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Dr Marija Pantelic

Dr Marija Pantelic

Dr Marija Pantelic (MSc, DPhil)

Lecturer in Public Health
Location: Room 342 Watson Building, Falmer, BN1 9PH

Area of expertise: HIV, adolescent health, health-related stigma, making impact with research 

Research areas: epidemiology, systematic reviews, mixed-methods research

Other faculty positions: Lead for International Student Support, member of the Inclusivity Team



Marija is a Lecturer in Public Health at BSMS. Prior to joining BSMS she was a Senior Advisor for Research and Evaluation the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (now Frontline AIDS), a global partnership of civil society organisations that work together to mobilise communities against HIV and AIDS. Marija is an associate member of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, Oxford University; member of the International Scientific Advisory Board for the AIDS Impact Conference; and member of the Technical Working Group of the Global Partnership for Action to Eliminate HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination. 

Marija is passionate about maximising the utility of research for evidence-based practice and is lucky to work closely with public health and human rights advocates from across the world. Marija also works closely with Prof Lucie Cluver (Center for Evidence-Based Intervention, Oxford University) on adolescent HIV research, and has served as a technical advisor/consultant for numerous public health, international development and civil society organisations including the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI), the Asian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ANPUD), USAID, UNAIDS, National AIDS Manual (NAM), Management Sciences for Health, The Urban Institute and Chemonics International. 


Marija is a social epidemiologist focusing on structural determinants of HIV, the public health impact of stigma, discrimination and marginalisation, community engagement in research and evidence synthesis. 



Marija Teaches on the MSc in Public Health and leads on the following modules: Global Public Health; Principles and Practice of Public Health; and Sexual Health. She supervises PhD and MSc students, as well as MD Individual Research Projects. Prospective students can contact Marija for supervisory consideration. 

Selected publications

Pantelic M, Casale M, Cluver L, Toska E, Moshabela M. (2020) Multiple forms of discrimination and internalized stigma compromise retention in HIV care among adolescents: findings from a South African cohort. J Int AIDS Soc.

Pantelic, M., Steinert, J., Murau, F., Mellors, S. (2019). ‘Management of a spoiled identity’: Systematic review of interventions to address self-stigma among people living with and affected by HIV. BMJ Global Health, 4:e001285 

Pantelic, M., Sprague, L., Stangl, A. (2019). It's not 'all in your head': Critical knowledge gaps on internalized HIV stigma and a call for integrating socio-structural conceptualizations. BMC Infectious Diseases, 19 (210):

Cluver, L., Pantelic, M., Orkin, M., Toska, E., Medley, S., Sherr, L. (2018). Sustainable Survival: Which SDGs protect against mortality risk for adolescents living with HIV? Journal of the International AIDS Society, 21(1, Suppl.):e25056.PMID:29485739. Doi:

Pantelic, M., Stegling, C., Shackleton, S., Restoy, E. (2018). Power to Participants: A call for person-centred HIV prevention services and research. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 21 Suppl 7(Suppl Suppl 7), e25167.

Casale, M., Boyes, M., Pantelic, M., Toska, E., Cluver, L. (2018). Suicidal thoughts and behaviour among South African adolescents living with HIV: can social support buffer the impact of stigma? Journal of Affective Disorders, 15;245:82-90. Doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.10.102.

Pantelic, M., Boyes, M., Cluver, L., & Meinck, F. (2017). HIV, violence, blame and shame : pathways of risk to internalized HIV stigma among South African adolescents living with HIV. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 20(1), 1–9. doi:10.7448/IAS.20.1.21771  

Pantelic, M., Shenderovich, Y., Cluver, L.., Boyes, M. (2015) "Predictors of internalised HIV-related stigma: a systematic review of studies in sub-Saharan Africa", Health Psychology Review. doi: 10.1080/17437199.2014.996243 

Pantelic, M., Cluver, L., Boyes, M., Toska, E., Kuo, C., Moshabela, M. (2014). Medical Pluralism Predicts Non-ART Use among Parents in Need of ART: A Community Survey in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. AIDS and Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10461-014-0852-6

Cluver, L., Boyes, M., Orkin, M., Pantelic, M., Molwena, T., Sherr, L. (2013). Child-focused state cash transfers and adolescent HIV-infection risks: A prospective multi-site study in South Africa. The Lancet: Global Health 1 362-70. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(13)70115-3

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