Influence of Social and Structural Determinants of Neurobiology and Mental Health

Author(s): William Tolstoy

While neurobiology's roles in the connections between structural and social determinants and mental health have received little attention, psychiatry and related fields have acknowledged the importance of these factors. In this article, we argue that researchers, clinicians, and policymakers need to pay more attention to the social and structural factors that influence biological psychiatry. We review empirical research with marginalized and minoritized racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and economic communities that reveals the ways in which structural and social determinants affect neurobiological functioning with implications for mental health after defining these terms and theoretical frameworks for considering their relevance in biological psychiatry. Because structural and social determinants influence neurobiological adaptation and maturation across the lifespan, we place a special emphasis on developmental science and developmentally informed research. We conclude with suggestions for advancing biological psychiatry-related structural and social determinants of health research, practice, and policy. Diversifying the ranks of biological psychiatry, from classrooms to laboratories, hospitals, and community health centers, is the most important of these. Changing and propelling the comprehension of the primary and social determinants of neurobiology and emotional wellness is probably going to come through changing the actual train