Program Coordinators and 2018-2019 Peer Advocates

Program Coordinators


Ashwini Lal, Psy.D.

Staff Clinical Psychologist
Peer Advocate Program Advisor and Instructor

Education: Psy.D., Illinois School of Professional Psychology; B.A., Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine
Professional Interests: 
Grief/Loss, Cultural and sexual Identity, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Suicide assessment/treatment, Life transitions

Dr. Lal has trained and worked in different hospitals (VA, County, Private) and university health settings. Prior to his work at Caltech which began in August 2016, he was working in the health center at Stanford University. Throughout his career, he has contributed to the research literature, has written online articles, and has been involved in radio shows addressing mental health issues.

He uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy focused on increasing awareness into factors contributing to struggles and works collaboratively to increase one’s ability to manage symptoms. Symptom management provides immediate relief while allowing for the therapist and patient to work collaboratively to gain an in-depth understanding of the patient’s struggles. This increased awareness leads to long term improvement and increased life satisfaction.

Joe Bennethum, M.S., E.d.

Senior Residential Life Coordinator
Peer Advocate Program Advisor and TA
Education: MS., E.d., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Hofstra University, B.S. Fine Arts, Hofstra University
Professional Interests: Conflict mediation, Leadership development, Crisis management and training

Joe grew up in Lancaster, PA before moving to New York for college and grad school at Hofstra University. He studied Fine Arts and Art History as an undergrad and got involved in student affairs, serving as a Resident Assistant and Orientation Leader. The experience as a student leader awakened a passion for supporting students navigating life on campus, and he served as an Assistant Resident Director at Hofstra while working on his Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. After enduring too many winters, Joe sought refuge in sunny Southern California and moved out to join the ResLife team here at Caltech in the summer of 2011. Joe has enjoyed working with Avery House and off-campus residents and is looking forward to continuing to build a strong peer support program for Caltech students.

2018-2019 Peer Advocates

Name House
Isabella Camplisson Page
Dominic Catanzaro Lloyd
LC Chen Page
Steven Csaposs Fleming
Kriti Devasenapathy Ricketts
Megan Durney Blacker
David Fager Ruddock
Gokul Gowri Ricketts
Reggy Granovskiy Bechtel
Arushi Gupta Dabney
Andrea Hands Arocha Dabney
Erik Herrera Ruddock
Esther Kim Avery
Yelim Lee Avery
Regina Lee Lloyd
Morgaine Mandigo-Stoba Dabney
Liana Merk Page
Allessandra Mondello Fleming
Siqiao Mu Blacker
Izzy Muise Ricketts
James Park Avery
Sarida Pratuangtham Dabney
Anirudh Rangaswamy Lloyd
Netra Ravishankar Fleming
Alex Reeves Blacker
Ankita Roychoudhury Fleming
Miranda Schwacke Bechtel
Iman Wahle Ruddock
Dovovan Ye Avery
Rona Yu Ruddock
Vivian Yu Marks/Braun