Marija Pantelić is a Clarendon scholar and DPhil candidate in social interventions. Marija is interested in methods to minimize bias from observational studies, evidence-based responses to HIV-related stigma, and access to healthcare among people living with HIV.
Marija is a Project Manager at Mzantsi Wakho, a cohort study of >1300 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 DPhil is exploring factors contributing to internalised HIV-related stigma within a sample of 1000 South African adolescents living with HIV. This research aims to inform policy and was designed in direct collaboration with the South African departments of Health, Social Development and Basic Education. Marija is lucky to work within a super team of researchers from this department and Universities of Cape Town and Curtin; service providers in over 40 Eastern Cape healthcare facilities; and fieldworkers who make this study possible.