My road in life has taken me all over.
I experienced trauma in childhood, which caused me to think of myself as a mess—I sought help from a psychiatrist who saw my worth and encouraged my dreams of becoming a doctor.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in art and took classes in art, art history, dance, and folklore and mythology.
I hadn't taken a single math or science course, so when I decided to become a doctor, I had to take GED courses in math and science so I could apply to a pre-med program.
I completed a pre-med program at Columbia University and medical school at Cornell University.
After medical school, I did my residency in child psychiatry, then began to build a private practice and worked at the Yale Child Study Center.
After the September 11 attacks, I helped lead a study to assess the levels of trauma among New York City public school children—after visiting schools for the study, I founded Turnaround for Children.
I stopped practicing as a doctor and used Turnaround for Children to get what I’d learned in medical school about kids and learning into the hands of teachers and schools.
Now, I translate the science of learning and development to transform the settings where children learn and grow to unlock the potential inside every child.
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