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Social Determinants of Mental Health Task Force

The 2021-22 APA Presidential Task Force on Social Determinants of Mental Health was established by the APA Board of Trustees in May 2021. The Task Force will conduct its work throughout the term of the APA President, Dr. Vivian Pender, which concludes at the end of the 2022 APA Annual Meeting. At the conclusion of the Task Force, the Task Force will submit a final report of recommendations to the Board of Trustees and also to the Joint Reference Committee outlining the need for the establishment of an APA Caucus on Social Determinants of Mental Health.

Charge of the Task Force

Develop sustainable policies and programs to bring about change in the psychiatric health care of affected populations consistent with the APA Position Statement on Mental Health Equity and the Social and Structural Determinants of Mental Health. Build upon the outcome of the 2020-21 APA Presidential Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry and existing research to produce tools for action, specifically programs and policy aimed at improving the well-being of patients, the public, and psychiatrists. The outcome may be used by clinicians, teachers, researchers, and administrators of healthcare systems and community organizations among others, to assess social determinants of mental health and improve individual and community well-being.

Task Force Reports

Task Force Membership

Dilip Jeste, M.D., Chairperson
Dilip Jeste, M.D., Chairperson
Elie Aoun, M.D., M.R.O.
Elie Aoun, M.D., M.R.O.
Gary Belkin, M.D.
Gary Belkin, M.D.
Michael Compton, M.D.
Michael Compton, M.D.
Lisa Fortuna, M.D.
Lisa Fortuna, M.D.
Tresha Gibbs, M.D.
Tresha Gibbs, M.D.
Kimberly Gordon-Achebe, M.D.
Kimberly Gordon-Achebe, M.D.
Steve Koh, M.D.
Steve Koh, M.D.
Francis Lu, M.D.
Francis Lu, M.D.
Dolores Malaspina
Dolores Malaspina, M.D.
Paul Rosenfield, M.D.
Paul Rosenfield, M.D.
Allan Tasman, M.D.
Allan Tasman, M.D.
Kenneth Thompson, M.D.
Kenneth Thompson, M.D.
Sanya Virani, M.D., M.P.H.
Sanya Virani, M.D., M.P.H.

APA Position Statement

Position Statement on Mental Health Equity and the Social & Structural Determinants of Mental Health (2018)*


  • Enrico G. Castillo, M.D.,
  • Helena Hansen, M.D.,
  • Evita Rocha, M.D.

*includes 50 references in the Position Statement Background Document covering the following areas:

  1. Mental Health Equity and the Social/Structural Determinants of Health
  2. Screening and Educational Resources
  3. Emerging Related Policies and Interventions

APA Resource Document

Resource Document on Social Determinants of Health (2020)*


  • Ole Thienhaus, M.D., M.B.A.,
  • Laura Halpin, M.D., Ph.D.,
  • Kunmi Sobowale, M.D.,
  • Robert Trestman, Ph.D., M.D.

*includes glossary of terms and 20 references in Appendix sections

Journals & Publications

JAMA Psychiatry Articles

American Journal of Psychiatry Articles

Focus: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry Articles

Psychiatric Services Articles

Psychiatric News Articles

APA Books

  • The Social Determinants of Mental Health (2015)
    • Editors: Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H., and Ruth S. Shim, M.D., M.P.H.
    • Contributors:
      • Jamie M. Abelson, M.S.W.,
      • Kimson Bryant, B.A.,
      • Earle Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H.,
      • Anna Chard, M.P.H.,
      • Benjamin G. Druss, M.D., M.P.H.,
      • Kisha B. Holden, Ph.D., M.S.C.R.,
      • Christopher S. Holliday, Ph.D., M.A., M.P.H.,
      • James S. Jackson, Ph.D.,
      • Carol Koplan, M.D.,
      • Frederick J. P. Langheim, M.D., Ph.D.,
      • Marc W. Manseau, M.D., M.P.H.,
      • Brian S. McGregor, Ph.D.,
      • Rebecca A. Powers, M.D., M.P.H.,
      • Jane A. Rafferty, M.A.,
      • Megan T. Sandel, M.D., M.P.H.,
      • David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.,
      • Shakira F. Suglia, Sc.D., M.S.,
      • Lynn C. Todman, Ph.D., M.C.P.
  • Textbook of Psychiatry (7th Edition): Chapter 6. The Social Determinants of Mental Health (2020)*
    Authors: Ruth S. Shim, M.D., M.P.H., and Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H.,
    *includes 34 references and 8 recommended readings

APA Podcasts

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APA Foundation Resources

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