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 M. Mazure is the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology. She created and directs Yale’s interdisciplinary research center on health and gender - Women’s Health Research at Yale.

Dr. Mazure’s contributions in women’s health began with her own internationally recognized research in the field of depression. Focusing on the prominent gender differences in this disorder, Dr. Mazure developed new approaches for examining risk factors for depression, and was the first to demonstrate how stress is a more potent pathway to depression in women than men.

Understanding the value of uncovering gender differences in the field of depression, combined with recognizing that such data are sorely lacking across many fields of biomedical research, Dr. Mazure designed and launched Women’s Health Research at Yale. Since its inception in 1998, Women's Health Research at Yale has initiated new studies designed to answer important health questions for women, provided health data of practical benefit to the community, built new research collaborations across the nation, and launched new investigators into careers dedicated to studying gender-specific aspects of health.

Since Women’s Health Research at Yale was founded, it has provided more than $4.6 million in “seed” money to fund investigators studying some of the most important health concerns of women today, including breast cancer and ovarian cancer, depression, osteoporosis and smoking cessation. These investigators have used the results of their studies to obtain more than $56 million of external grants to continue their research – a testament to the strength of their work.

Currently, Dr, Mazure also is the Scientific Director for Yale’s National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Specialized Center of Research to develop gender-sensitive treatment for tobacco dependence, and an Investigator on a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-funded study of post-deployment readjustment of women combat veterans to civilian life. In addition, Dr. Mazure is training the next generation of scientists as the Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded Junior Faculty Training Grant in Women’s Health Research.

Her awards for innovations in women’s health research include the Marion Spencer Fay Award from the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the National Organization for Women, and the Distinguished Leadership Award for Scholarship from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mazure has testified to the U.S. Congress on the importance of women’s health research, served on the planning committee for the first White House Conference on Mental Health, and was a Public Health Policy Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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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