Scott J. Hunter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Pediatrics
Director of Neuropsychology
Director, Clinical Psychology Training Program

5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 3077, Rm W410
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-702-2227
Patient Calls: 773-702-9692
Fax: 773-702-9929
Website: http://www.uchicagokidshospital.org/physicians/scott-hunter.html

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Clinical and Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1996
  • Clinical Psychology Internship, Northwestern University Medical School, Stone Institute of Psychiatry, Chicago, IL, 1995-1996
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pediatric Neuropsychology and Developmental Disabilities, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, 1996-1997

Clinical Interests

  • Pediatric Medical Neuropsychology
    • Neurofibromatosis
    • Epilepsy
    • Brain and nervous system tumors
    • Infectious and autoimmune diseases
    • Developmental sequelae of prenatal and neonatal brain injuries
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Tourette Syndrome and Pediatric Movement Disorders
    • Intellectual Disability Syndromes
    • Learning Disorders

Research Interests

  • Neurocognitive and behavioral effects of medical interventions for pediatric neurological and developmental disorders
  • Executive and regulatory development in typical and developmentally disordered children and adolescents
  • Efficacy of pharmacological and surgical interventions for intractable epilepsies

Teaching

  • Director, Pediatric Clinical Neuroscience Seminar
  • Director, Structured Assessment Approaches in Child Psychiatry course
  • Co-Director, Developmental Psychopathology course
  • Co-Director, Cognitive and Interpersonal Therapies with Children and Adolescents course
  • Co-Director, Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic

Society Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • Sigma Xi

Selected Publications - Books

  • Hunter, S.J. & Donders, J. (2007). Pediatric neuropsychological intervention: A critical review of science and practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hunter, S.J. & Donders, J. (2010). Principles and practice of lifespan developmental neuropsychology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hunter, S.J. & Sparrow, E. (in press). Making sense of executive function and dysfunction. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Selected Publications - Articles and Abstracts

