Brain Performance Institute Partners with Ciber to Reach First Responders in North Texas

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Center for BrainHealth`s Brain Performance Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas has joined forces with Ciber to deliver its evidence-based high performance brain training program called SMART (Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training) to first responders in North Texas. A group from the Plano Police Department completed the program this week.

"Our mission at the Center for BrainHealth`s Brain Performance Institute(TM) is to maximize brain performance by providing strategies that enhance brain health, minimize stress and improve productivity," said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth® at The University of Texas at Dallas. "With Ciber`s generous support, we are furthering our efforts to reach as many of the more than 50,000 law enforcement officers in Texas to ensure they thrive both personally and professionally." 

Based on more than 30 years of neuroscience research, the SMART program focuses on the brain`s intricate frontal lobe networks that govern planning, judgment, decision-making, problem-solving, emotional regulation and other cognitive functions. Through the training, first responders are equipped with strategies to achieve maximum brain performance, minimize stress and improve productivity. Program outcome measures with previous participants show improvement in trained areas of cognitive performance such as attention, reasoning and innovation as well as real-life benefits including improved organizational skills, better mood and fewer stress symptoms.

"This is a unique opportunity for law enforcement, and we are honored to be asked to take part in this training to maximize brain performance," said Gregory Rushin, Chief of the Plano Police Department.

"At Ciber, we are dedicated to serving the communities where we work and live," said Michael Boustridge, Ciber president and CEO. "We are happy to support the Center for BrainHealth`s life-changing work and our local first responders by supporting this unique training program."

Since its founding in 2013, the Center for BrainHealth`s Brain Performance Institute has reached more than 50,000 individuals including military service members, veterans, military spouses and caregivers, collegiate and professional athletes, corporate executives, and teens in more than 15 states.

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