Dr. Pamela Cantor

Dr. Pamela Cantor

Pamela Cantor, M.D. 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. 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.

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