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Sandra Bond Chapman Ph.D.



Founder and Chief Director, Center for BrainHealth®

Dee Wyly Distinguished University Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

The University of Texas at Dallas

Co-leader, BrainHealth 2027 Global Initiative


Enhancing cognitive performance

Strengthening brain systems for healthy aging

Improving human productivity, developing a blueprint to measure brain health

Accelerating innovation through education and leadership training in youth


Dr. Chapman is the co-leader of the international BrainHealth 2027 initiative. Headed by the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas, BrainHealth 2027 seeks to enable significant, measurable improvements in brain health among the general population.

A cognitive neuroscientist with more than 50 funded research grants and more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, her scientific studies to advance innovative and critical reasoning, strengthen brain resilience and incite healthier habits to extend our brain span throughout life.

Her research 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.

Dr. Chapman is a regular contributor to HuffPost,, Psychology Today and has been featured as an expert in national and international publications and media outlets including USA Today, CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Neurology Now, The Dallas Morning News, and many others.


BA, Speech Pathology, University of North Texas (1973)MA, Communication Disorders, University of North Texas (1974)

PhD, Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Texas at Dallas (1986)


Chapman SB, Mudar RA. Enhancement of cognitive and neural functions through complex reasoning training: evidence from normal and clinical populations. Front Syst Neurosci. 2014;8:69.

Motes MA, Yezhuvath US, Aslan S, Spence JS, Rypma B, Chapman SB. Higher-order cognitive training effects on processing speed-related neural activity: a randomized trial. Neurobiol Aging. 2018 Feb;62:72-81. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.10.003.

Chapman SB, Spence JS, Aslan S, Keebler MW. Enhancing Innovation and Underlying Neural Mechanisms Via Cognitive Training in Healthy Older Adults. Front Aging Neurosci. 2017 Oct 9;9:314.

Chapman SB, Aslan S, Spence JS, Keebler MW, DeFina LF, Didehbani N, Perez AM, Lu H, D’Esposito M. Distinct Brain and Behavioral Benefits from Cognitive vs. Physical Training: A Randomized Trial in Aging Adults. Front Hum Neurosci. 2016;10:338.

Han K, Martinez D, Chapman SB, Krawczyk DC. Neural correlates of reduced depressive symptoms following cognitive training for chronic traumatic brain injury. Hum Brain Mapp. 2018 Mar 23.


Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Society of Aging

Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Gerontological Society of America

International Neuropsychological Society

Society for Neuroscience

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