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Sandra B Chapman
Director-Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Office MailstopMail Box: CBH, BH3.426, Room No.: CBH3426 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-3007    URL Chapman Sandra's Webpage    Media Contact
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Jones, Bruce Lee
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.Communication DisordersUniversity of Texas at Dallas1986
 M.A.Communication DisordersUniversity of North Texas1974
 B.A.Speech PathologyUniversity of North Texas1973
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Research Interests

My research spans the age spectrum from studies that evaluate plasticity in brain-injured children and adolescents to research focused on understanding the potential for plasticity throughout adulthood into very old age. I explore relationships among cognitive abilities, discourse function, neurological profiles and intervention as well as drug therapies using structural brain imaging measures (MRI) and functional brain imaging measures (SPECT, fMRI).

My research goal is to optimize brain performance in brain health, brain injury and brain disease, giving specific focus to frontal lobe function.

Healthy Brain Development:

  • Extending brain health span to match increasing lifespan expectancy
  • Building brain resilience
  • Bettering decision-making
  • Enriching complex brain function
  • Enhancing teen reasoning

Brain Disease and Disorder:

  • Autism
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Addiction
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Schizophrenia

Brain Injury:

  • Concussion
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Brain tumor
  • Chemo brain
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  YearPublication  Type
Zientz, J., Rackley, A., Chapman, S.B., Hopper, T., Mahendra, N., Kim, E.S., Cleary, S. Evidence-based Practice Recommendations for Dementia: Educating Caregivers on Alzheimer's Disease and Training Communication Strategies. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology. (in press).
Category: Journal of Medical Speech—Language Pathology
Peer reviewed
Cook, L. G., Chapman, S.B., & Gamino, J. F. (in press). Impaired discourse gist in pediatric brain injury: Missing the forest for the trees. In K. Cain and J. Oakhill (Eds.), Cognitive bases of chiIdren's language comprehension difficulties. New York: Guilford Publications, Inc. (2005)
Book chapters
Wong, S.B.Chiu; Anand, R.; Chapman, S.B.; Rackley, A.M.; Zientz, J.N. When Nouns and Verbs Degrade: Facilitating Communication in Semantic Dementia. A Special Issue of the Journal Aphasiology. (in press).
Category:  A Special Issue of the Journal Aphasiology
Peer reviewed
Wong, S. B. C., Anand, R., Chapman, S. B., Audette, R., & Zientz, J. (in press). When Nouns and Verbs Degrade: Facilitating Communication in Semantic Dementia. Aphasiology.
Category: Aphasiology
Peer reviewed
Chapman, S.B., & Kirkland, S. (2013). Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain's Creativity, Energy and Focus. New York, NY: Free Press.
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2006 2006 Super Achievers and Multitasking: ls it Brain HeaIthy ?
Vital Mind organization Dallas, TX
2006 2006 High Achievers in Academic Medicine and Multi-taking - is it good for Brain Health?
Women in Science and Medicine Symposium at UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, TX
