Pamela Cantor, M.D.

Nonprofit Fellow


President & Chief Executive Officer, Turnaround for Children

Pamela Cantor, M.D., is President and Chief Executive Officer of Turnaround for Children, a nonprofit organization that connects the dots between science, adversity and school performance to catalyze healthy student development and academic achievement. 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. Previously, she co-organized the National Summit for Children Exposed to Violence with Eric Holder, and served as co-director for the Eastern European Child Abuse and Child Mental Health Project, supported by George Soros. Dr. Cantor’s work has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Washington Post. She was awarded the 2014 Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Impact and was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2013. She is also a Visiting Scholar in Education at Harvard University.