Cluver, Lucie

Position:University Lecturer in Evidence-based Social Intervention in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford


Lucie Cluver is a University Lecturer in Evidence-Based Social Intervention, and a Fellow of Wolfson College. She trained as a social worker, and has practiced in South Africa and the U.K. Her research interests are in the impacts on children of AIDS-orphanhood and parental AIDS-illness, particularly mental health, physical health and educational outcomes.

Current projects include a 4-year longitudinal study of mental health amongst 1200 AIDS-orphaned children and other children in Cape Town, with Cape Town Child Welfare Society ( Dr Cluver is working with the South African National Departments of Social Development, Health and Education on the ‘Young Carers Project’: a national survey of 6000 children and 2600 caregivers to determine health and educational impacts of caring for an AIDS-sick caregiver ( Other projects include a cluster randomized controlled trial of psychosocial intervention for orphans and vulnerable children in Mpumalanga, with the University of Witwatersrand and Soul City.

Dr Cluver has acted as a scientific advisor to UNICEF, the WHO, and the South African National Action Committee for Children Affected by AIDS (NACCA). She leads the Centre for AIDS Interdisciplinary Research at Oxford (CAIRO). She speaks terrible Zulu and has a bad habit of missing flights.

Full details Lucie Cluver’s CV and research.




Contact Information:

Telephone (+01865):(2)80370


OVC Wellbeing Content:

Psychological distress amongst AIDS-orphaned children in urban South Africa

Posttraumatic stress in AIDS-orphaned children exposed to high levels of trauma: the protective role of perceived social support

Prevalence of parental death among young people in South Africa and risk for HIV infection

Orphanhood and Completion of Compulsory School Education Among Young People in South Africa: Findings From a National Representative Survey

AIDS-Orphanhood and Caregiver HIV/AIDS Sickness Status: Effects on Psychological Symptoms in South African Youth

Persisting mental health problems among AIDS-orphaned children in South Africa

Effects of stigma on the mental health of adolescents orphaned by AIDS

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