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

Sandra Bond Chapman

Founder and Chief Director, Center for BrainHealth
Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair

Research Interests

Dr. Chapman’s scientific study elucidates and applies novel approaches to improve brain performance across the lifespan in health, injury and disease

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-3407
Office: CBH_3.426
Campus Mail Code: CBH 10
Website: Center for BrainHealth


Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, Dee Wyly Distinguished University Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, is committed to enhancing human cognitive capacity and the underlying brain systems across the lifespan. A cognitive neuroscientist with more than 50 funded research grants and 200+ publications, Dr. Chapman is one of the pioneers who is creating the new field of brain health. Her team is defining, measuring, improving and scaling brain health fitness protocols to reach people around the world.

Through her efforts, the Center for BrainHealth launched its Brain Performance Institute in 2017 as the translation arm to deliver rapidly emerging discoveries in cognitive brain health to the public. She spearheaded the UT Dallas BrainHealth Imaging Center, which opened in 2019 with a unique focus on developing objective measurements of gains in brain systems following interventions. Dr. Chapman is co-creator of The BrainHealth Project™, an international, multi-year collaboration of 32 of the world’s leading brain health experts uniquely focused on doubling peak brain performance, inoculating against decline and extending brain capacity to match our longer lifespan.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Chapman S, Fratantoni J, Robertson I, D’Esposito M, Ling G, Zientz J, Vernon S, Venza E, Cook L, Tate A, Spence J. A Novel BrainHealth Index Prototype Improved by Telehealth- Delivered Training During COVID-19. 2021. Frontiers in Public Health. In press.

Chapman S, Aslan S, Spence J, Keebler M, DeFina L, Didehbani N, Perez A, Lu H, D’Esposito M. (2016). Distinct Brain and Behavioral Benefits from Cognitive vs. Physical Training: A Randomized Trial in Aging Adults. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (10) 338.

Das N, Ren J, Spence J S, Rackley A, Chapman S. Relationship of Parieto-Occipital Brain Energy Phosphate Metabolism and Cognition Using 31P MRS at 7-Tesla in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment. 2020. Front Aging Neurosci.12:222. (https://doi:10.3389/fnagi.2020.00222.) eCollection 2020. PubMed PMID: 33005142; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7483543.

Smith E, Diab A, Wilkerson B, Dawson W, Sobowale K, Reynolds C, Berk M, Lavretsky H, Jeste D, Ng C, Soares J, Aragam G, Wainer Z, Manji H, Licinio J, Lo A, Storch E, Fu E, Leboyer M, Tarnanas I, Ibanez A, Manes F, Caddick S, Fillit H, Abbott R, Robertson I, Chapman S, Au R, Altimus C, Kynes W, Brannelly P, Cummings J, Eyre H. A Brain Capital Grand Strategy: Toward Economic Reimagination. 2020. Mol Psychiatry (Oct 26.) (https://doi: 10.1038/s41380-020-00918-w.) PubMed PMID: 33100330.

Young, L, Zientz J, Spence J, Krawczyk D, and Chapman S. Efficacy of cognitive training when translated from the laboratory to the wild. 2021. Mil Med. Jan 25:186(Suppl 1):176-183. PMID: 33499529 DOI: 10.1093/milmed/usaa501.

Vanneste Sven, Anusha Mohan, Hye Bin Yoo, Yuefeng Huang, Alison M. Luckey, Lauren McLeod, Michel Tabet, Rimenez Souza, Christa McIntyre, Chapman Sandra, Robertson Ian and Wing Ting To. The peripheral effect of electrical stimulation on brain circuits involving memory. 2020. Science Advances. 6:45. (https://doi:10.1126/sciadv.aax9538.)