Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Scholar Program

Yale BIRCWH Scholar Program on Women's Health and Addictive Behaviors

The Yale BIRCWH Scholar Program provides interdisciplinary research skill development through mentoring, coaching and team science experience for junior faculty interested in a research career focused on women’s health and addictive behaviors. Its goal is to develop independent investigators with the skills necessary to make enduring contributions to the prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors which result in direct practical benefit for women and their families. The program is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health. Each junior faculty scholar has the opportunity to work intensively with at least two of 25 mentors who all have extensive independent research programs.


2014 Positions: We are currently no longer accepting applications for the 2014 cycle.

Carolyn M. Mazure

Principal Investigator

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

Sherry McKee

Research Director

Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Yale Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory; Clinical Director, FORDD Addiction Clinic

Jacob Kraemer Tebes

Team Science Advisor

Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), in the Child Study Center and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry; Director, The Consultation Center; Chief Psychologist, Connecticut Mental Health Center

Junior Faculty Scholars

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DeVito, Elise E.
Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry
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Schaller, Tomoko Udo
Professor of Psychiatry 
Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry
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Smith, Megan Veenema

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
Director, New Haven Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership


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Thompson, Azure

Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry