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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

Sandra Bond Chapman


Sandra Bond Chapman
















About Sandra Bond Chapman


Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas and author of Make Your Brain Smarter, is committed to maximizing cognitive potential across the entire lifespan. As a cognitive neuroscientist with more than 40 funded research grants and more than 200 publications, Dr. Chapman's scientific study elucidates and applies novel approaches to advance creative and critical thinking, strengthen healthy brain development, and incite innovation throughout life.


Dr. Chapman collaborates with scientists across the country and around the world to solve some of the most important issues concerning the brain and its health. On the frontier of brain research, her scientific study melds interdisciplinary expertise to better understand how to evaluate and achieve optimal brain performance through preserving frontal lobe function, the area of the brain responsible for reasoning, planning, decision-making and judgment. Drawing from more than 30 years of research, she has developed cognitive training strategies that have proven effective in several populations, most recently demonstrating a capacity to reverse age-related cognitive decline, improve brain function and increase overall brain health in adults over age 55.


Dr. Chapman coined the term "brainomics" to define the high economic cost of poor brain performance, and she sees the brain as the most significant path to raise the standard of living globally. She is actively studying the informative pathways to brain change in health, injury and disease; identifying novel non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment approaches, and testing the effect of brain training to exploit brain potential.


With federal, state and private philanthropic support, she is pushing the limits of cognitive capacity in individuals of all ages and backgrounds, including healthy adults, students, educators, active duty military, veterans, and athletes, as well as those who have survived brain injury or are facing brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or autism spectrum disorder.


Dedicated to improving lives today and changing how the public thinks and acts about the brain and its health, Dr. Chapman is committed to promoting brain health fitness, developing futuristic thinkers, and helping individuals, young or old, think smarter.


To learn how to make your brain smarter and healthier, watch Dr. Chapman's TEDxTalk.


Research Interests


Dr. Chapman's research goal is to optimize brain performance in brain health, brain injury and brain disease, giving specific focus to frontal lobe function.


Healthy Brain Development:

  • Extending brain health span to match increasing lifespan expectancy
  • Building brain resilience
  • Bettering decision-making
  • Enriching complex brain function
  • Enhancing teen reasoning

      Brain Disease and Disorder:

      • ADHD
      • Autism
      • Alzheimer's disease
      • Addiction
      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Post Traumatic Stress
      • Mild Cognitive Impairment
      • Schizophrenia


      Brain Injury:

      • Concussion
      • Traumatic Brain Injury
      • Stroke
      • Brain tumor
      • Chemo brain


      Recent Publications


      Sandra Bond Chapman and Raksha Anand Mudar (2014). Enhancement of cognitive and neural functions through complex reasoning training: evidence from normal and clinical populations. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. DOI: 10.3389/fnsys.2014.00069


      Gamino, J.F., Motes, M.M., Riddle, R., Lyon, G.R., Spence, J.S., Chapman, S.B. (2014). Enhancing inferential abilities in adolescence: new hope for students in poverty. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 924 doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00924.


      Lori G. Cook, Sandra Bond Chapman, A.C. Elliott, Nellie Evenson, Kami Vinton (2014). Cognitive Gains from Gist Reasoning Training in Adolescents with Chronic-Stage Traumatic Brain Injury. Frontiers in Neurotrauma.


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