BrainHealth Director Recognized for Research Impact

Jan. 19, 2012

Sandra Chapman

Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman is the founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, chief director of the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth, was recently presented with the 2011 Honors of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences (ANCDS).

The Academy congratulated Chapman for her “enormous contributions to the area of pediatric traumatic brain injury” and cited her for “an unprecedented impact on its research and clinical work.” 

The award is the association’s highest honor.

“This award carries with it an inspiration to live up to all the superstars who have been honored in prior years and a challenge to more steadfastly dedicate my life to advancing brain health in those with neurologic communication disorders,” Chapman said. Chapman is the founder of the Center for BrainHealth and is the Dee Wyly Distinguished Chair.

ANCDS promotes research that contributes to better understanding and management of neurologic communication disorders and provides leadership in the development of clinical expertise in the field. Chapman was singled out for a lifetime of accomplishments, including:

  • Membership in more than 15 pre-eminent scientific and professional associations involved with neuroscience, dementia and aging.
  • Dedication to increasing the understanding of communication deficits that occur in various populations.
  • Publication of over 75 peer-reviewed articles and 15 book chapters in areas such as cognition and language in children, dementia, aging and aphasia.
  • Creation and expansion of the Center for BrainHealth into a nationally respected brain research institute.

“The ANCDS laid the early groundwork to inspire my lifelong dream to build a center to develop, implement and test better methods to advance higher-order reasoning in our patients, the majority having communications disorders,” Chapman said.

Edythe Strand, president of the Academy, emphasized the leadership role that ANCDS has taken in the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to systemize quality of care, stimulate research, encourage learning and improve accountability in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic communication disorders.

Chapman follows a similar mission. Committed to developing, testing and implementing training regimens that maximize brain function, the Center for BrainHealth and Dr. Chapman are dedicated to promoting brain health fitness, developing futuristic thinkers and helping individuals – young and old – think smarter and longer.


Media Contact: Shelly Kirkland, UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth, (214) 905-3007, shelly.kirkland@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu
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