2006 2006 Taking Steps to Build a Healthy Brain
Chautauqua Series, Presbyterian Village North Foundation Dallas, TX
2006 2006 Super Women and Multitasking
Le Femme du Monde Dallas, TX
2006 2006 Brain Discoveries: Important Partnerships Build Lasting "Connections"
Conference of Southwest Foundations Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2005-PresentSteering Committee memberDepartment of Bioengineering The University of Texas at Dallas
2005-PresentEditorial Board  Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine for Neuroscience Section
2004-PresentDee Wyly Distinguished Chair  The University of Texas at Dallas
2003-PresentProfessorBehavioral and Brain Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
2003-PresentHead of Neurological Disorders of the Aging BrainInstitute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology The University of Texas at Dallas
1997-PresentDirectorCenter for BrainHealth The University of Texas at Dallas
1996CoordinatorInternational Symposium on Aging and AIzheimer's Disease The University of Texas at Dallas
1987-PresentConsultant and InvestigatorAlzheimer's Disease Research Center The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
1986-2003Faculty/Research Scientist  The University of Texas at Dallas
1986-PresentAdjunct Instructor in Neurology  The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
1986-1990Project Coordinator and Research Scientist  The University of Texas at Dallas
1983-1984CoordinatorInternational Symposium on Communication and Aging The University of Texas at Dallas
2005-PresentHuman Performance EquipmentFederal Initiative for Institute for Biomedical Sciences and Technology Current
2005-2010Prospective Memory in Children with Traumatic Brain InjuryNIH Previous
2004-2009Social Development Following Preschool Brain InjuryNIH Previous
2004-2009Genetic Factors in Outcome after Traumatic Brain InjuryNIH Previous
2004-2009Neurobehavioral Outcome of Head Injury in ChiIdrenNINCDS Previous
2005-2008Quantifying Anticipatory CharacteristicsNSF Previous
2004-2008Childhood Stroke: Attention and ADHDNIH Previous
2002-2005Frontal Temporal Dementia: Genes, Images, and EmotionsUCSF Previous
2002-2005Cognitive Communication Recovery after Brain InjuryDerek Bruce Recovery Project$100,000Previous
2002-2002Images, Language, and Genes in Pediatric Brain lnjuryCrystal Charity Ball$250,000Previous
2002-2002Spared and Impaired Abilities in Normal Elderly AdultsCitiGroup and Presbyterian Village North$30,000Previous
2000-2000BehavioraI and Genetic Distinctions in Primary Progressive Aphasia and Motor-Speech Loss $100,000Previous
2000-2000Randomized Trials of Cognitive Communication in Adults with AIzheimer's Disease $125,000Previous
1998-1999Functional Brain Imaging in Children after Brain InjuryNational Paralysis Foundation$150,000Previous
1996-1998Cu|turaI Influence on Aphasia in African-AmericansVeterans Administration Previous
1991-1996Cognitive Discourse Processing in Elderly PopulatlonsNational Institute of Aging Previous
1992-1994Discourse Processing in Neurologically Impaired and Normal Elderly PopuIationsTexas Advanced Research Program Previous
1991-1993Neurobehavioral Outcome of Head Injury in ChiIdrenNINCDS Previous
 Child H.O.P.E. ProjectNannie Hogan Boyd Trust, Nations Bank of Texas$90,000Previous
 News Articles
BrainHealth Director Recognized for Research Impact
UT Dallas News Center
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.

