Center for Perioperative Mental Health

We understand the importance of preparing for surgery, a brief, but highly stressful time particularly for older adults and recognize an urgent need to improve perioperative mental health of older adults undergoing surgery. The Center for Perioperative Mental Health (CPMH) develops personalized pathways for patient-centered, perioperative care to optimize brain health. The CPMH is funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (#1P50MH122351) and Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital (WU #6239)

A first-of-its-kind center
at the forefront of perioperative health.

World leaders in testing and implementing solutions for perioperative mental health.

Transdisciplinary and

Patients & Families

Explore resources pertaining to depression, anxiety, and behavioral activation.

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Learn more about the center’s ongoing research studies and initiatives.

Our Team

Our team consists of world experts in mental health, cognitive health, palliative care, implementation science, and research methodology.

Support from Leadership

Dean David Perlmutter

Suffering from disorders of mental health is now dominating every segment of society, and our ability to intervene or even control it is completely inadequate.  This is an area in which new approaches and innovation are urgently needed.  This Center is a very exciting and timely initiative.  Thank you for embarking on this new journey.

David H. Perlmutter, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine
Angela Clark

Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing is proud to support the interprofessional team working to understand the complex relationship between mental health and surgical outcomes. Our focus to help patients identify risk factors and prepare them to optimize their recovery, supports long-term physical and mental wellness. Innovation lies in exploring the powerful ways our minds and bodies interact.  

Angela Clark, PhD, RN, MSN, CNE, FAAN, Maxine Clark and Bob Fox President, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College

This Center has the potential to develop patient-centric interventions that will ensure the best mental and cognitive health is provided for each surgical patient, according to their specific needs.

Jennifer Carron, CPXP, MSOM, Executive Director of Patient Experience at Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Richard Liekweg

The past 15 months have had a devastating impact on the physical health of many and the mental health of most. The maximum impact has been on those with co-morbid conditions, especially in the African American population, and those over the age of 65. At BJC there is more we can do to support the mental health needs of our patients. As such we are excited to participate in the Center for Perioperative Mental Health, to improve and personalize the holistic care and recovery of our surgical patients.

Richard Liekweg, MBA, MHA, President and Chief Executive Officer of BJC HealthCare