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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

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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 Research, and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology. After three years at the National Institutes of Health and fellowship training at Yale, Dr. Mazure joined the Yale faculty — becoming an active clinician and NIH-funded researcher. She was the Director of Psychiatry’s Adult Inpatient Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and has held a variety of other leadership roles, including Associate Dean for Faculty at Yale School of Medicine, Scientific Director of NIH-funded SCOR(E) interdisciplinary research grants, and PI of NIH-funded junior faculty training grants.

She created Women’s Health Research at Yale, the university’s interdisciplinary research center on the health of women and the interplay of sex, gender, and health. The center studies a wide breadth of topics from cardiovascular disease to cancers. Since its inception in 1998, the center has been recognized as a national model for launching research, translating findings, sharing health information with the public and policymakers, and providing mentored training in interdisciplinary team science.

In 2023, Dr. Mazure was appointed Chair of the White House Initiative on Women's Health Research, which aims to fundamentally change how the nation approaches and funds women's health research.

Her research contributions have focused on depression, the single greatest cause of disability for women in the U.S. and globally, including the sex-and-gender-specific relationship of stress to depression and co-occurring addictive behaviors (such as smoking, and opioid use and misuse). Current research targets the intersection of biological and social factors affecting the health of women, gender-specific strategies for promoting resilience, and health policies that serve to advance economic stability for women.

Dr. Mazure has served on the Advisory Committee for the NIH Office for Research on Women’s Health, provided testimony to the U.S. Congress on the health of women, served on the planning committee for the First White House Conference on Mental Health, and was a fellow for the U.S. Congress’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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

Her national honors include the Marion Spencer Fay Award from the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, 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. Additional honors include Yale’s Stephen Fleck Clinician and Teacher Award and the Sidney J. Blatt Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, Teaching, and Research.

