Gia Washington Readoux, PhD
Dr. Washington Readoux graduated from STA in 1992. She is a pediatric psychologist at Texas Children’s Hospital.
What words of wisdom do you have to share with young women interested in a STEAM-related career?
My advice for young women considering a STEAM career is follow your curiosity. Make sure to keep an eye on the things you are curious about, those that interest you and excite you.
When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in STEAM?
I knew that I wanted to be a psychologist when I was 16 years old -- a junior at St. Teresa’s Academy. I knew early on it would be a long process with years of training but it was really the only thing I was interested in so I stayed the course. At the time, I had no idea I could specialize in pediatric psychology. I am the first Black pediatric psychologist at Texas Children’s Hospital. I work with adolescents who have chronic health conditions (like gynecological anomalies, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Sickle Cell Disease and other blood disorders) and those who need pre-surgical psychological evaluations. I am also board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology.
What’s the best thing about your job?
My favorite thing about my job is that I get to do so many different things! I love working with the adolescents and families who receive my clinical services and I also really enjoy consulting with physicians, hospital staff and administrators. I direct a peer support program in which medical staff members provide emotional support and coaching to one another. I was asked to launch this program at the beginning of the pandemic. It's been a success and a wonderful opportunity to serve the Texas Children’s Hospital community.