Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman
Founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth and professor of behavioral and brain sciences
Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair in BrainHealth
Chapman is committed to maximizing human cognitive potential across the entire human lifespan. As a cognitive neuroscientist with more than 40 funded research grants, Chapman collaborates with scientists around the world to solve some of the most important issues concerning the brain and its health.
Her research melds interdisciplinary expertise to better understand how to evaluate and achieve optimal brain performance through preserving function of the frontal lobe, the area of the brain responsible for reasoning, planning and decision making. 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 raising the standard of living globally. Chapman is dedicated to promoting brain health fitness, developing futuristic thinkers, and helping individuals, young or old, think smarter.
"My latest research reveals optimal brain health fitness is not dictated by how much you know and which details you remember, but instead by how you use facts and knowledge to engage in abstract thinking and innovative problem solving," said Chapman. "Those habits will ultimately help you live a more independent life longer."
Chapman has garnered federal, state, and private research support to advance treatment for veterans, sports concussions, healthy brain aging, adolescent reasoning and brain development, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, autism, schizophrenia, ADHD, social cognition disorders, and many others.
Chapman was instrumental in developing the Texas State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease. She was presented with the 2011 Honors of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences for her contributions to pediatric traumatic brain injury research. Chapman was awarded the Dallas Historical Society's Award for Excellence in health science research in 2011.
Chapman earned a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and a master's in communication disorders, both from the University of North Texas. She earned her doctorate in communication sciences from UT Dallas.
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
A gift from Charles and Dee Wyly helped fund the chair to be held by the chief director of the Center for BrainHealth. Chapman was the first named to the chair in 2004.
In 1999, Chapman founded the Center for BrainHealth. Chapman's research breakthroughs have led to national recognition and selection of the Center for BrainHealth as the Virtual Center for the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan to link all states with the most current assessment and training for brain injury. She was one of 20 core scientists nationwide invited to participate in a National Science Foundation workshop on higher order cognitive decline in teens.
"The majority of scientists focus on what is wrong with the brain. But, at the Center for BrainHealth, what is wrong is just our starting point. Our acclaimed cognitive neuroscience experts are dedicated to discovering ways to build resilience, regain cognitive function and retrain the brain to maximize the amazing potential of our most vital organ and greatest natural resource."