Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD – founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth™ at The University of Texas at Dallas, where she holds the Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair – is committed to maximizing cognitive performance and improving healthy brain development across the lifespan. A cognitive neuroscientist with more than 40 funded research grants and more than 200 publications, Dr. Chapman conducts scientific studies that apply novel approaches to advance creative and critical thinking, strengthen brain resilience and incite innovation throughout life. 

Dr. Chapman collaborates with scientists across the country and around the world to solve important issues concerning the brain and its health. On the frontier of brain health research, her scientific study melds interdisciplinary expertise including cognitive neuroscience, rehabilitation, brain imaging, medicine and neuroengineering. The goals: to understand how to better evaluate higher-order, strategic cognition, and to develop, test and implement protocols to achieve optimal brain performance through enhancing and preserving frontal lobe function. The frontal lobe networks are the connections in the brain responsible for reasoning, planning, decision-making, creativity, emotional down-regulation, and judgment. Dedicated to improving lives today, and changing how the public thinks and acts about the brain and its health, the Center for BrainHealth launched its Brain Performance Institute™ as the translation arm to deliver rapidly emerging discoveries in cognitive brain health.

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 through which to raise the standard of living globally. With federal, state and private philanthropic support, Dr. Chapman is discovering multidimensional approaches to strengthen brain health and enhance individual, real-world performance – testing novel non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments.

Her work to advance cognitive capacity aims to help people of all ages improve their lives, whether they have a healthy brain, a brain disease or brain injury. Her vision elevates people from all walks, including overstressed high achievers, veterans transitioning to civilian life, people who have experienced concussions or more serious forms of brain injury, people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementias, and people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder and more. 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.