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

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Division of Women's Behavioral Health Research | Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP) | Psychology Section | Yale Translational Center to Develop Gender-Sensitive Treatment for Tobacco Dependence


Status of Women in Medicine Committee (SWIM)

Women's Health Research at Yale

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


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

Honors & Recognition

  • Whitney Humanities Center FellowYale University (2016, 2017)

  • Sidney J. Blatt Award, in Recognition of Exceptional Achievement as a Clinician, Researcher, and ScholarYale Department of Psychiatry, Psychology Section's Highest Award (2016)

  • Distinguished Administrative Woman in Higher Education Leadership AwardConnecticut American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network (2015)

  • ElectedConnecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (2010)

  • InductedConnecticut Women's Hall of Fame (2009)

  • American Psychological Association Distingushed Leadership AwardCommittee on Women in Psychology (2008)

  • Elizabeth Blackwell AwardNational Organization for Women — Connecticut Chapter (2007)

  • Marion Spencer Fay AwardInstitute for Women's Health and Leadership (2007)

  • The Stephen Fleck Clinician and Teacher Faculty AwardDepartment of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine (1994)

  • U.S. Public Health Service Fellowship (1979)

Professional Service

  • Advisory Committee for the NIH Office for Research on Women's Health (2014 - Present) Consultant/Advisory Committee

  • The New England Network on Faculty Affairs (NENFA) Steering Committee (2012 - 2014) Consultant/Advisory Committee

  • Consensus Report on The Status of Women & Girls in New Haven, Community Services Administration, City of New Haven, CT (2012) Invited Co-Chair

  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Women's Health Advisory Board (2012 - 2014) Consultant/Advisory Committee

  • Scientific Workshop: Public Policy Implications of a New National Institutes of Health Women's Health Research Agenda, George Washington University, Washington, DC (2010) Invited Participant

  • American College of Radiology Forum on Leadership, Reston, Virginia (2007) Invited Consultant

  • Jacobs Institute of Women's Health at George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) (2006 - Present) Consultant/Advisory Committee

  • Surgeon General's Workshop on Women's Mental Health (2005 - Present) Consultant/Advisory Committee

  • Behavioral Health Space Flight Review Panel, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (2005 - Present) Consultant/Advisory Committee

  • Community Fund for Women and Girls, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (2004 - 2010) Board Member

  • 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 Representatives (2004 - Present) Fellow

  • Jane Wilson Smith Invited Lectureship at Tulane Univeristy (2004 - Present) Lecturer

  • American Psychological Association's Summit on Women and Depression, Chair (2000 - Present) Consultant/Advisory Committee

  • First White House Conference on Mental Health (1999 - Present) Consultant/Advisory Committee

  • Permanent Commission on the Status of Women for the State of Connecticut (1999 - Present) Consultant/Advisory Committee

  • The Journal of Women's Health (1999 - Present) Editorial Board

  • National Institute of Mental Health — Clinical Psychopathology Review Committee (1995 - 1999) NIH Study Section


  • Consultant, French National Scientific Research Center, University of Bordeaux Talence, France (2013 - 2013)

  • Site Reviewer, Centres for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Addictions, Canadian Institutes for Health Research Ottawa, Canada (2008 - 2008)

  • External Program Reviewer, The Centre for Research in Women's Health, University of Toronto Toronto, Canada (2006 - 2006)

  • Invited Speaker, Life Stress and Cognitive Style in the Prediction of Late Life Depression, International Psychogeriatric Association, 12th International Congress Stockholm, Sweden (2005 - 2005)

  • 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, Understanding the Interaction of Stress and Gender in Predicting Depression, First World Congress on Women and Mental Health Berlin, Germany (2001 - 2001)

  • Featured Expert and Consultant, The Science of Stress, Discovery Health / BBC Production London, United Kingdom (2001 - 2001)

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