Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Joseph Solomon


After preliminary review of relevant research articles, the thesis was able to gain a deeper understanding of neurotechnological interventions (e.g. deep brain stimulation, and other neurostimulators), specifically in regards to their use in treatment of motor conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, etc.) and for some psychological disorders (e.g. depression, other mood disorders, etc.). A scoping review was conducted on a specific class of treatments used for particular conditions: invasive neurotechnological treatments for mood disorders. The reasoning behind this specified approach was due to the lack standardized policies and regulations in place for invasive neurotechnological interventions used for treatment of mood disorders – in contrast to more policies and regulations for non-invasive interventions. Therefore, the scoping review will attempt to cover research available based on other certain attributes, such as: current regulations (e.g. FDA guidelines and CMS rules), economic considerations, and any legal or ethical implications. Last, from such review, the thesis will attempt to propose a recommended public health response to these treatments. It is hoped that adoption of public health safeguards can ensure ethical and effective application of invasive neurotechnological treatments for mood disorders.


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