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

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.

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 HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1997

Board Certifications

  • Psychology

Languages Spoken

  • English