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: 214-905-3007
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 and author of “Make Your Brain Smarter”, is committed to enhancing human cognitive capacity across the entire lifespan. As a cognitive neuroscientist with more than 40 funded research grants and 200+ publications, Dr. Chapman’s scientific discoveries elucidate and deploy novel approaches to advance creative and critical reasoning, to strengthen healthy brain development, and expand innovative thinking throughout life.

She is actively studying and discovering informative pathways to strengthen healthier brain functions, enhance cognitive performance, improve psychological well-being, and elevate real life functionality in health, injury and disease; identifying novel non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment approaches, and testing the effect of brain training to potentiate higher levels of brain performance. Dr. Chapman is discovering ways to build resilience, regain cognitive function and retrain the brain to maximize the immense potential of our most vital organ. 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 — longer.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Chapman SB, Spence JS, Aslan S, Keebler MW. Enhancing Innovation and Underlying Neural Mechanisms Via Cognitive Training in Healthy Older Adults. Frontiers in aging neuroscience. 2017 October 09.

Motes MA, Yuzheveth US, Aslan S, Spence JS, Rypma B, et al. Higher-Order Cognitive Training Effects on Processing Speed-Related Neural Activity: A Randomized Trial. Neurobiology of Aging. 2017 October 03.

Vas A, Chapman S, Aslan S, Spence J, Keebler M, et al. Reasoning training in veteran and civilian traumatic brain injury with persistent mild impairment. Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2016 Aug;26(4):502-31. PubMed PMID: 26018041.

Venza EE, Chapman SB, Aslan S, Zientz JE, Tyler DL, et al. Enhancing Executive Function and Neural Health in Bipolar Disorder through Reasoning Training. Front Psychol. 2016;7:1676. PubMed PMID: 27847486; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5088411.

Chapman SB, Aslan S, Spence JS, Hart JJ Jr, Bartz EK, et al. Neural mechanisms of brain plasticity with complex cognitive training in healthy seniors. Cereb Cortex. 2015 Feb;25(2):396-405. PubMed PMID: 23985135; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4351428.