Sherry McKee, PhD

Sherry McKee, PhD


Sherry A. McKee, Ph.D.
Dr. McKee is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Yale Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory at the Yale University School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. McKee was recently named Deputy Director of Women’s Health Research at Yale. Much of Dr. McKee’s work has been directed at understanding why women have more difficulty quitting smoking than men, with a particular focus on the relationship between negative affect (stress, depression) and smoking behavior. Dr. McKee’s transdisciplinary work utilizes various methodologies including human laboratory paradigms, clinical trials, survey research, and epidemiological research to uncover the mechanisms underlying poor smoking outcomes and to translate these findings into improved interventions. Dr. McKee is the PI on research grants to examine how stress and negative affect influence smoking behavior in women and men (RL1DA02857, R21DA017234, Women’s Health Research at Yale’s Women’s Health Investigator Program) and has published extensively on topics pertaining to women’s health and tobacco. She has developed human laboratory models to screen smoking cessation medications for their effect on stress reactivity, and currently consults to other laboratories on the use of her smoking lapse models. Dr. McKee has received awards for her research contributions from the Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, NIDA, APA, and the Research Society on Alcoholism.

Carolyn Mazure, PhD

Carolyn Mazure, PhD

Scientific Director

Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D.
Dr. Mazure is the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology, and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Yale. As a clinical researcher, her investigative efforts have focused on gender differences in predictors of illness onset and treatment response with an emphasis on depression and nicotine dependence. Dr. Mazure is currently the Director of Women's Health Research at Yale, Yale's university-wide interdisciplinary program on health and gender. Begun in 1998, this Yale program has been responsible for initiating research in women’s health and providing millions of dollars in pilot funds to Yale investigators. In directing this program, which has won awards as a national model for interdisciplinary research on women’s health, Dr. Mazure is responsible for generating new areas for interdisciplinary investigations in women's health throughout the Yale University School of Medicine and in collaborations nationally, and for enhancing communication regarding women’s health research locally, regionally, and nationally. Dr. Mazure also directs the Division of Women’s Behavioral Health which provides research coordination and intellectual leadership for all Department of Psychiatry research pertaining to women’s health and sex/gender-related investigation. Dr. Mazure is the PI for the NIH ORWH/NIDA-funded Yale Faculty Training Grant on Women and Addictive Behaviors (BIRCWH Award) which provides interdisciplinary training through mentoring, coaching, and team science experience for entry-level faculty focused on women’s health and addictive behaviors; and is an investigator on a number of other NIH grants. She was the Scientific Director for the Yale-SCOR on Sex, Stress, and Cocaine Addiction (PI: Sinha) which explicated the interactions between gender-specific factors and stress mechanisms in the development and perpetuation of cocaine addiction; PI for the NIH Common Fund Grant on Interdisciplinary Research Education (RL5DA024858) which provided the interdisciplinary research and educational structure for over 50 scientists within the consortium; and Core PI for the Sex-Specific Factors Core of the NCI/NIAAA/NIDA-funded Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (P50AA015632) which focused on the investigation of tobacco dependence and on understanding risk  factors for treatment failure.

Scientific Advisory Board

Neil Grunberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Caryn Lerman, Ph.D.
Mary W. Calkins Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Interim Director of the Abramson Cancer Center
University of Pennsylvania

Edythe London, Ph.D.
Thomas P. and Katherine K. Pike Professor of Addiction Studies
Professor of Psychiatry and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles

Maxine L. Stitzer, Ph.D.
Professor of Behavioral Biology
John Hopkins University School of Medicine