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Faculty and Staff Profile

Moonseong Heo


Office: Clemson Nursing at Greenville,

Phone: 864-455-1132


Educational Background

PhD Statistics
University of Rochester 1996

MA Statistics
University of Rochester 1991

MA Applied Statistics in Economics
Yonsei University 1987

BA Economics
Yonsei University 1985

Courses Taught

HLTH 8290: Epidemiological Study Design and Analysis
HLTH 8310: Quantitative Analysis in Health Research I

Research Interests

The areas of my research interest include clinical trial design and analysis, obesity epidemiology, opioid use disorder epidemiology and associated infectious diseases, and pediatric quality improvement.

Research Publications

Since 2021 (Updated December 2022)
Beachler TS, Zeller TA, Heo M, Lanzillotta-Rangeley J, Litwin AH. (2021) Community attitudes toward opioid use disorder and medication for opioid Use disorder in a rural Appalachian county. The Journal of Rural Health, 37, 29-34. PMID: 32738095
Rinke ML, Heo M, Saiman L, Bundy DG, Rosenberg R, DeLaMora P, Rabin B, Zachariah P, Mirhaji P, Ford WJH, Obaro-Best O, Drasher M, Klein E, Peshansky A, Oyeku S. (2021) Pediatric ambulatory central line-associated blood stream infections. Pediatrics, 147, e20200524. PMID: 33386333
Philips K, Dadlez N, Fazzari M, Samuel S, Southern W, Heo M, Azad N, Drasher M, Rinke ML. (2021) Effect of real-time feedback devices on primary care patient experience scores: A cluster-randomized trial. Journal of Patient Experience. Journal of Patient Experience, Feb; 8, 2374373521996957
Pericot-Valverde I, Rennert LI, Heo M, Niu J, Akiyama MJ, Norton BL, Agyemang L, Lumsden BL, Litwin AH. Litwin A. (2021) Rates of Perfect Self-Reported Adherence to Direct-Acting Antiviral Therapy and Its Correlates Among People Who Inject Drugs on Opioid Agonist Therapy: The PREVAIL Study. Journal of Viral Hepatitis, Mar; 28, 548-557.
Rennert L, Heo M, Litwin AH, De Gruttola V. (2021) Accounting for confounding by time, early intervention adoption, and time-varying effect modification in the design and analysis of stepped-wedge designs: Application to a proposed study design to reduce opioid-related mortality. BMC Medical Research Methodology, Mar; 21, 53.
Bachhuber MA, Nash D, Sothern WN, Heo M, Berger M, Schepis M, Thakral M, Cunningham CO. (2021) Effect of changing electronic health record opioid analgesic dispense quantity defaults on the quantity prescribed: A cluster randomized controlled trial. JAMA Network Open, Apr; 4, e217481.
Howard KA, Rennert L, Pericot-Valverde I, Heo M, Norton BL, Akiyama MJ, Agyemang L, Litwin AH. (2021) Utilizing patient perception of group treatment environment in exploring medication adherence, social support, and quality of life outcomes in people who inject drugs with Hepatitis C. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Jul, 126, 108459.
Norton BL, Akiyama MJ, Arnsten JH, Agyemang JH, Heo M, Litwin LH. (2021) High HCV Cure Rates among People Who Inject Drugs and have Suboptimal Adherence: A Patient-Centered Approach to HCV Models of Care. International Journal of Drug Policy, Jul; 93, 103135.
Pericot-Valverde I, Heo M, Litwin AH, Niu J, Gaalema D. (2021) Modeling the Effect of Stress on Vaping Lapse Behavior among Young Adults: A Randomized Cross-Over Pilot Study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Aug; 225, 108798.
Rinke ML, Bundy DG, Heo M, Saiman L, Rabin B, Zachariah P, Rosenberg R, DeLaMora P, Mirhaji P, Drasher M, Obaro-Best O, Ford WJH, Klein E, Zarowin D, Peshansky A, Oyeku S. (2021) Pediatric SSI Following Ambulatory Surgery: Incidence, Risk Factors and Patient Outcomes. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Aug; 1-7
Heo M, Martin SN, Tunzi N, Zaret E, Wylie-Rosett J. (2021) School-based HealthyMe curricula on health behaviors and weight. Health Behavior and Policy Review, Sep; 8(5), 438-450.
Minhas H, Akiyama MJ, Norton BL, Heo M, Litwin AH. (2021) HIV and HCV Treatment Adherence and Outcomes Among People Who Inject Drugs Receiving Opioid Agonist Therapy. AIDS Care, Sep; 17, 1-5.
