Women's Behavioral Health Research Division

The Women’s Behavioral Health Research Division, of the Department of Psychiatry, investigates psychiatric and substance abuse disorders unique to women or more prevalent in women, high-risk behaviors in women associated with poor mental health outcomes, and gender differences in these conditions in order to identify those that manifest differently in women than men and require different interventions.

The work of the Division includes examining the neurobiological and psychosocial underpinnings of psychiatric and substance use disorders in an integrated, interdisciplinary framework that provides new insights and practical information on the etiology, course, treatment, and prevention of disorders. The Division includes members of the Department of Psychiatry as well as faculty members from other departments and sections, including neurobiology, reproductive endocrinology, and health economics, and has a close collaborative relationship with the Division of Substance Abuse.

Division Director: Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D.

The Division’s members have been consistently successful in generating important new findings (examples below), obtaining new grant funding, receiving awards and honors, and serving as highly effective mentors.

Examples of new findings that demonstrate:

  • successful smoking cessation intervention for both male and female high school students
  • the importance of the doctor patient relationship in women with heightened risk for poor obstetrical outcomes
  • gender differences in radiotracer metabolism and plasma protein binding used in neuroimaging studies