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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

Mailing Address

  • 135 College Street

    Suite 220

    New Haven, CT, 06510

    United States



Carolyn Mazure is the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women's Health Research and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale School of Medicine. She created and directs Yale's interdisciplinary research center on health and gender — Women's Health Research at Yale.

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

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 use these findings to inform treatment interventions.

Understanding the value of uncovering gender differences in depression, combined with recognizing that such data are sorely 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.

Dr. Mazure is 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, 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.

She also a consultant to the Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science and a member of the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology (CBIT), an interdisciplinary initiative to foster greater innovation in medical technology.

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 served as Associate Dean for Faculty at Yale Medical School, and was awarded the Stephen Fleck Clinician and Teacher Award and the Sidney J. Blatt Award for excellence in clinical care, teaching and research - both from Yale. Among her other honors, Dr. Mazure is the recipient of 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.

Education & Training

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


  • Consultant, French National Scientific Research Center, University of Bordeaux
    Talence, France 2013
  • Site Reviewer, Centres for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Addictions, Canadian Institutes for Health Research
    Ottawa, Canada 2008
  • External Program Reviewer, The Centre for Research in Women's Health, University of Toronto
    Toronto, Canada 2006
  • Consultant, The Risk/Resilience Laboratory, The Department of Behavioral Sciences of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
    Be'er Sheva, Israel (2005-2009)
  • Invited Speaker, Life Stress and Cognitive Style in the Prediction of Late Life Depression, International Psychogeriatric Association, 12th International Congress
    Stockholm, Sweden 2005
  • Invited Speaker, Understanding the Interaction of Stress and Gender in Predicting Depression, First World Congress on Women and Mental Health
    Berlin, Germany 2001
  • Featured Expert and Consultant, The Science of Stress, Discovery Health / BBC Production
    London, United Kingdom 2001

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 Distingushed 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

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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