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 marginalized individuals on attitudes toward people and policies. Her projects have been accepted for publication in journals such as Human Communication Research, Sex Roles, and the International Journal of Communication, and her complete work is available at

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.


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    PhD Candidate in Communication, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism