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


Biography

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 is the Scientific Director of Yale’s NIH-funded Specialized Center of Research — developing gender-sensitive treatments for tobacco dependence, 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.