Carolyn M Mazure, PhD

Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology; Director, Women's Health Research at Yale

Departments & Organizations


Office of Student Research

Psychiatry: Psychology Section | Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) to Develop Gender-Sensitive Treatment for Tobacco Dependence | Women's Behavioral Health Research, Division of | Yale Translational Center to Develop Gender-Sensitive Treatment for Tobacco Dependence


Women's Health Research at Yale: Junior Faculty Training Program


Carolyn Mazure is the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale School of Medicine. She created and directs Women’s Health Research at Yale —Yale’s interdisciplinary research center on health and gender. The Center initiates and supports innovative biomedical studies to advance the health of women, shares findings with the public, and provides mentored training in interdisciplinary team science. Since its inception in 1998, the center has been recognized as a national model for launching new research on the influence of sex and gender on human health and translating findings into practice.

Her own research focuses on the development of models for understanding depression and addictive behaviors (particularly smoking), with a special emphasis on the effects of stress and the role of sex and gender. She is the Scientific Director of Yale’s Specialized Center of Research — funded by the National Institutes of Health — which develops gender-sensitive treatments for tobacco dependence; the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Yale Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Scholar Program, providing research training for entry-level faculty focused on women’s health and addictive behaviors; and a consultant to the Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science.

Dr. Mazure served on the planning committee for the First White House Conference on Mental Health, was a fellow for the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired the American Psychological Association’s Summit on Women and Depression, and has provided testimony to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on the importance of women’s health research. Recently, she was asked to join the Advisory Committee for the NIH Office for Research on Women’s Health.

She has been an invited speaker at diverse venues ranging from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution to the International Psychogeriatric Association Meetings in Stockholm, Sweden. She has been a featured expert on ABC’s “Prime Time Live” and in the BBC documentary “The Science of Stress.” Her books include “Does Stress Cause Psychiatric Illness?” and “Understanding Depression in Women: Applying Empirical Research to Practice and Policy.” Dr. Mazure is the recipient of the Stephen Fleck Clinician and Teacher Award from Yale, and her national awards include the Marion Spencer Fay Award from the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, the American Psychological Association Distinguished Leadership Award from the Committee on Women in Psychology, and a U.S. Public Health Fellowship.

Education & Training

PhD Penn State University/University Park (1980)
Fellow Yale University Health Services
Post Doctoral Yale University School of Medicine

Honors & Recognition

  • ElectedConnecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (2010)

  • InductedConnecticut Women's Hall of Fame (2009)

  • American Psychological Association Distingushed Leadership AwardCommittee on Women in Psychology (2008)

  • Elizabeth Blackwell AwardNational Organization for Women — Connecticut Chapter (2007)

  • Marion Spencer Fay AwardInstitute for Women's Health and Leadership (2007)

  • The Stephen Fleck Clinician and Teacher Faculty AwardDepartment of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine (1994)

  • U.S. Public Health Service Fellowship (1979)

Professional Service

  • Consultant/Advisory Committee Jacobs Institute of Women's Health at George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) (2006)

  • Consultant/Advisory Committee Surgeon General's Workshop on Women's Mental Health (2005)

  • Consultant/Advisory Committee Behavioral Health Space Flight Review Panel, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (2005)

  • Board Member Community Fund for Women and Girls, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (2004 - 2010)

  • Fellow Public Health Policy Fellow on the Democratic Staff of the Government Reform Committee for ranking Democratic member Henry A. Waxman of the U.S. House of Representatives (2004)

  • Lecturer Jane Wilson Smith Invited Lectureship at Tulane Univeristy (2004)

  • Consultant/Advisory Committee American Psychological Association's Summit on Women and Depression, Chair (2000)

  • Consultant/Advisory Committee First White House Conference on Mental Health (1999)

  • Consultant/Advisory Committee Permanent Commission on the Status of Women for the State of Connecticut (1999)

  • Editorial Board The Journal of Women's Health (1999)

  • NIH Study Section National Institute of Mental Health — Clinical Psychopathology Review Committee (1995 - 1999)

International Activity

  • Consultant, French National Scientific Research Center, University of Bordeaux Talence, France (2013 - 2013)

  • Site Reviewer, Centres for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Addictions, Canadian Institutes for Health Research Ottawa, Canada (2008 - 2008)

  • External Program Reviewer, The Centre for Research in Women's Health, University of Toronto Toronto, Canada (2006 - 2006)

  • Invited Speaker, Life Stress and Cognitive Style in the Prediction of Late Life Depression, International Psychogeriatric Association, 12th International Congress Stockholm, Sweden (2005 - 2005)

  • Consultant, The Risk/Resilience Laboratory, The Department of Behavioral Sciences of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Be'er Sheva, Israel (2005 - 2009)

  • Invited Speaker, Understanding the Interaction of Stress and Gender in Predicting Depression, First World Congress on Women and Mental Health Berlin, Germany (2001 - 2001)

  • Featured Expert and Consultant, The Science of Stress, Discovery Health / BBC Production London, United Kingdom (2001 - 2001)

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Carolyn M Mazure, PhD
Mailing Address
135 College Street
Suite 220

New Haven, CT 06510