Renee Heffron

Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Global Health



PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2012
MPH Tulane University, 2004



Ninth and Jefferson Building
325 Ninth Avenue, Box 359927
Seattle, WA 98104


Dr. Heffron is a member of the faculty of Global Health and jointly appointed in Epidemiology and she has been working within the International Clinical Research Center since 2008. Her research, teaching, and mentoring focuses on advancing the field of HIV prevention, often by leveraging intersections with reproductive health. Currently, she has been particularly focused on oral PrEP and utilizing a variety of methods from the fields of clinical epidemiology and implementation science, including clinical trials and observational studies, causal inference, qualitative research, to study effectiveness and optimizing delivery of oral PrEP among young women and HIV serodiscordant couples in sub-Saharan Africa. For all of this work, she collaborates extensively with colleagues in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, and Lesotho. She teaches HIV/STI Research Methods in Spring Quarter and mentors PhD and MPH students from her departments.Renee Heffron, MPH, PhD, focuses on epidemiologic questions that bridge the areas of reproductive health and HIV prevention including recent work on hormonal contraception and pregnancy and their effect on HIV risk. Dr. Heffron collaborates extensively with investigators in Kenya and Uganda, as well as colleagues in the International Clinical Research Center at UW.

Research Interests

  • HIV prevention
  • PrEP
  • ART
  • HIV and pregnancy
  • HIV and hormonal contraception

Recent Publications (PubMed)

HIV risk and pre-exposure prophylaxis interest among women seeking post-abortion care in Kenya: a cross-sectional study.
(2021 May)
J Int AIDS Soc 24(5): e25703
Heffron R, Casmir E, Aswani L, Ngure K, Kwach B, Ogello V, Kiptinness C, Ambiyo F, Wairimu N, Ossome E, Machafu H, Zia Y, Thomas D, Scoville C, Barker T, Bukusi E, Mugo N

"Being a Person of Color in This Institution Is Exhausting": Defining and Optimizing the Learning Climate to Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Front Public Health 9(): 642477
Gwayi-Chore MC, Del Villar EL, Fraire LC, Waters C, Andrasik MP, Pfeiffer J, Slyker J, Mello SP, Barnabas R, Moise E, Heffron R

Use of fertility awareness methods as a component of safer conception for women in HIV-serodifferent relationships in Kenya.
(2021 Apr 1)
Reprod Health 18(1): 73
Zia Y, Velloza J, Oluoch L, Momanyi R, Mbugua S, Njoroge J, Gakuo S, Mugo E, Thuo N, Kiptinness C, Njuguna N, Ngure K, R Mugo N, Heffron R

Kidney injury biomarkers during exposure to tenofovir-based preexposure prophylaxis.
(2021 Jun 1)
AIDS 35(7): 1147-1149
Nickolas TL, Barasch J, Mugwanya KK, Branch AD, Heffron R, Wanga V, Mugo NR, Ronald A, Celum C, Donnell D, Baeten JM, Wyatt CM, Partners PrEP Study Team.

The Complex Link between the Female Genital Microbiota, Genital Infections, and Inflammation.
(2021 Apr 16)
Infect Immun 89(5):
Dabee S, Passmore JS, Heffron R, Jaspan HB

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