Scott J. Hunter, PhD

Pediatric Psychiatry | More

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Pediatrics Director, Neuropsychology
Coordinator, Child Psychology Training Program
Vice Chair, Biological Sciences Division/University of Chicago Medical Center Institutional Review Board

A clinically integrated network of physicians and providers employed by UChicago Medicine who offer care in inpatient, community, ambulatory, acute care or extended care settings.

Scott J. Hunter, PhD, specializes in pediatric neuropsychology and pediatric psychology. In the clinic and in his research, Dr. Hunter focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of learning, developmental, and neurobehavioral disorders, with particular interests in the neuropsychological complications of medical illness and its treatment in pediatric patients, executive function development, subcortically-based neurodevelopmental disorders, and the identification of neurological and behavioral risk factors that contribute to developmental disabilities.

Dr. Hunter is an expert in the neuropsychological and psychosocial aspects of many childhood-onset conditions, including learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy, childhood cancers, hydrocephalus, neurofibromatosis and autism. He is also an expert on the impact environmental and socioeconomic factors have on neuropsychological development and disabilities. He has written articles and book chapters on his research and clinical interests, and has given presentations based on his research findings at conferences around the world.


Areas of Expertise

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Pediatric Movement Disorders
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Developmental Sequelae of Prenatal & Neonatal Brain Injuries
  • Brain & Nervous System Tumors
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Infectious & Autoimmune Diseases
  • Learning Disabilities
  • LGBTQ Health
  • Knowledgeable About Sexual and Gender Minorities
  • Gay and Bisexual Men's Health
  • Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health

Medical Education

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine


  • Northwestern Medicine


  • University of Rochester Medical Center

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare*
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1997

Board Certifications

  • Psychology

Languages Spoken

  • English