Department of Psychology


Garrett Pollert, Ph.D.Dr. Garrett Pollert

Assistant Professor
100 Waggoner Hall
Work: 309-298-1593
Fax: 309-298-2179

Additional Information


Dr. Pollert received his B.S. in Psychology from North Dakota State University.  He took some time off, working at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, North Dakota to learn more about eating disorders and weight-related research.  He got his M.A. at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR, followed by his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the same institution.  He completed his APA-accredited clinical psychology internship at the Central Arkansas VA Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he specialized in Health Psychology, particularly Integrated Behavioral Health and Health Promotion Disease Prevention (with a focus on weight loss).


Dr. Pollert teaches in the Clinical/Community Mental Health program at WIU, teaching primarily graduate courses in Personality Assessment, Group Psychotherapy, Career Assessment, and Advanced Psychopathology.  He also teaches Abnormal Psychology, which is open to both Undergraduates and Graduates.

Research Interests:

Dr. Pollert’s primary interest is eating behavior, followed closely by weight loss and self-control.  His prior research involves the mechanisms and processes that precede, maintain, or are implicated in the development of problematic eating behavior: attentional biases, willpower beliefs, emotion regulation, self-control, and dietary restraint.

Recent Scholarly Activities:

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: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.02.001

Veilleux, J. C., Pollert, G. A., Shaver, J. A. Zielinski, M. J., & Hill, M. A. (2017). Behavioral Assessment of the Negative Emotion Aspect of Distress Tolerance: Tolerance to Emotional Images. Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1073191116689819

Pollert, G. A., Kauffman, A. A., & Veilleux, J. C. (2016). Symptoms of Psychopathology Within Groups of Eating‐Disordered, Restrained Eating, and Unrestrained Eating Individuals. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72(6), 621-632. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22283

Pollert, G. A., Engel, S. G., Schreiber‐Gregory, D. N., Crosby, R. D., Cao, L., Wonderlich, S. A., & Mitchell, J. E. (2013). The role of eating and emotion in binge eating disorder and loss of control eating. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46(3), 233–238. doi: 10.1002/eat.22061