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Meet Our Director

Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D.

Carolyn M. Mazure is the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women’s Health, and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Yale.

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

Her contributions in women’s health began with her internationally recognized research in depression. 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 sex and gender differences in the field of depression and recognizing that such data are sorely lacking in other fields, Dr. Mazure designed and directs Women’s Health Research at Yale, the university’s interdisciplinary research center on the interplay of sex, gender, and health.

Since its inception in 1998, the center has become a national model for launching research on the influence of sex and gender on human health, translating findings into practice, sharing health information with the public and policymakers, and providing mentored training in interdisciplinary team science.

She has been an invited speaker at diverse venues, such as NASA and 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 books include “Does Stress Cause Psychiatric Illness?” and “Understanding Depression in Women: Applying Empirical Research to Practice and Policy.”

Dr. Mazure has served as 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. She also has 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.

Her many honors include the Marion Spencer Fay Award from the Institute for Women’s Health, 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.