Jacki Willenborg

Teaching Assistant
 Johnston Hall 323A


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee WI                                                               Ph.D. Communication, Expected May 2023                                                                                                    University of WI-Milwaukee, Milwaukee WI                                                                                Trauma-Informed Care Certificate, School of Social Work, Expected May 2022                          University of Wisconsion-Milwaukee, Milwaukee WI                                                                 M.A. Communication, May 2019                                                                                                        University of Iowa, Iowa City IA                                                                                                           B.A. Communication Studies, May 2017

Research Interest

I am a third-year doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a focus on mental health communication, specifically trauma and resiliency. I have been focused on mental health communication since my undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa. My past research projects have focused on a variety of topics within the mental health area ranging from relationships involving Borderline Personality Disorder to employees’ experiences with mental health in the workplace. Additionally, my Master’s thesis, completed at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, focused on perceptions of suicidal memes and how such perceptions affected decisions of support provision. In addition to my work in the Communication Department, I am also currently working on a Trauma-Informed Care graduate certificate through the School of Social Work. My current research is focused on occupational trauma exposure, trauma work, and anticipatory resiliency. After completing my PhD in Communication, I plan on pursuing additional degrees in counseling psychology.

Teaching Experience

COM 101 – Introduction to Interpersonal Communication                                                                          COM 301 – Interpersonal Processes                                                                                                            COM 320 – Nonverbal Communication


Member, NCA Mental Health and Communication Task Force, September 2021-present      Awards Committee Representative, September 2020-present                                                                         Communication Graduate Student Council, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee              Activities Coordinator, September 2018-2020                                                                                                     Communication Graduate Student Council, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee                Volunteer, Fall 2019                                                                                                                                                   Undergraduate Majors Fair, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee                                        Volunteer Judge, Spring 2019                                                                                                                                 Communication 103 Public Speaking Showcase, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee      Reviewer, Spring 2018                                                                                                                                               Central States Communication Association                                                                                  Undergraduate Student Representative, September 2017-May 2018                                                             Communication Graduate Student Council, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee                            Volunteer, Fall 2017                                                                                                                                                   Graduate Open House, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee                                                        Student Ambassador, September 2016-December 2016                                                                                     Department of Communication Studies, The University of Iowa