Peyton Attaway is a research analyst in the Center for Policing Research and Investigative Sciences in RTI’s Applied Justice Research Division. She specializes in the intersection of public health and policing, substance use, and sexual assault reform. Her research interests include health, social, and justice issues in the context of substance use; violence against women; vicarious trauma in public safety; law enforcement coordination with public health; and police-community relations. Ms. Attaway is focused on building bridges across disciplines to provide improved services and support to victims of sexual assault and to facilitate effective responses and support for individuals experiencing substance use disorder.
Currently, she serves as part of the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Training and Technical Assistance Team (TTA) and the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) TTA Team to provide a tailored and consistent response to both SAKI and COSSAP grantee needs at the state and local level. Ms. Attaway serves as a research analyst for the Arnold Ventures Reimagining America’s Crisis Response Systems: The Need for a Comprehensive Opioid Overdose Response—Opportunities for Advancing Law Enforcement Naloxone Programs in the United States. She has extensive experience conducting literature reviews, basic statistical analysis, focus groups, and cognitive interviews; writing technical reports; and developing marketing materials for a variety of stakeholders.
Ms. Attaway joined RTI in 2018. Her work helps address the unique challenges that jurisdictions face on many criminal justice and public health issues nationwide. Ms. Attaway has assisted on multiple research projects and presentations involving community well-being.