Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair is committed to maximizing cognitive performance and supporting brain systems across the entire lifespan. A cognitive neuroscientist with more than 40 funded research grants and more than 200 publications, Dr. Chapman's scientific studies apply novel approaches to advance creative and critical thinking, strengthen resilience and healthy brain development, and incite innovation throughout life.
Dr. Chapman collaborates with scientists across the country and world to solve some of the most important issues concerning the brain and its health. On the frontier of brain health research, her scientific study melds interdisciplinary expertise across domains of cognitive neuroscience, rehabilitation, brain imaging, medicine and neuroengineering. The over-arching goals are to understand how to better evaluate higher-order, strategic cognition and develop, test, implement protocols to achieve optimal brain performance through enhancing and preserving frontal lobe function. The frontal networks are the connections in the brain responsible for reasoning, planning, decision-making, creativity, emotional down-regulation, and judgment. 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. Dr. Chapman is discovering informative pathways to improve brain function and cognitive performance in health, injury and disease; testing novel brain potentiators such as non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment approaches, and testing the effects of multi-dimensional approaches to strengthen brain health \with improved real life functional outcomes. Through her efforts, the Center for BrainHealth has launched its Brain Performance Institute – as the translation arm to deliver rapidly emerging discoveries in cognitive brain health.
With federal, state and private philanthropic support, she is advancing cognitive capacity in healthy individuals of all ages (teenagers, young adults, Baby Boomers); and all walks (traditionalists, business executives, educators, veterans, athletes); as well as those who have experienced concussions and more serious forms of brain injury; those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); autism spectrum disorder and many others. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, The Hill.com, Psychology Today and has been featured as an expert in national and international publications and media outlets including USA Today, CNN.com, Fox News, Reuters, Neurology Now, The Dallas Morning News, and many others.