Jennifer Veitch

Roles and responsibilities

Environmental psychologist in the Lighting and Ventilation Quality Group. Research concerning the effects of the physical environment on human behaviour and well-being and the factors influencing adoption of sustainable building practices.

Current research and/or projects

Research provides technologies and application guidance to ensure that improving building energy efficiency also creates better environments in which Canadians can live, work, and play.

Research and/or project statements

  • Member of the President’s Research Excellence Advisory Committee
  • Member of the NRC Research Ethics Board
  • Leader of projects concerning the organizational productivity benefits of well-chosen energy technologies for buildings, supporting the High Performance Buildings program
  • Principal investigator studying the effects of light and lighting on human well-being


  • Ph.D. Environmental Psychology, University of Victoria, 1992
  • M.A. Ergonomic Psychology, Queen's University, 1987
  • B.A.(Hons.), Psychology, University of Manitoba, 1986
  • B.Sc., Chemistry and Zoology, University of Manitoba,  1984

Professional activities/interests

  • Recommendations for healthful lighting applications
  • Technology adoption decision-making
  • Green buildings that support individual well-being and organizational productivity


  • International Commission on Illumination
  • Carleton University, Department of Psychology
  • Canadian Psychological Association


  • The IES Medal (Illuminating Engineering Society), 2018
  • The Waldram Gold Pin Award (International Commission on Illumination, 2011)
  • CPA John C. Service Member of the Year Award (Canadian Psychological Association, 2012)

Key publications

Veitch, J. A. (2018). How and why to assess workplace design: Facilities management supports human resources. Organizational Dynamics, 47, 78-87. doi:

 Papamichael, K., Siminovitch, M., Veitch, J. A., & Whitehead, L. (2016). High color rendering can enable better vision without requiring more power. Leukos, 12(1-2), 27-38. DOI: .

 Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage (CIE). (2016). Research roadmap for healthful interior lighting applications (CIE 218:2016). Vienna, Austria: CIE.

Jennifer Veitch

Jennifer Veitch

Principal Research Officer
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
Preferred language: English
Telephone: 613-993-9671

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Economics and Industry, Human resources, Demand-side Management, Energy, Energy End Use, Standards, Regulation & Enforcement, Environmental Policy, Environment, Green technologies, Urban, Sustainability, Scientific research, Sciences, Applied Psychology, Psychology, Social Sciences