Hallam Hurt, MD

Areas of Expertise: Developmental follow-up, Effect of poverty on cognitive outcome of infants and children, Gestational drug exposure, High risk infants, Precursors to drug use in youth, Underserved children
Locations: CHOP Newborn Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA


    University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA


    University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA


    University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA

    Board Certification

    Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

    Undergraduate Degree

    BS in Government - Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Neonatologist

    Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Centers and Programs
  • Research Interests

    Effects of maternal substance use on the immediate and long-term outcome of children
    Understanding poverty and other complex factors that affect the lives of inner-city children
    Neonatal outcomes

    See my profile on the CHOP Research Institute website

  • Publications



    Khurana, A, Romer, D., Betancourt, L. M., Brodsky, N. L., Giannetta, J. M., & Hurt, H. Working memory ability predicts trajectories of early alcohol use in adolescents: The mediational role of impulsivity. Addiction, 2013:108(3),506-515.

    Khurana, A, Romer, D., Betancourt, L. M., Brodsky, N. L., Giannetta, J. M., & Hurt, H. Early adolescent sexual debut: The mediating role of working memory ability, sensation seeking and impulsivity. Developmental Psychology, 2012: 48(5), 1416-1428.

    Hurt H, Foy D, Ziolkowski (Contributing Investigators). Effects of targeting higher vs lower arterial oxygen saturations on death or disability in extremely preterm infants. JAMA, 2013;309(20):doi:1 0.1 001/JAMA2013.5555.

    Hackman DA, Betancourt LM, Brodsky NL, Kobrin L, Hurt H, Farah MJ. (2013) Selective impact of early parental responsivity on adolescent stress reactivity. PLoS ONE 8(3), e58250.

    Wild KT, Brodsky NL, Betancourt LM, Hurt H. The effect of socioeconomic status on the language outcome of preterm infants at toddler age. Early Hum Dev, September 2013:78(8)m 743-746.


    Khurana A, Romer D, Betancourt LM, Brodsky NL, Giannetta JM, Hurt H. Early adolescent sexual debut: The mediating role of working memory ability, sensation-seeking and impulsivity. Dev Psychol. February 27,2012. Epub 3/01/12.

    Handzel JM, Brodsky NL, Betancourt L, Hurt H. Longitudinal follow-up of poor inner-city youth between ages 8 and 18: Intentions versus reality. Pediatrics, March 2012; 129(3):473-478. PMCID: 3289529.

    Giannetta M, Betancourt LM, Brodsky NL, Wintersteen MB, Romer D, Giannetta JM, Hurt H. Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm Behavior in a Community Sample of Preadolescent Youth: A Case-Control Study. J Adolesc Health. May 2012; 50(5):524-526.

    Hackman DA, Betancourt LM, Brodsky NL, Hurt H, Farah MJ. Neighborhood disadvantage and adolescent stress reactivity. Front Hum Neurosci, 2012; 6:277. PMID: 3469875.


    Romer D, Betancourt LM, Brodsky NL, Giannetta JM, Yang W, Hurt H. Does adolescent risk taking imply weak executive function? A prospective study of relations between working memory performance, impulsivity, and risk taking in early adolescence. Dev Sci. 2011 Sep; 14(5):1119-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01061.x. Epub 2011 Jun 18. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21884327. Read the abstract.

    Betancourt LM, Brodsky NL, Brown CA, McKenna KA, Giannetta JM, Yang W, et al. Is executive cognitive function associated with youth gambling? J Gambl Stud. Epub 2011 Jun 23. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21698342. Read the abstract.

    Betancourt LM, Yang W, Brodsky NL, Gallagher PR, Malmud EK, Giannetta JM, et al. Adolescents with and without gestational cocaine exposure: longitudinal analysis of inhibitory control, memory and receptive language. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2011 Jan-Feb; 33(1):36-46. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21256423. Read the abstract.


    Wu WC, Jain V, Li C, Giannetta M, Hurt H, Wehrli FW, et al. In vivo venous blood T1 measurement using inversion recovery true-FISP in children and adults. Magn Reson Med. 2010 Oct;64(4):1140-7. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20564586. Read the article.

    Walsh MC, Hibbs AM, Martin CR, Cnaan A, Keller RL, Vittinghoff E, et al. Two-year neurodevelopmental outcomes of ventilated preterm infants treated with inhaled nitric oxide. J Pediatr. 2010 Apr;156(4):556-61.e.1. Epub 2010 Feb 6. Read the article.


    Buckley EM, Cook NM, Durduran T, Kim MN, Zhou C, Choe R, et al. Cerebral hemodynamics in preterm infants during positional intervention measured with diffuse correlation spectroscopy and transcranial Doppler ultrasound. Opt Express. 2009 Jul 20; 17(15) 12571-81. Cited in PubMed; PMID 19654660. Read the article.

    Romer D, Betancourt LM, Giannetta JM, Brodsky NL, Farah MJ, Hurt H. Executive cognitive functions and impulsivity as correlates of risk taking and problem behavior in preadolescents. Neuropsychologia. 2009 Nov;47(13):2916-26. Epub 2009 Jun 26. Cited in PubMed; PMID 19560477.  Read the article.

    Rao H, Betancourt L, Giannetta JM, Brodsky NL, Korczykowski M, Avants BB, et al. Early parental care is important for hippocampal maturation: evidence from brain morphology in humans. NeuroImage. 2010 Jan 1;49(1):1144-50. Epub 2009 Jul 9. Read the article.

    Hurt H, Betancourt LM, Malmud EK, Shera, DM, Giannetta JM, Brodsky NL, et al. Children with and without gestational cocaine exposure: A neurocognitive systems analysis. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2009; Nov-Dec;31(6):334-41. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21256423. Read the article.