., restrained vs unrestrained eaters) had been used in the eating domain but rarely in the smoking area; thus, we designed experimental paradigms to assess whether this relationship may manifest in smokers in addition to restrained/unrestrained eaters and found a parallel relationship (Veilleux, Skinner, & Pollert, in press). In my career, I aim to bridge the gap between both literatures and connect them, such that I will apply methods used in addiction to eating pathology and vice versa.

Skinner, K. D., & Veilleux, J. C. (2016). The interactive effects of drinking motives, age, and self-criticism in predicting hazardous drinking. Substance Use and Misuse, 51, 1342-1352. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2016.1168448

Skinner, K. D., Rojas, S., & Veilleux, J. C. (2016). Connecting eating pathology with suicidal behavior: The mediating role of experiential avoidance. Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviors. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12249

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, 96-101doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2013.11.012

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, 103-108. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.04.002

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

Skinner, K. D., & Veilleux, J. C. (May, 2016). Eating pathology and self-control: A key look at the mechanisms underlying the self-regulatory successes (and failures) of eating behavior. Paper presented at the Annual Convention for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Congratulations, Kayla!

If you would like to nominate a SIG-AB Student of the Month, please email a brief letter of recommendation to Elly Leavens at We look forward recognizing more of our student members throughout the year!

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