Claudia Stoicescu


Dr. Claudia Stoicescu’s research explores the impact of police enforcement activities on HIV risk, prevention and treatment outcomes among marginalized populations, including women who inject drugs and persons involved with the criminal justice system. Her research is rooted in participatory, community-based approaches and employs integrated knowledge translation to inform appropriate interventions and relevant policy decisions.  

At SIG, Dr. Stoicescu will examine the gendered impacts of policing on health HIV outcomes of people who use drugs with Drs. El-Bassel and Gilbert.


Dr. Claudia Stoicescu is a public health researcher who is passionate about addressing the inequities faced by marginalized groups affected by HIV and substance use criminalization. She joined SIG in 2020, bringing over ten years of experience in global health research and practice on evidence-based responses to HIV and gender-based violence among people who inject drugs, with a focus on low- and middle-income contexts. Dr. Stoicescu’s research has been published in leading journals in HIV and substance use, including AIDS and Behavior, International Journal of Drug Policy and Advances in Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Stoicescu received her D.Phil in Social Intervention (2018) and her MSc in Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation (2010) from the University of Oxford (UK). Her doctoral research, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and highly commended by the 2018 Oxford Vice Chancellor’s Research Innovation Awards, investigated the syndemic intersections between substance use, HIV, and gender-based violence in the first large-scale representative study of women who inject drugs in Indonesia. During her time as a fellow, Dr. Stoicescu is collaborating on a number of studies with researchers at SIG, Oxford Centre for Criminology, and Atma Jaya University HIV and AIDS Research Centre.

Dr. Stoicescu is enthusiastic about using her public health expertise for social change. She regularly consults for and provides technical assistance to United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organizations, community networks, service providers, the private sector, and governments on key issues affecting marginalized communities through data-driven, strategic, effective and timely programming and policy advice.


Stoicescu C, Ameilia R, Irwanto, Praptoraharjo I, Mahanani M (2019) Syndemic and synergistic effects of intimate partner violence, crystal methamphetamine, and depression on HIV sexual risk behavior among women who inject drugs in Indonesia. Journal of Urban Health. (96)3: 477-496. DOI: 10.1007/s11524-019-00352-6.

Stoicescu C, Cluver L, Spreckelsen T, Casale M, Sudweo AG, Irwanto (2018) Intimate partner violence and HIV-related sexual risk behavior among women who inject drugs in Indonesia: findings from a respondent-driven sampling study. AIDS and Behavior 22(10): 3307-3323 DOI: 10.1007/s10461-018-2186-2.

Stoicescu C, Cluver L, Spreckelsen T, Mahanani M, Ameilia R (2018) Intimate partner violence and receptive syringe sharing among women who inject drugs: results from a respondent-driven sampling study. International Journal of Drug Policy. 63:1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.08.009.

Pinkham S, Stoicescu C, Myers B (2012) Developing effective health interventions for women who inject drugs: Key areas and recommendations for program development. Advances in Preventive Medicine. DOI: 10.1155/2012/269123.