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Dr Marija Pantelic

Dr Marija Pantelic

Dr Marija Pantelic (MSc, DPhil, AFHEA)

Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Lead for MSc in Public Health
Location: Watson Building, Falmer, BN1 9PH

Area of expertise: stigma and discrimination, health inequity, HIV, Long Covid, gender-affirming healthcare, adolescent health 

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

Other faculty positions: Inclusivity team



Marija is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Lead for the MSc in Public Health. 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, where she completed her MSc as a Weidenfeld Scholar and DPhil as a Clarendon Scholar. She 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 health stigma researcher using a range of mixed methods, including social epidemiology, co-production and evidence synthesis. Her work aims to depict, quantify, and identify risk and protective pathways to shame, discrimination, marginalisation and resilience among people living with or affected by stigmatised health conditions such as HIV and Long Covid. Her PhD was the first large-scale epidemiological study of stigma experienced by adolescents living with HIV in South Africa. She is currently working on studies examining stigma and health inequities in HIV, gender-affirming care, and Long Covid in the UK, Argentina, Ghana, the Philippines, and Trinidad and Tobago. 

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, including global and national networks of people living with HIV. All of Marija’s work is indebted to marginalised communities, who mobilise, generously share their experiences and advance research for the benefit of health services and their peers.



Marija directs the MSc in Public Health. She leads and/or teaches on the following modules: Global Public Health; Principles and Practice of Public Health; Epidemiology; 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, Ziauddeen N, Boyes M, et al. Long covid stigma: estimating burden and validating scale in a UK-based sample. medRxiv 2022.05.26.22275585. [Preprint.] doi:10.1101/2022.05.26.22275585 

Ramasawmy M, Mu Y, Clutterbuck D, Pantelic M, Lip GYH, van der Feltz-Cornelis C, et al. (2022) STIMULATE-ICP-CAREINEQUAL (Symptoms, Trajectory, Inequalities and Management: Understanding Long-COVID to Address and Transform Existing Integrated Care Pathways) study protocol: Defining usual care and examining inequalities in Long Covid support. PLoS ONE 17(8): e0271978. 

Pantelic, M., Steinert, J.I., Ayala, G., Sprague, L., Chang, J., Thomas, R.M., Nininahazwe, C., Caswell, G., Bach-Mortensen, A.M. and Bourne, A. (2022) Addressing epistemic injustice in HIV research: a call for reporting guidelines on meaningful community engagement. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 25 (1). a25880 1-5. ISSN 1758-2652 

Pantelic, M., Martin, K., Fitzpatrick, C., Nixon, E., Tweed, M., Spice, W., Jones, M., Darking, M., Whetham, J., & Vera, J. H. (2021). “I have the strength to get through this using my past experiences with HIV”: findings from a mixed-method survey of health outcomes, service accessibility, and psychosocial wellbeing among people living with HIV during the Covid-19 pandemic. 1–7. 

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. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 23(5). 

Boyes, M. E., Pantelic, M., Casale, M., Toska, E., Newnham, E., & Cluver, L. D. (2020). Prospective associations between bullying victimisation, internalised stigma, and mental health in South African adolescents living with HIV. Journal of Affective Disorders, 276, 418–423. 

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 

Yi, S., Sok, S., Chhim, S., Chhoun, P., Chann, N., Tuot, S., Mun, P., & Pantelic, M. (2019). Access to community-based HIV services among transgender women in Cambodia: findings from a national survey. International Journal for Equity in Health, 18(1), 72. 

Casale, M., Boyes, M., Pantelic, M., Toska, E., & Cluver, L. (2019). Suicidal thoughts and behaviour among South African adolescents living with HIV: Can social support buffer the impact of stigma? Journal of Affective Disorders, 245. 

Pantelic, M., Sprague, L., & Stangl, A. L. (2019). It’s not “all in your head”: critical knowledge gaps on internalized HIV stigma and a call for integrating social and structural conceptualizations. BMC Infectious Diseases, 19(1), 210.

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