Brittany Cunningham, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist


Dr. Brittany Cunningham, PhD, is a Research Scientist with CNA's Institute for Public Research. Dr. Cunningham is an expert in scientific research and analysis and has more than a decade of experience designing, implementing, and managing rigorous research studies and evaluations at the local, state, and national levels. Dr. Cunningham has led and supported grants and projects from several federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation. Currently, Dr. Cunningham serves as the Project Director for the Bureau of Justice–funded Assistance Using Analytics to Improve Officer Safety study, which investigates police incident data to support the development of a risk assessment model to help officers assess risk and take appropriate safety measures in real time when responding to incidents. She serves as Project Manager for the National Institute of Justice–funded randomized controlled trial (RCT) of the impact of body-worn cameras (BWCs) in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, which is one of the first RCTs of BWCs in a correctional setting. Dr. Cunningham also has experience in using evidence-based approaches and quantitative and qualitative analysis to support law enforcement agency operations and organizational reform. Currently, she leads or supports several assessments of local law enforcement polices, procedures, and operations related to racial bias, alternative approaches to policing, and police-community relations, including for the Burlington, Vermont, Police Department; Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff's Office; and Prince George's County, Maryland, Police Department. Dr. Cunningham holds a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Louisville, specializing in evaluation and research. She currently holds an adjunct faculty position at The George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs.