Hello there! I'm Traci Gillig, a doctoral candidate at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Broadly, my interests are in health communication, particularly the psychological mechanisms and social factors influencing health and well-being in youth. My work includes examining the effects of interventions, media representations, and interpersonal relationships on youth identity development and health, as well as the effects of representations of diverse, underrepresented groups on people's attitudes toward such groups and related policies. Recent projects have been published in Sex Roles, Human Communication Research, and the International Journal of Communication. My research has also been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and other major outlets.
At Annenberg, Dr. Larry Gross chairs my doctoral committee. My master's degree was completed at the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University, under the guidance of Dr. Marifran Mattson. I also completed undergraduate studies in the Lamb School. My professional background includes experience working in health communication at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and Edelman PR.
A native Chicagoan, I've enjoyed exploring the West Coast since moving here. In my free time, you can find me driving to the mountains in search of a challenging hike and a good view.