Division of Women’s Behavioral Health Research

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


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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

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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.


Ball, Samuel A.

Professor of Psychiatry
Assistant Chair for Education and Career Development
Director of Research (APT Foundation BIRCWH Scholars Program)
Scientific Director (Psychotherapy Development Research Center)

Blumberg, Hilary

John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Diagnostic Radiology
Director, Mood Disorders Research Program

Cosgrove, Kelly P

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, of Diagnostic Radiology and of Neurobiology

Esterlis, Irina

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Diagnostic Radiology
Director, Molecular Imaging Program, NCPTSD, VA

Hoff, Rani A

Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
Associate Director, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Director, Northeast Program Evaluation Center
Director, Evaluation Division, National Center for PTSD

Kliman, Harvey J

Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Director, Reproductive and Placental Research Unit

Krishnan-Sarin, Suchitra

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Vice-Chair, Human Investigations Committee II & IV

Mayes, Linda C

Arnold Gesell Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), of Pediatrics and of Psychology
Chair, Directorial Team Anna Freud Centre at London
Special Advisor, Dean

Mazure, Carolyn M.

Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
Director, Women's Health Research at Yale

McKee, Sherry

Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Yale Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory
Clinical Director, FORDD Addiction Clinic
Deputy Director, Women's Health Research at Yale

O'Malley, Stephanie Samples

Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Substance Abuse Research in Psychiatry
Deputy Chair, Clinical Research

Potenza, Marc N

Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Neurobiology
Director, Center of Excellence in Gambling Research
Director, Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders
Director, Women and Addictive Disorders, Women's Health Research at Yale

Sindelar, Jody L.

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Economics and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Executive Committee, ISPS
Research Associate, NBER

Tebes, Jacob Kraemer

Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), in the Child Study Center and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
Director, Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry
Director, The Consultation Center
Chief Psychologist, Connecticut Mental Health Center
Program Director, NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Substance Abuse Prevention

Weinberger, Andrea Hope

Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Psychiatry

Yonkers, Kimberly Ann

Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Director, Center for Wellbeing of Women and Mothers

Contact Us

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