Study Finds That Age Does Not Impair Decision-Making Capabilities
UT Dallas News Center
Contrary to conventional wisdom that cognitive function declines beginning in the mid-40s, aging does not correlate with a deteriorating ability to think for ourselves.  These are the findings of one of the first projects to investigate the connection between cognitive health, aging and decision-making capacity. 
The research was conducted with men and women in their 50s, 60s and 70s by the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth and the MetLife Mature Market Institute. The study demonstrates that age alone is not a key factor in predicting the ability to make decisions.
Focusing on healthy adults in that age bracket, the researchers found that those who demonstrated smart decision-making also excelled at strategic learning—the ability to sift more-important information from the less-important. 

Center for BrainHealth Founder Publishes Brain Fitness Guide
UT Dallas News Center

The founder and chief director of UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth has published a new book that condenses 30 years of her research into a brain health fitness guide designed to maximize brain potential.

In Make Your Brain Smarter – Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy, and Focus, Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman provides techniques to improve creative and critical thinking, strengthen healthy brain development and incite innovation throughout the lifespan.

The book, written by Chapman and the Center’s public relations director, Shelly Kirkland, takes readers on a quick tour of the brain’s frontal lobe and introduces readers to their cognitive CEO, the prefrontal cortex.

Dallas Business Journal Salutes BrainHealth Director
UT Dallas News Center
Dr. Sandra Chapman, chief director of the Center for BrainHealth and a professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, has been named one of the Top 25 Changemakers in the Dallas area as part of the Dallas Business Journal’s 2009 Women in Business Awards.
“Through her outstanding leadership, vision and profound passion, she has achieved tremendous success with research initiatives and programs in understanding, protecting and healing the brain,” said Pagett Gosslee, director of development and alumni relations for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, who nominated Chapman.

New Book Looks at Changes in the Adolescent Brain
News Center at UT Dallas

UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth’s chief director, Dr. Sandra Chapman, was part of an interdisciplinary team that wrote and edited a new book, The Adolescent Brain: Learning, Reasoning and Decision Making.
The collaborative team included Valerie Reyna, professor and co-director of Cornell’s Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Research; Michael Dougherty, professor of psychology at the University of Maryland; and Jere Confrey, professor of mathematics education at North Carolina State University. 
A teenage brain undergoes big changes and does not  look or function like an adult brain until well into a person’s 20s.The Adolescent Brain highlights recent neuroscience discoveries related to how the brain develops and the implications for real-world problems. The book discusses how to teach young people and prepare them to make healthy life choices.

BrainHealth Director Shares Science of Thinking in TEDx Talk
UT Dallas News Center

Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth, presented Make Your Brain Smarter: It’s Not What You Think at a TEDx conference earlier this month in Washington D.C.  
Her 10-minute talk took aim at long-standing beliefs about what “smart” is and offered strategies to lengthen “brain spans” to more closely match the lengthening human lifespan.
Chapman's talk has been posted to the TEDx YouTube Channel. It was one of 20 presentations at the conference.
Chapman is the Dee Wyly Distinguished University Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her research seeks new approaches to advance higher-order thinking, strengthen healthy brain development, and repair lost cognitive performance throughout life. She is author of the book Make Your Brain Smarter.

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Director of the UTD Center for BrainHealth

Profeesional Membership
  • Academy of Aphasia
  • Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences
  • AIzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, Inc.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Psychological Society
  • American Speech Language and Hearing Association
  • American Society of Aging
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Aphasia Association
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • National Aphasia Association, Regional Representative
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Texas Speech and Hearing Association
  • Who's Who in America
  • Jonathan Bailey Associates Scientific Advisory Board
  • Charter 100 Member
  • International Women's Forum Member
  • The Association of Women for Alzheimers Research and Education (A.W.A.R.E.)

  • 2004 University of Texas at Dallas Outstanding Alumni Award
  • 2004 Selected to appear in print advertisement in Issues in Science and Technology
  • 1998 Research featured as outstanding accomplishments in the Special 10-year Report of Life Sciences Research in Texas
  • 1991 Outstanding Publication Award, Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • 1990 Selected as one of top 100 graduates in 100 year history, University of North Texas
  • 1990 Research selected as Outstanding Award at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
  • 1989 Recognized as Outstanding Speech-Language Pathologist
  • 1988 University of North Texas, Outstanding Alumni

Personal Statement

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas and author of Make Your Brain Smarter, is committed to maximizing cognitive potential across the entire 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, decision-making and judgment. 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. Dr. Chapman is actively studying the informative pathways to brain change in health, injury and disease; identifying novel non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment approaches, and testing the effect of brain training to exploit brain potential.

A renown cognitive neuroscience expert, she is discovering ways to build resilience, regain cognitive function and retrain the brain to maximize the immense potential of our most vital organ. Dedicated to improving lives today and changing how the public thinks and acts about the brain and its health, Dr. Chapman is committed to promoting brain health fitness, developing futuristic thinkers, and helping individuals, young or old, think smarter.

With federal, state and private philanthropic support, she is pushing the limits of cognitive capacity in healthy adults of all ages - teens, young adults, Boomers, and Traditionalists, business executives, educators, veterans, athletes who have experienced concussions, those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Asperger's and many others.

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