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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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Carolyn M Mazure, PhD



Carolyn M. Mazure is the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women’s Health, and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Yale.

After three years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and fellowship training at Yale, Dr. Mazure was invited to join the Yale faculty — becoming an active clinician, a researcher funded by the NIH, and Director of Psychiatry’s Adult Inpatient Program at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Her contributions in women’s health began with her internationally recognized research in depression. She was the first to demonstrate how stress is a more potent pathway to depression in women than men and use these findings to inform treatment interventions.

Understanding the value of uncovering sex and gender differences in the field of depression and recognizing that such data are sorely lacking in other fields, Dr. Mazure designed and directs Women’s Health Research at Yale, the university’s interdisciplinary research center on the interplay of sex, gender, and health.

Since its inception in 1998, the center has become a national model for launching research on the influence of sex and gender on human health, translating findings into practice, sharing health information with the public and policymakers, and providing mentored training in interdisciplinary team science.

She has been an invited speaker at diverse venues, such as NASA and the Smithsonian Institution, and has been a featured expert on ABC’s “Prime Time Live” and in the BBC documentary “The Science of Stress.” Her books include “Does Stress Cause Psychiatric Illness?” and “Understanding Depression in Women: Applying Empirical Research to Practice and Policy.”

Dr. Mazure has served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the NIH Office for Research on Women’s Health. She has provided testimony to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on the importance of women’s health research. She also has served on the planning committee for the First White House Conference on Mental Health and as a fellow for the U.S. Congress’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Her many honors include the Marion Spencer Fay Award from the Institute for Women’s Health, the American Psychological Association Distinguished Leadership Award from the Committee on Women in Psychology, the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the National Organization for Women, and a U.S. Public Health Fellowship.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Yale School of Medicine (1982)
  • Post Doctoral
    Yale University Health Services (1981)
  • PhD
    Penn State University/University Park (1980)


  • Studying Women's Health: Findings and Implications
    Paris, IDF, France 2019
    Invited Speaker, Studying Women's Health: Findings and Implications
  • Studying Women's Health: Findings and implications
    Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France 2019
    Invited Speaker, Studying Women's Health: Findings and Implications
  • Life Stress and Cognitive Style in the Prediction of Late Life Depression
    Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden 2005
    Invited Speaker, Life Stress and Cognitive Style in the Prediction of Late Life Depression, International Psychogeriatric Association, 12th International Congress
  • Understanding the Interaction of Stress and Gender in Predicting Depression
    Berlin, Berlin, Germany 2001
    Invited Speaker, Understanding the Interaction of Stress and Gender in Predicting Depression, First World Congress on Women and Mental Health

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Whitney Humanities Center FellowYale University2016, 2017
Sidney J. Blatt Award, in Recognition of Exceptional Achievement as a Clinician, Researcher, and ScholarYale Department of Psychiatry, Psychology Section's Highest Award2016
Distinguished Administrative Woman in Higher Education Leadership AwardConnecticut American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network2015
ElectedConnecticut Academy of Science and Engineering2010
InductedConnecticut Women's Hall of Fame2009
American Psychological Association Distinguished Leadership AwardCommittee on Women in Psychology2008
Elizabeth Blackwell AwardNational Organization for Women — Connecticut Chapter2007
Marion Spencer Fay AwardInstitute for Women's Health and Leadership2007
The Stephen Fleck Clinician and Teacher Faculty AwardDepartment of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine1994
U.S. Public Health Service Fellowship1979

Professional Service

International Journal of Women's Dermatology, IJWD, Editorial BoardBoard Member2018 - Present
Advisory Committee for the NIH Office for Research on Women's HealthConsultant/Advisory Committee2014 - Present
The New England Network on Faculty Affairs (NENFA) Steering CommitteeConsultant/Advisory Committee2012 - 2014
Consensus Report on The Status of Women & Girls in New Haven, Community Services Administration, City of New Haven, CTInvited Co-Chair2012
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Women's Health Advisory BoardConsultant/Advisory Committee2012 - 2014
Scientific Workshop: Public Policy Implications of a New National Institutes of Health Women's Health Research Agenda, George Washington University, Washington, DCInvited Participant2010
American College of Radiology Forum on Leadership, Reston, VirginiaInvited Consultant2007
Jacobs Institute of Women's Health at George Washington University (Washington, D.C.)Consultant/Advisory Committee2006 - Present
Surgeon General's Workshop on Women's Mental HealthConsultant/Advisory Committee2005 - Present
Behavioral Health Space Flight Review Panel, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Consultant/Advisory Committee2005 - Present
Community Fund for Women and Girls, Community Foundation for Greater New HavenBoard Member2004 - 2010
Public Health Policy Fellow on the Democratic Staff of the Government Reform Committee for ranking Democratic member Henry A. Waxman of the U.S. House of RepresentativesFellow2004 - Present
Jane Wilson Smith Invited Lectureship at Tulane UniveristyLecturer2004 - Present
American Psychological Association's Summit on Women and Depression, ChairConsultant/Advisory Committee2000 - Present
First White House Conference on Mental HealthConsultant/Advisory Committee1999 - Present
Permanent Commission on the Status of Women for the State of ConnecticutConsultant/Advisory Committee1999 - Present
The Journal of Women's HealthEditorial Board1999 - Present
National Institute of Mental Health — Clinical Psychopathology Review CommitteeNIH Study Section1995 - 1999

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