Vorland CJ, Brown AW, Dawson J, Dickinson S, Golzarri-Arroyo L, Hannon B, Heo M, Heymsfield SB, Jayawardene W, Kahathuduwa C, Keith SW, Oakes M, Tekwe C, Thabane L, Allison DB. Errors in the implementation, analysis, and reporting of randomization within obesity and nutrition research: a guide to their avoidance. International Journal of Obesity, Nov; 45, 2335-2346.
Heo M, Pericot-Valverde I, Rennert L, Akiyama M, Norton B, Gormley M, Agyemang L, Arnsten JH, Litwin AH. (2021) Hepatitis C virus treatment adherence patterns and SVR among people who inject drugs treated in OAT programs. Clinical Infectious Diseases, Dec; 73, 2093-2100.
Ford WJH, Bundy D, Oyeku S, Heo M, Saiman L, Rosenberg R, DeLaMora P, Rabin B, Zachariah P, Mirhaji P, Klein E, Obaro-Best O, Drasher M, Peshansky A, Rinke ML. (2021) Central Venous Catheter Salvage in Pediatric Ambulatory Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection. Pediatrics, Dec; 148, e2020042069
Gormley MA, Pericot-Valverde I, Diaz L, Coleman A, Lancaster J, Ortiz E, Moschella P. Heo M, Litwin AH. (2021) Effectiveness of peer recovery support services on stages of the OUD treatment cascade: a systemic review. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Dec; 229, 109123.
Felsen U, Tlamsa A, Moir L, Shukla S, Thompson D, Weiss J, Heo M, Litwin A. (2022) Comparing routine HIV and Hepatitis C screening to estimate the impact of required consent on HIV screening rates among hospitalized patients. Public Health Reports, Jan-Feb; 137, 102-109.
Rea CJ, Brady TM, Bundy DG, Heo M, Faro E, Giuliano K, Goliav B, Kelly P, Orringer K, Tarini BA, Twombley K, Rinke ML. (2022) Pediatrician adherence to guidelines for diagnosis and management of high blood pressure. Journal of Pediatrics, Mar; 242, e1.
Zeller T, Beachler T, Diaz L, Thomas R, Heo M, Lanzillotta-Rangeley J, Litwin AH. (2022) Attitudes Toward Syringe Services Programs in a Rural Appalachian Community. Journal of Addictive Diseases, Apr-Jun; 40, 227-234.
Nunes C, Jesus F, Francisco R, Matias CN, Heo M, Heymsfield SB, Bosy-Westphal A, Sardinha LB, Martins P, Minderico CS, Silva AM. (2022) Adaptive thermogenesis after moderate weight loss: magnitude and methodological issues European Journal of Nutrition, 61, 1405-1416.
Gormley MA, Akiyama MJ Rennert L, Howard KA, Norton BN, Pericot-Valverde I, Muench S, Heo M, Litwin AH. (2022) Changes in health-related quality of life for hepatitis virus-infected people who injects drugs while on opioid agonist treatment following sustained virologic response. Clinical Infectious Diseases, May; 74, 1586-1593.
Nolan MS, Daguise V, Davis M, Duwve JM, Sherrill WW, Heo M, Litwin AH, Kanyangarara M, Self S, Huang R, Eberth JM, Gonzalez LG, Lynn MK, Korte J and the SC STRONG project team. (2022) SARS-CoV-2 Viral Incidence, Antibody Point Prevalence, Associated Population Characteristics and Vaccine Attitudes-South Carolina, February 2021 Public Health Reports, May-Jun; 137, 457-462.
Gormley MA, Nolan MS, Heo M, Litwin AH, Alier A, Daguise V. (2022) Difference in motivating factors for SARS-CoV-2 vaccination and perceptions of infections risk among healthcare and EMS personnel in South Carolina. Southern Medical Journal, Jun; 115, 381-387.
Heymsfield SB, Smith B, Chung EA, Watts KL, Gonzalez MC, Kennedy S, Yang S, Heo M, Thomas DM, Bosy-Westphal A, Muller MJ. (2022) Phenotypic differences between people varying muscularity, Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, Apr; 13, 1100-1112.
Pericot-Valverde I, Heo M, Niu J, Rennert L, Norton BL, Akiyama MJ, Arnsten JH, Litwin AH. (2022) Relationship Between Depressive Symptoms and Adherence to Direct-Acting Antivirals: Implications for Hepatitis C Treatment among People Who Inject Drugs on Medications for Opioid Use Disorder. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, May; 234, 109403.
Pericot-Valverde I, Perez A, Heo M, Coleman A, Ortiz E, Litwin A. (2022) Rationale, design, and methodology of a randomized pilot trial of an integrated intervention combining computerized behavioral therapy and recovery coaching for people with opioid use disorder: The OVERCOME study. Contemporary Clinical Trials, May; 28, 100918.

