BBPU (Brain, Behavior and Performance Unit)

The Brain, Behavior and Performance Unit (BBPU) is one of the research cores and services provided through Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award program. BBPU has specialized infrastructure and expertise in the performance of clinical research studies of the nervous system. The BBPU provides collaboration, consultation or specific testing covering neurologic, psychiatric and psychometric domains as well as training in all of these areas. The facility also includes specialized testing for muscle strength and function, quantified measures of movement, including gait, performance-based measures of daily living activities and quality-of-life measures. In addition, the BBPU will provide key infrastructure support for these research studies, including common database collection, retrieval and transfer of all research information, and technical personnel to implement these measurements.

Services Available to ICTS Members

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  • Consultation for designing studies using BBPU
  • Training for investigators, trainees and research coordinators
  • Performance based measures of activities of daily living
  • Neurologic evaluations including multiple standard rating scales of movement, mental status and mood
  • Structured psychiatric interviews, limited
  • Specialized testing for muscle strength and function
  • Psychometric testing
  • Quantified measures of movement, including gait
  • Quality-of-life measures
  • Key infrastructure support for research studies, including common database collection, retrieval and transfer of research information
  • Consultations for collaborative studies

Personnel in BBPU

Joel S. Perlmutter, MD
Director (neurologic evaluations)
Tel: (314)-362-6673

Jo Wright
Head Coordinator
Tel: (314)-362-7148

Johanna Hartlein, APRN, MSN
Tel: (314)-362-0420

Kevin Black, MD
Psychiatric Evaluations
Tel: (314)-362-6281

Tamara Hershey, PhD
Psychometric Testing
Tel: (314)-286-1425

Gammon Earhart, PhD
Motor Physiology
Tel: (314)-362-5593

Carolyn Baum, PhD
Performance Based Activities of Daily Living
Tel: (314)-286-1619

Erin Foster, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L
Performance Based Activities of Daily Living
Tel: 314-286-1638

Tour of BBPU


BBPU Contact Information

Click here for BBPU brochure

Neuroclinical Research Unit – McMillan Building
517 So. Euclid Avenue, Lower Level
St. Louis, MO 63110

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Contact BBPU:

To request a service in BBPU:
Please complete the BBPU user request form

NIH Funding Acknowledgement
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