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Pamela Cantor, M.D.

Turnaround for Children
Founder and Senior Science Advisor
Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Turnaround for Children, practiced child psychiatry for nearly two decades, specializing in trauma. She founded the education nonprofit Turnaround for Children after co-authoring a study on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on New York City schoolchildren. Turnaround connects the dots between science,
adversity and school performance, equipping educators with tools and strategies to put children on a healthier developmental trajectory, no matter their start in life.
After leading Turnaround for 16 years, in 2018, Dr. Cantor transitioned to a new role as Founder and Senior Science Advisor. She now focuses on the scientific underpinnings of Turnaround’s work, on targeted thought leadership opportunities and key development initiatives.

In 2018, Applied Developmental Science published two papers Dr. Cantor co-authored, “Malleability, Plasticity, and Individuality: How Children Learn and Develop in Context” and “Drivers of Human Development: How Relationships and Context Shape Learning and Development.”

Dr. Cantor received an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a Visiting Scholar in Education at Harvard University, a member of the Council of Distinguished Scientists for the National Commission on Social, Emotional & Academic Development,
and a leader of the Science of Learning and Development Initiative. An Ashoka Fellow, Dr. Cantor was awarded the 2014 Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Impact.