In Press:
Pietrobelli A, Fearnbach SN, Pecoraro L, Ferruzzi A, Vrech M, Heo M, Faith M, Pecoraro L, Zoller T, Antoniazzi F, Piacentini G, Heymsfield SB. Effects of COVID-19 Lockdown on Lifestyle Behaviors in Children: Longitudinal Study Update. Obesity Science & Practice
Bachhuber MA, Nash D, Southern WN, Heo M, Berger M, Shepis M, Sugarman OK, Cunningham CO. Reducing opioid analgesic prescribing in dentistry through prescribing defaults: a cluster randomized controlled trial. Pain Medicine
Brady TM, MD, Goilav B, MD, Tarini BA, Heo M, Bundy DG, Rea CJ, Twombley K, Giuliano K, Orringer K, Kelly P, Rinke ML. Home Blood Pressure Monitoring: Feasibility and Concordance with Clinic-Based Manual Blood Pressure Measurements. Hypertension
Martin M, Roth PJ, Niu J, Pericot-Valverde I, Heo M, Padi A, Norton BL, Akiyama MJ, Litwin AH. Changes in alcohol use during hepatitis C treatment in persons who inject drugs. Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Litwin AH, Lum PJ, Taylor LE, Mehta SH, Tsui JI, Feinberg J, Kim AY, Norton BL, Heo M, Arnsten JH, Meissner P, Karasz A, Mckee MD, Ward JW, Johnson N, Pericot-Valverde I, Agyemang L, Stein ES, Thomas A, Borsuk C, Blalock KL, Wilkinson S, Wagner K, Roche J, Murray-Krezan C, Anderson J, Jacobsohn V, Luetkemeyer A, Falade-Nwulia O, Page K, and HERO Study Group. Patient-centered models of hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs: a randomised pragmatic trial. The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Crockett AH, Chen L, Heberlein EC, Britt JL, Covington-Kolb S, Witrick B, Doherty E, Zhang L, Borders A, Keenan-Devlin L, Smart B, Miller G, Heo M. Group versus traditional prenatal care for improving racial equity in preterm birth and low birthweight: the Cradle randomized clinical trial study. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Heymsfield SB, Ludwig DS, Wong JMW, McCarthy C, Heo M, Shepherd J, Ebbeling C. Are methods of estimating fat-free mass loss with energy-restricted diets accurate? European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Pericot-Valverde I, Byrne KA, Heo M, Niu J, Litwin A, Gaalema DE. Effects of short-term nicotine deprivation on delay discounting among young, experienced, exclusive ENDS users: An initial study. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Heo M, Pericot-Valverde I, Niu J, Norton BL, Akiyama MJ, Nahvi S, Arnsten JH, Alain AH. More intensive hepatitis C virus care models promote adherence among people who inject drugs with active drug use: The PREVAIL Study. Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Zeller TA, Beben KE, Kong M, Martonffy I, Patterson S, Deas WE, Heo M, Keister DM. Longitudinal Interleaved Residency Training (LIRT): A Consensus Definition. Family Medicine

Honors and Awards

Statistical Editorial Board, International Journal of Obesity
Statistical Editorial Board, JAMA Network Open
Editorial Board, Child and Adolescent Obesity
Editorial Board, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)
Fellow, The Obesity Society



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