Traci is a doctoral candidate studying psychological and social factors influencing the health of youth, particularly those from marginalized groups. Her work examines the effects of interventions, media representations, and interpersonal relationships on youth identity and well-being, as well as the effects of mediated representations of marginalized groups on the attitudes of broader audiences. Recent projects have been published in Sex Roles, Human Communication Research, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the International Journal of Communication. Her research has also been featured in major media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, and Newsweek. 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.