  • Sanchez, L.M., Chronis, A.M., & Hunter, S. (2006).  Improving compliance with diabetes management in young adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder using behavior therapy.  Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 13:134-145.
  • Hunter, S.J., Rubinstein, A., Kohrman, M., Hecox, K., & Grieve, A. (2006).  Neuropsychological change associated with levetiracetam (Keppra) when treating children with epilepsy.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 12: S1-67.
  • Dumitrescu, C.C. & Hunter, S.J. (2006).  Neuropsychological profile differences between Aspergers Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Implications for diagnostic divergence.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 12: S1-90.
  • Hunter, S.J., Malzer, V., Noll, L., Pranzatelli, M., & Tate. E. (2006).  Characterizing neurocognitive and behavioral functioning in pediatric opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome (OMS). Neuropediatrics, 37: S101.
  • Pyykkonen, B.A., Oliveira, M.D., Hunter, S.J., Larson, E.R., Lacy, M., Mottlow, D., & Frim, D. (2007).  Interaction between intellectual and academic functioning in congenital hydrocephalus.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13: S1-172.
  • De la Loge, C., Hunter, S., Schiemann, J., Yang, H., & LEV N01103 Pediatric Study Group (2008).  Adjunctive levetiracetam for partial onset seizures: Assessment of behavioral and emotional function in children and adolescents in a randomized placebo-controlled study.  Neurology, 70 (suppl. 1): A74.
  • Lacy, M., Pyykkonen, B.A., Hunter, S.J., Do, T., Oliveira, M., Austria, E., Mottlow, D., Larson, E., & Frim, D. (2008).  Intellectual functioning in children with early-shunted post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus.  Pediatric Neurosurgery, 44: 376-381.
  • Levisohn, P., Mintz, M., Hunter, S.J., Yang, H., Jones, J., & the N01103 Levetiracetam Study Group (2009). A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, non-inferiority trial to evaluate the neurocognitive effects of adjunctive levetiracetam in children with partial onset epilepsy. Epilepsia, 50, 2377-2389.
  • De la Loge, C., Hunter, S.J., Schiemann, J. & Yang, H. (2010). Assessment of behavioral and emotional functioning using standardized instruments in children and adolescents with partial-onset seizures treated with adjunctive levetiracetam in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Epilepsy and Behavior, 18 , 291-298.
  • Pina-Garza, J.E., Schiemann-Delgardo, J., Yang, H., Duncan, B., Hadac, J., & Hunter, S.J. (in press). Adjunctive levetiracetam in patients aged 1 month to <4 months with partial onset seizures: An open-label long-term follow-up study. Clinical Therapeutics.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Lacy, M., Hunter, S., Oliveira, M., Pyykkonen, B., Mottlow, D., & Frim, D.  (2007, September).  IQ and scholastic achievement in children with hydrocephalus: Are there strategies of remediation?  Presentation to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, Pediatric Neurosurgical Forum, San Diego, CA.
  • Mintz, M., Hunter, S., Yang, H., Schiemann, J., Jones, J., & Stalvey, T. (2007, December).  A randomized, double-blind, multicenter, placebo-controlled safety study to evaluate the cognitive and neuropsychological effects of levetiracetam 20-60 mg/kg/day as adjunctive treatment in pediatric patients with partial onset seizures.  Presentation to the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, Philadelphia, PA.
  • De la Loge, C., Hunter, S., Schiemann, J., Yang, H., & LEV N01103 Pediatric Study Group (2008, April).  Adjunctive levetiracetam for partial onset seizures: Assessment of behavioral and emotional function in children and adolescents in a randomized placebo-controlled study.  Presentation to the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Chicago, IL.
  • Drane, D., Finton, M., Salinsky, M., Schoenberg, M., & Hunter, S. (2008, October).  Clinical trials in epilepsy: Past, present, and future practice.  Symposium presentation to the 28th Annual National Academy of Neuropsychology Conference, New York, NY.
  • De la Loge, C., Yang, H., Schiemann, J., & Hunter, S. (2008, November).  Can the CHQ-PF50 be used to monitor changes in behavioral and emotional functioning in children treated for epilepsy?  Presentation to the 11th Annual European Congress of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), Athens, Greece.
  • Sinsioco, C., Kohrman, M., Hunter, S., & Malzer, V. (2008, December).  Neurocognitive outcomes of pediatric patients after epilepsy surgery.  Presentation to the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, Seattle, WA.
  • Farmer, T. & Hunter, S.J. (2009, February).  Neuropsychological moderators of social skills in children with complex partial and primary generalized epilepsy.  Presentation to the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Atlanta, GA.
  • Felix, L. & Hunter, S.J. (2009, February). The relative contribution of executive functioning to the relationship between cognitive and academic functioning in children with epilepsy. Presentation to the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Atlanta, GA.
  • Thome, J., Hunter, S.J., Drossos, T., & Casnar, C. (2010, February). Open-lip schizencephaly: Neurobehavioral presentation of an 8-year-old boy. Presentation to the 37th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Acapulco, Mexico.
  • Hunter, S.J., Casnar, C., Sinsioco, C., Ogden, P. & Kohrman, M. (2010, February). Neurocognitive and behavioral outcomes of pediatric epilepsy surgery. Presentation to the 37th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Acapulco, Mexico.
  • Casnar, C., Hunter, S.J., & Felix, L. (2010, February). Utility of the BASC-2 and BRIEF in discriminating Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and comorbid ASD/ADHD. Presentation to the 37th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Acapulco, Mexico.

Other Activities

  • Member, Professional Advisory Board, International Dyslexia Association, Illinois Chapter
  • Member, Professional Advisory Board, Angelman Syndrome Foundation
  • Member, NF-1 Neurocognitive Interventional Study Committee, US Department of Defense
  • Member, Children’s Oncology Group, Behavioral Science Section, NIH
  • Liaison to APA Committee on Children, Youth & Families, Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), American Psychological Association