Sandi Chapman, PhD

Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, is Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth, founder of the Brain Performance Institute, and the Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair at The University of Texas at Dallas. With more than 30 years research experience, Dr. Chapman is committed to translating these findings to maximize cognitive performance and strengthen 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 discover,  test and refine comprehensive approaches to advance deeper-level and more innovative thinking, strengthen resilience and healthy brain performance, inoculate against decline and regain lost capacity after brain injury or disease.

Dr. Chapman collaborates with scientists across the country and world to lead an effort that is creating an entirely new field of Brain Health. On the frontier of brain health discovery, her scientific studies meld interdisciplinary expertise across domains of cognitive neuroscience, rehabilitation, brain imaging, medicine and neuroengineering to mention a few. The over-arching goals are to understand how to better evaluate higher-order, strategic cognition and develop, test and implement protocols to achieve optimal brain performance and recovery at later stages post injury through enhancing and preserving frontal lobe function. With federal, state and private philanthropic support, she is discovering ways to harness the brain’s inherent plasticity to build 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 author of the book, Make Your Brain Smarter and a regular contributor to The Huffington PostThe Hill.comPsychology Today and has been featured as an expert for national and international publications and media outlets including USA Today,, Fox News, Reuters, Neurology NowThe Dallas Morning News, and many others.