Marija Pantelic

Marija Pantelic

Marija Pantelić is a public health researcher aiming to understand and respond to the psycho-social needs of marginalized communities disproportionately affected by HIV. She is passionate about making the international development sector more evidence-based and accountable to communities. She is currently the Senior Advisor for Research and Evaluation at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, which is a global partnership of civil society organisations that work together to mobilise communities against HIV and AIDS.

Marija works closely with Prof. Lucie Cluver on adolescent HIV and stigma, and has consulted for the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI), USAID, UNAIDS, NAM (National AIDS Manual), Management Sciences for Health, The Urban Institute and Chemonics International. 

She holds a DPhil and MSc from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, Oxford University, and a Summa Cum Laude BA in Sociology and Demography, University of Maryland.

Pantelic, M., Sprague, L., Stangl, A. (in press). 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.

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.

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


Ongoing systematic review protocols:

Marija Pantelic, Janina Steinert, Jay Park, Shaun Mellors, Fungai Murau. A systematic review of interventions aiming to reduce self-stigma among people living with HIV and key populations affected by HIV in low and middle income countries. PROSPERO 2017 CRD42017083972 Available from:

Franziska Meinck, Madison Little, Marija Pantelic, Vasileios Nittas, Heidi Stöckl, Luisa Orza. Interventions to prevent and reduce gender-based violence (GBV) among young people living with, or most affected by, HIV in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. PROSPERO 2018 CRD42018085933 Available from: