Marija Pantelic

Marija Pantelić is a Clarendon scholar, DPhil candidate in Social Interventions and Senior Advisor for Research and Evaluation at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. As part of her DPhil, Marija has been a Project Manager and Co-Investigator of Mzantsi Wakho, a cohort study of >1500 adolescents in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. She has consulted for the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) and USAID and UNAIDS implementors such as NAM (National AIDS Manual), Management Sciences for Health, The Urban Institute and Chemonics International. She holds an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from this department and a Summa Cum Laude BA in Sociology and Demography from University of Maryland.
Marija's research focuses on methods to minimise bias from observational studies, research processes to ensure accountability to communities, stigma, and access to health and rights among communities disproportionately affected by HIV. Her DPhil explores factors contributing to internalised HIV-related stigma within a sample of 1060 South African adolescents living with HIV. This research aims to inform policy and programming and was designed in direct collaboration with the South African departments of Health, Social Development and Basic Education. Marija is lucky to collaborate with Prof. Lucie Cluver and a super team of researchers from this department and Universities of Cape Town and Curtin; service providers in over 40 Eastern Cape healthcare facilities; a group of adolescent advisors and data collectors who made this study possible.
Cluver, L.*, Pantelic, M.*, Orkin, M., Toska, E., Medley, S., Sherr, L. (forthcoming): Sustainable Survival: Which SDGs protect against mortality risk for adolescents living with HIV?, Journal of the International AIDS Society.
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
Toska, E., Pantelic, M, Boyes, M, Cluver, L, Meinck, F. (2017): “Sex in the shadow of HIV: A systematic review of prevalence, risk factors, and interventions to reduce sexual risk-taking among HIV-positive adolescents and youth in Sub-Saharan Africa”, PLoS ONE.
Toska, E., Cluver, L., Pantelic, M., Hodes, R. (2017) : “To know or not to know? HIV-status disclosure and protective sexual practices among adolescent girls and boys in South Africa” CSSR Working Paper No. 402, University of Cape Town.
Pantelic, M, Boyes, M, Cluver, L & Thabeng, M (2016): “‘They say HIV is a punishment from God or from ancestors’: Cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric assessment of an HIV stigma scale for South African adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV-SS)”, Child Indicators Research. doi: 10.1007/s12187-016-9428-5
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
Toska, E, Cluver, L, Boyes, M, Pantelic, M & Kuo, C (2015) "From “sugar daddies” to “sugar babies”: Quantitatively testing the pathway between inequitable sexual relationships, condom use, and adolescent pregnancy in South Africa", Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health. doi: DOI: 10.1071/SH14089
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
Pantelic, M., Boyes, M., Cluver, L., Meinck, F. ‘HIV, violence, blame and shame: Internalized HIV stigma among South African HIV-positive adolescents’, Marija Pantelic, Mark Boyes, Lucie Cluver, Franziska Meinck, 14 June 2017, oral presentation at the Southern African AIDS Conference, Durban, South Africa.
Pantelic, M., Boyes, M., Cluver, L., Meinck, F. ‘HIV, blame and shame: Pathways of risk to internalized HIV stigma among South African HIV-positive adolescents’, 17 May 2017, oral and poster presentation INTEREST Workshop, Lilongwe, Malawi.
Hodes, R, Cluver, L. Toska, E. Vale, B. Pantelic, M. Gittings, L. Doubt, J. ‘Teen Voice: What do the Sustainable Development Goals mean for HIV-positive adolescents in Southern Africa?’, 18 May 2017, INTEREST Wokshop, Lilongwe, Malawi.
Pantelic, M. ‘Social and psychological pathways of risk to internalised stigma among HIV-positive adolescents: A structural equation model’, 23 Feb 2017, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
Pantelic, M. ‘HIV is a punishment for bad behaviour': Blame and shame among South African HIV-positive adolescents. 25 May 2016, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford
Pantelic, M. 'How to have impact with policy makers?' 6 May 2016, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
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