Pamela Cantor, M.D.

Founder, President, and CEO, Turnaround for Children

Pamela Cantor, M.D. leads Turnaround for Children, a nonprofit organization that partners with low-performing public schools to understand and address obstacles to teaching and learning that stem from the stress of poverty. By translating learnings from neuroscience and the study of child development into educational practice, Turnaround helps struggling schools set the stage for academic achievement and healthy student growth. As David Bornstein wrote in The New York Times, “What makes Turnaround’s work so compelling is how it has broken down its long-term vision of school transformation into processes and chunks that are themselves teachable to educators and administrators.”

Dr. Cantor practiced child psychiatry for nearly two decades, specializing in trauma. She founded Turnaround after co-authoring a study on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on schoolchildren. She is an Ashoka Fellow and was awarded the 2014 Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Impact.