Education & Training

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


  • Defining Sex and Gender
    Washington, DC 2023
    Invited Speaker, National Academy of Medicine Annual Meeting
  • How to Incorporate Sex as a Biological Variable in Your Research
    Atlanta, GA 2022
    Keynote Speaker, Emory Specialized Center of Research Excellence on Sex Differences (Emory SCORE)
  • Frank P. Soldo III Lecture in Psychiatry Grand Rounds
    Boston, MA 2021
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Women, Opioids and Addiction
    Lebanon, NH 2021
    Invited Speaker, Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital
  • Studying Women’s Health: Findings and Implications
    Paris, IDF, France 2019
    Invited Speaker, Sorbonne Université
  • Research on Women’s Health
    Bethesda, MD 2019
    Invited Participant, National Institutes of Health
  • Studying Women's Health: Findings and implications
    Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France 2019
    Invited Speaker, University of Bordeaux
  • The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic
    New York, NY 2018
    United Hospital Fund and the Millbank Memorial Fund
  • Interdisciplinary Team Science: Are academic institutions accommodating our evolving science?
    Arlington, VA 2018
    NIH Office for Research on Women’s Health Symposium
  • Brain Health: Connecting the Dots: Heart, Hormones, and Gender Research
    New York, NY 2018
    Invited Speaker, Annual Ideagen Empowering Women and Girls Summit
  • Research on Women’s Health
    Bethesda, MD 2017
    Invited Participant, National Institutes of Health
  • The Interplay of Stress, Gender and Cardiovascular Disease
    Rochester, MN 2016
    Keynote Speaker, Mayo Clinic
  • Sex and Gender: Affecting Scientific Outcomes, Deriving Clinical Value
    Bethesda, MD 2016
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Biologic Variability to Drug Response: Sex Differences in Clinical Trials
    Washington, DC 2016
    Participant, Food and Drug Administration
  • Making the World a Better Place: A Healthy World Means Healthy Women
    Washington, DC 2013
    YaleWomen Global Conference, in association with Yale World Fellows and the Yale Alumni Association, Inaugural Conference
  • Women’s Mental Health
    Washington, DC 2008
    Congressional Women’s Roundtable sponsored by the Harvard Institute on Politics
  • Gender Differences in Mental Health and Chronic Disease Conference, Women and Smoking: Easier to become addicted and more difficult to quit?
    New Orleans, LA 2008
    Tulane University Health Sciences Center
  • Women’s Health Research: Transforming Historical Lessons into New Scientific Applications
    Richmond, VA 2007
    Keynote Address, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Women’s Mental Health
    Denver, CO 2005
    Surgeon General’s Workshop
  • Life Stress and Cognitive Style in the Prediction of Late Life Depression
    Stockholm, Sweden 2005
    Invited Speaker, International Psychogeriatric Association, 12th International Congress
  • Women’s Health Research: Where Do We Go From Here?
    Washington, DC 2004
    NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health
  • Evolving knowledge and Transforming Practice in Women’s Health
    New Orleans, LA 2004
    Jane Wilson Smith Invited Lectureship at Tulane University
  • Factoring Gender into Health Research: New Data and Practical Benefits
    Boston, MA 2003
    Keynote Lecture, 8th Annual Conference on Women’s Health and the Environment, Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation
  • Establishing and Maintaining Gender Equity
    Boston, MA 2003
    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Conference on Women and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stress, Gender and Depression
    New York, NY 2003
    Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds
  • Building Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health
    Bethesda, MD 2001
    National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health
  • Depression in Women and Men
    Washington, DC 2001
    Smithsonian Institution and the National Institute of Mental Health
  • Women’s Health Research and Legislative Collaboration
    Washington, DC 2001
    United States Women’s Congressional Caucus
  • Understanding Stress and Gender
    New Haven, CT ; London, United Kingdom 2001
    Featured Expert and Consultant, The Science of Stress, Discovery Health / BBC Production
  • Understanding the Interaction of Stress and Gender in Predicting Depression
    Berlin, Germany 2001
    First World Congress on Women and Mental Health
  • Research on the Health of Women
    Hartford, CT 2000
    Permanent Commission on the Status of Women
  • Women’s Health Research Priorities
    Washington, DC 2000
    United States Women’s Congressional Caucus
  • The Complex Interplay of Stress and Depression
    Waterbury, CT 1999
    William M. Lesser Memorial Lecture, Waterbury Hospital
  • Multidisciplinary Research on Women’s Health
    Washington, DC 1999
    Center of Excellence in Women’s Health National Forum
  • Effects of Stress on Mental Health
    NASA-Ames, CA 1996
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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
TestimonyUnited States House of Representatives, Appropriations Committee2001
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 SocietyEditorial Board Member2021
Current Addiction ReportsSpecial Issue Guest Editor2021
International Journal of Women's Dermatology, Dermatology in the House of MedicineGuest Editor2020 - 2021
Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MDAdvisory Committee2014 - 2020
National Scientific Research Center, University of Bordeaux, FranceConsultant2013
The New England Network on Faculty Affairs (NENFA)Steering Committee Member2012 - 2014
Consensus Report on The Status of Women & Girls in New Haven, Community Services AdministrationInvited Co-Chair2012
Women's Health Advisory Board, American Association of Orthopaedic SurgeonsConsultant2012 - 2014
Scientific Workshop: Public Policy Implications of a New National Institutes of Health Women's Health Research Agenda, George Washington University, Washington, DCInvited Participant2010
Canadian Institutes for Health ResearchReviewer2008
American College of Radiology Forum on Leadership, Reston, VAInvited Consultant2007
Jacobs Institute of Women's Health at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.Advisory Committee2006
The Centre for Research in Women's Health, University of TorontoReviewer2006
The Risk/Resilience Laboratory, The Department of Behavioral Sciences of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, IsraelConsultant2005 - 2009
Behavioral Health Space Flight Review Panel, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center Consultant/Advisory Committee2005
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
Preventing Suicide and Attempted Suicide among Women across the Life Course, Sponsored by University of Rochester Medical CenterInvited Participant2004
2nd World Congress on Women’s Mental Health, Washington, DCOrganizing Committee2003 - 2004
The Science of Stress, Discovery Health/BBC Production, Discovery Health ChannelFeatured Expert and Consultant2001
American Psychological Association's Summit on Women and Depression, Wye River PlantationChair2000
The First White House Conference on Mental Health, Washington, DCPlanning Committee1999
Report for 2000: Women and Health, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, State of Connecticut Contributing Author1999
National Institute of Mental Health — Clinical Psychopathology Review CommitteeNIH Study Section1995 - 1999
Archives of Women's Mental Health, Experimental and Clinical PsychopharmacologyEditorial Advisory Board1990 - 2000

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