Division of Women’s Behavioral Health Research

Carolyn M. Mazure, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
Director, Division of Women's Behavioral Health Research


The Women’s Behavioral Health Research Division investigates women’s health and gender differences in relation to mental health, addictive behaviors, and a variety of medical disorders. Targets of investigation are the behavioral factors related to the etiology, progression, outcome, treatment, and prevention of illness and the promotion of wellness.

Translation of Findings

Our research approach emphasizes the translation of findings to clinical and community applications. Our researchers work in laboratory, clinical, community, and services settings with the common goal of generating new insights and practical information on women’s health and gender-specific approaches to the treatment and prevention of disorders and to health promotion.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

To accomplish our mission, we bring together researchers from different disciplines within the Department of Psychiatry and from departments across Yale University to collaborate on the most pressing behavioral health concerns of women. Our collaborations also extend nationally and internationally with universities around the world.

Our Division has a close collaborative relationship with the Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Substance Abuse, and our efforts are coordinated with Women’s Health’s Research at Yale, Yale’s interdisciplinary research program on health and gender.

Our Goals

The aims of our division are to facilitate communication, collaboration, and research activities; and to provide mentorship and career development for faculty and trainees who share the division’s mission.

Our NIH-funded Yale BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health) Scholar Program provides interdisciplinary research skill development for junior faculty interested in a research career focused on women's health and addictive behaviors.


Samuel A. Ball, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Assistant Chair for Education and Career Development

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Hilary Blumberg, MD, BA

John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Professor of Psychiatry, and in the Child Study Center and of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Director, Mood Disorders Research Program

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Kelly P Cosgrove, PhD

Associate Professor Tenure

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Irina Esterlis, PhD

Associate Professor Term

Director, Molecular Imaging Program, NCPTSD, VA

Director, Mood, Anxiety, and Cognitive Sciences Division

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Rani A Hoff, MPH, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Associate Director, National Clinician Scholar Program

Director, Northeast Program Evaluation Center

Director, Evaluation Division, National Center for PTSD

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Harvey J Kliman, MD, PhD

Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Reproductive and Placental Research Unit

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Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Chair, Human Investigations Committee II & IV, Human Research Protections Program

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Linda C Mayes, MD

Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center

Chair, Yale Child Study Center

Special Advisor, Dean

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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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Sherry McKee, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Director, Yale Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory

Clinical Director, Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic

Director, Yale-SCOR to Develop Gender-Sensitive Therapeutics for Addiction

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Contact Us

For more information about the Division or Women’s Health Research at Yale, please email WHResearch@yale.edu or visit https://medicine.yale.edu/whr