Abigail Rinderle is a public safety and harm reduction specialist at RTI. She applies design thinking to tools for creating innovative public health interventions. Currently, Ms. Rinderle works in the Applied Justice Research unit and is involved in the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program.
Ms. Rinderle joined RTI in 2022. She has many years of experience working in Appalachia, where she researched how gender norms and power dynamics in relationships impact young women’s injection drug practices, subsequently impacting their risk health and risk of contracting hepatitis C. Ms. Rinderle specliazed in harm reduction for people who use drugs, and is especially interested in how gender and sexual identity impact a person’s utilization of harm reduction tools.