n my recent research, I have been exploring the legal impact of advances in the neuroscience of gender, such as whether and how stakeholders are using recent studies finding structural and functional differences between male and female brains in an attempt to influence the law. I also have been examining whether and how stakeholders are using the neuroscience of both gender-specific and gender-prevalent health conditions to influence the interpretation of civil and regulatory health law. Today, I am going to explore how stakeholders are using advances in the neuroscience of three gender-specific and genderprevalent conditions (the postpartum mood disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and eating disorders) to secure health care benefits under group health plans and individual health insurance policies and to push for the inclusion of these conditions in mental health parity legislation. More broadly, I hope to show you how neuroscience is quickly becoming a very important tool in the arsenal of health care stakeholders and lobbyists, especially those charged with promoting women’s access to mental health care
Tovino, Stacey A. JD, PhD
"Remarks: Neuroscience, Gender, and the Law,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 42
, Article 10.
Available at: http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/akronlawreview/vol42/iss3/10