Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D., associate dean for faculty affairs, professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY), has received the 2008 Distinguished Leadership Award for Scholarship from the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Women in Psychology (CWP). The award recognizes innovative research and leadership that improve women’s lives and health outcomes.

Mazure founded WHRY in 1998 to respond to the need for gender-specific research.The program provides crucial pilot funds to Yale researchers who employ interdisciplinary approaches to investigate pressing health concerns for women. WHRY also initiates innovative interdisciplinary research collaborations and has an active educational outreach effort to translate research findings for the benefit of the community.

Mazure’s own research focuses on understanding depression and addictive disorders, with a special emphasis on gender-based analyses. “It is a special privilege to be honored by one’s own profession,” says Mazure. “This award highlights the importance of a collective commitment to enhancing the lives of women and insuring women’s health is kept at the forefront of psychological research.”