Sandra Chapman

Sandra Chapman


  • brain health
  • head injury
  • head injury in children
  • brain scans
  • memory
  • brain function
  • brain injury
  • ADHD
  • autism
  • fMRI
  • cognitive abilities
  • teenage brain


Emily Martinez

Expert at a Glance

Sandra Chapman, Ph.D. School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Dee Wyly Distinguished Chair in Brain Health & Chief Director of the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, is committed to maximizing human cognitive potential across the entire human lifespan. As a cognitive neuroscientist with more than 40 funded research grants, Dr. Chapman’s scientific study elucidates and applies novel approaches to advance creative and critical thinking, strengthen healthy brain development, and incite innovation throughout life.

Dr. Chapman collaborates with scientists across the country and around the world to solve some of the most important issues concerning the brain and its health. On the frontier of brain research, her scientific study melds interdisciplinary expertise to better understand how to evaluate and achieve optimal brain performance through preserving frontal lobe function, the area of the brain responsible for reasoning, planning and decision making. 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. Committed to developing, testing and implementing training regimens that maximize brain function, Dr. Chapman is dedicated to promoting brain health fitness, developing futuristic thinkers, and helping individuals, young or old, think smarter.

Dr. Chapman’s research record and brain health breakthroughs have led to nationwide recognition and selection of the Center for BrainHealth as the single 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 Think Tank Workshop to solve Higher Order Cognitive Decline in Teens in the United States. Dr. Chapman was also instrumental in developing the Texas state plan, the first of its kind in the country, to maximize brain health and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

She is a core member for the National Institutes of Health for selecting the central data elements for nationwide clinical trials in acquired brain injury and has garnered major federal, state, and private research support to advance treatment for America’s 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.


Updated: February 9, 2012