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Emily Gerlikovski

Graduate Fellow
Research Assistant

Research Interests

Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Intimate Health Communication, and Dilemmatic or Challenging Communication  

Research Description

Emily is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is generally interested in interpersonal and health communication, specifically looking at how disenfranchised and marginalized families and family members navigate difficult conversations and transitions, often in the context of health and/or identity. 


MA, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (May 2022)

BA, Communication and English Literature, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (May 2020)

Awards and Honors

Illinois Distinguished Fellowship in the Humanities and Arts, University of Illinois Graduate College

President’s Research in Diversity Travel Award, University of Illinois System President’s Office, Spring 2023

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois, Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, Fall 2022, Spring 2023


Courses Taught

CMN 101: Public Speaking

CMN 210: Public Communication

Highlighted Publications

Sparrow, D. M., Sahlstein Parcell, E., Gerlikovski, E. & Simpson, D. N. (2023). Microaggressions toward people with disabilities. In M. S. Jeffress (Ed.), Palgrave handbook of disability and communication. Palgrave.