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)

Recent Advances and New Challenges in Cisgender Women's Gynecologic and Obstetric Health in the Context of HIV.
(2021 Sep 1)
Clin Obstet Gynecol 64(3): 475-490
Deese J, Heffron R, Jaspan H, Masson L, Smit JA, Sibeko S

ART initiation among women newly diagnosed with HIV in a contraceptive trial in sub-Saharan Africa.
(2021 Jun 27)
Beesham I, Issema R, Palanee-Phillips T, Onono M, Evans S, Beksinska M, Ahmed K, Kasaro MP, Batting J, Deese J, Dlamini L, Yankurije B, Thomas KK, Heffron R, *ECHO Trial Consortium.

Perceived Social Influences on Women's Decisions to use Medications not Studied in Pregnancy. A Qualitative Ethical Analysis of Preexposure Prophylaxis Implementation Research in Kenya.
(2021 Jul)
J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics 16(3): 225-237
Ngure K, Trinidad SB, Beima-Sofie K, Kinuthia J, Matemo D, Kimemia G, Njoroge A, Achiro L, Pintye J, Mugo NR, Bukusi EA, Baeten JM, Heffron R, John-Stewart G, Kelley MC

Incorporating oral PrEP into standard prevention services for South African women: a nested interrupted time-series study.
(2021 Aug)
Lancet HIV 8(8): e495-e501
Donnell D, Beesham I, Welch JD, Heffron R, Pleaner M, Kidoguchi L, Palanee-Phillips T, Ahmed K, Baron D, Bukusi EA, Louw C, Mastro TD, Smit J, Batting JR, Malahleha M, Bailey VC, Beksinska M, Rees H, Baeten JM, ECHO Trial Consortium.

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

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