My research focus is on individuals’ cognitive and meta-emotional responses to negative emotion, how these responses affect the way emotions are experienced and the duration and intensity of emotional experiences, and the way in which these reactions might predispose individuals to engage in coping-motivated substance use and other potentially harmful emotion-driven behaviors. I am interested at investigating these processes at both the idiographic and nomothetic levels of analysis. I am also interested in the developmental origins of these cognitive and meta-emotional responses. My thesis investigated the relation between coping-motivated alcohol use, fearful reactions to the physical symptoms of anxiety, and negative secondary emotional reactions to primary negative affect.
Lab Link: Laboratory for Emotion and Addictive Processes (Dr. Veilleux)