Carolyn M. Mazure, PhD

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

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Years active at Yale: 1982-present

Dr. Mazure is being recognized for excellence in clinical science, expertise in women’s health, her leadership roles, and her advocacy for women. As the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women’s Health Research, and professor of psychiatry and psychology, she has been an active clinician, NIH-funded researcher, and director of psychiatry’s adult inpatient program at YNHH. 

Her contributions in women’s health began with her own internationally recognized research in depression. Focusing on the gender differences in this disorder, she was the first to demonstrate how stress is a more potent pathway to depression in women than men, and to use these findings to inform treatment interventions. 

Understanding the importance of gender differences in depression, combined with the recognition that such data are lacking in other fields, she created Women’s Health Research at Yale. Since its inception in 1998, the center has been recognized as a national model for launching research on the influence of sex and gender on human health, translating findings into practice, and providing mentored training. 

This center has provided funding for more than 90 pilot projects in fields from cardiovascular disease to cancer. Fifty-five percent of the PIs are women—many of whom are junior or mid-level faculty whose careers were advanced with this support. 

As associate dean for faculty from 2002 to 2014, Dr. Mazure initiated policies to support a growing faculty and advance equity for women.