Hallam Hurt, MD

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Hallam Hurt, MD, is the Education Director and attending neonatologist in the Neonatal Follow-up Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.

Areas of Expertise: Developmental follow-up, Effect of poverty on cognitive outcome of infants and children, Gestational drug exposure, High risk infants, Underserved children
Locations: CHOP at Penn Medicine Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care

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 – American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Undergraduate Degree

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

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Neonatologist

Education Director, Neonatal Follow-up Program at Buerger Center

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

Departments and Services

Research Interests

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

See my profile on the CHOP Research Institute website




Brady JM, Pouppirt N, Bernbaum J, D'Agostina J, Gerdes M, Hoffman C, Cook N, Hurt H, Kirpalani H, DeMauro SB: Why do children with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia not attend neonatal follow-up care? Acta Paediatr 107(6): 996-1002, June 2018 Notes:  Mar 8Epub 2018.

Khurana A, Romer D, Betancourt LM, Hurt H: Modeling Trajectories of Sensation Seeking and Impulsivity Dimensions from Early to Late Adolescence: Universal Trends or Sub-groups? J Youth Adolesc 47(9): 1992-2005, September 2018. PMCID:PMC6098970


Khurana A, Romer D, Betancourt LM & Hurt H: Working memory ability and early drug use progression as predictors of adolescent substance use disorders. Addiction February 2017 Notes: doi: 10.1111/add.13792.

Khurana A, Romer D, Betancourt LM, Hurt H: Working Memory Ability and Early Drug Use Progression as Predictors of Adolescent Substance Use Disorders. Addiction 112(7): 1220-1228 April 2017 Notes: doi:  10.1111/add.13792.   

Hurt H, Betancourt LM: Turning one year of age in a low socioeconomic environment: A portrait of disadvantage Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. doi 10.1097/DBP.


Hurt H, Betancourt LM: Effect of socioeconomic status disparity on child language and neural outcome: How early is early? Pediatr Res 79(1-2): 148-58, Jan 2016.

Betancourt LM, Avants B, Farah MJ, Brodsky NL, Wu J, Ashtari M, Hurt H. : Effect of socioeconomic status (SES) disparity on neural development in female African-American infants at age 1 month.  Dev Sci. 19(6): 947-956, November 2016.

Rubinos LH, Brown M, Bahrami L, Christ L, Hurt H: The story behind NICU reading programs. J Perinatol 36(11): 155, 2016.


Goldman Marina, Ehrman Ronald N, Suh Jesse J, Hurt Hallam, Marquez Kathleen, Franklin Teresa R, O'Brien Charles P, Childress Anna Rose: Brief report: "Spiders-No, Puppies-Go", introducing a novel Go NoGo task tested in inner city adolescents at risk for poor impulse control. Journal of Adolescence 38: 45-8, Jan 2015.

Khurana A, Romer D, Betancourt LM, Brodsky NL, Giannetta JM, Hurt H: Experimentation vs. Progression in Adolescent Drug Use:  A Test of an Emerging Neurobehavioral Imbalance Mode. Development and Psychopathology  Cambridge University press, Mar 2015.

Khurana A, Romer D, Betancourt LM, Brodsky NL, Giannetta JM, Hurt H: Stronger working memory reduces sexual risk-taking in adolescents, even after controlling for parental influences.    Child Dev June 2015.

Avants BB, Hackman DA, Betancourt LM, Lawson GM, Hurt H, Farah M: Relation of Childhood Home Environment to Cortical Thickness in Late Adolescence: Specificity of Experience and Timing  PLOS ONE Oct 2015.

Betancourt LM, Avants B, Farah MJ, Brodsky NL, Wu J, Ashtari M, and Hurt H.: Effect of Socioeconomic Status (SES) Disparity on Infant Neural Development at Age 1 Month.  Dev Sci  Oct 2015.

Betancourt LM, Brodsky NL, Hurt H.: Socioeconomic (SES) Differences in Language are Evident in Infants at 7 months of Age.  Early Hum Dev.  Oct 2015.


Schmidt Barbara, Roberts Robin S, Whyte Robin K, Asztalos Elizabeth V, Poets Christian, Rabi Yacov, Solimano Alfonso, Nelson Harvey: Impact of study oximeter masking algorithm on titration of oxygen therapy in the Canadian oxygen trial. The Journal of Pediatrics 165(4): 666-71.e2, Oct 2014.

Hackman Daniel A, Betancourt Laura M, Gallop Robert, Romer Daniel, Brodsky Nancy L, Hurt Hallam, Farah Martha J: Mapping the trajectory of socioeconomic disparity in working memory: parental and neighborhood factors. Child Development 85(4): 1433-45, Jul-Aug 2014.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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. 

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.

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.