Grace S. Kao, PhD


  • Texas Medical Center



Phone: 832-824-5800
Fax: 832-825-5801

Contact Information

6701 Fannin Street, 16th Floor
16th Floor
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Licensed Psychologist

Texas Children's Hospital

Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Stanford University Pain Management Center fellowship Pediatric Pain Psychology 2014
Texas A&M University university Doctor of Philosophy 2013
Texas A & M University - College Station university Masters of Education 2011


Dr. Kao works closely with patients and families and a multidisciplinary team of clinicians to address pain coping. With such an intimate connection between mind and body, pain can affect many aspects of life, including school, sleep, family, and friends. Dr. Kao works with patients and parents to help them utilize non-pharmacological techniques for management of discomfort and provides individualized treatment for stress, anxiety, and/or depressive symptoms, etc., which can be so closely tied to experiencing pain. Her interests include traumatic stress and coping, pain and multicultural influences.


Organization Name Role
American Pain Society Member
American Psychological Association, Division 54, Society of Pediatric Psychology; Division 53, Clinical Child Psychology; Division 56, Trauma Psychology; Division 35, Society for the Psychology of Women Member

Selected Publications

Bhandari, R., Kao, G., Logan, D. E. (2014). Pediatric pain psychology fellowship training: Current trends in the USA and future goals. Pediatric Pain Letter, 16, 22-28.

Liew, J., Lench, H.C., Kao, G., Yeh, Y., & Kwok, O. (2014). Avoidance temperament and social-evaluative threat in college students’ math performance: A mediation model of math and test anxiety. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping: An International Journal, doi: 10.1080/10615806.2014.910303.

Kao, G. & Thomas, H. (2010). Test review: C. Keith Conners Conners 3rd Edition. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 28, 598-602.