Traci is a doctoral candidate conducting research in health communication, particularly the psychological mechanisms and social factors influencing health and well-being in youth. Her work includes examining the effects of interventions and media representations on youth identity development and health, as well as the effects of representations of individuals from diverse, underrepresented groups on attitudes toward people and policies. Recent projects have been published in journals such as Sex Roles, Human Communication Research, and the International Journal of Communication. Her complete work is available at tracigillig.com.

Prior to joining Annenberg, Traci completed master's and undergraduate studies at the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. Her professional background includes working in health communication at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and Edelman PR.