Carolyn M. Mazure PhD

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

Departments & Organizations

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

Office of Student Research

MOREPsychiatry: Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY); Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women's Health; Psychology Section; Women's Behavioral Health Research, Division of; Yale Translational Center to Develop Gender-Sensitive Treatment for Tobacco Dependence


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 in 1998, 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.


  • Ph.D., Penn State University/University Park , 1980

Selected Publication

  • Arnsten A, Mazure CM, Sinha R. This is your brain in meltdown. Scientific American, 306(4): 48-53, 2012 April

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • American Psychological Association Distinguished Leadership Award(2008) , Committee on Women in Psychology
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