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


Dr. Chapman is one of the leading researchers in the area of cognitive neuroscience, specifically focused on how to evaluate and achieve optimal brain health. Dr. Chapman began her career at UT Dallas in 1986 and founded the Center for BrainHealth in 1999. As a cognitive neuroscientist with more than 40 funded research grants and 150 published articles, she collaborates with scientists around the world to solve some of the most important issues concerning the brain and to meld basic neuroscience discovery to clinical translation. Dr. Chapman has conducted interdisciplinary cognitive research in healthy children and adults, as well as those with brain injuries and brain disease. Her federal, state and privately funded research supports treatment for traumatic brain injury, autism, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, among others.

Dr. Chapman also was instrumental in developing the Texas State Plan on Brain Health Fitness. In 2013, UT System Regents approved the extension of the Center for BrainHealth that is known as the Brain Performance Institute, where the latest brain research will be applied to help individuals work to maximize cognitive performance. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas, and her PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Chapman, S. & Mudar, R. (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.

Vas A., Chapman S., Aslan S., Spence J., Keebler M., Rodriguez-Larrain G., . . . Krawczyk D. (2015). Reasoning training in veteran and civilian traumatic brain injury with persistent mild impairment. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, doi:10.1080/09602011.2015.1044013.

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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