Program Coordinators and Current Peer Advocates
Ashwini Lal, Psy.D.
Staff Clinical Psychologist
Peer Advocate Program Coordinator 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.
Steven Metzmaker, M.S., E.d.
Residential Life Coordinator
Peer Advocate Program Coordinator and TA
Professional Interests: Athletics, First-Year Experience, Global Higher Education, Residential, Student Government, Student Abroad, & Wellness
Steven Metzmaker hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, you may recognize on occasion that his O’s are extended just a bit. Steven began at Caltech in July of 2018 and Steven am the Undergraduate Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) for the North Houses (Lloyd, Page, & Ruddock). Steven graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2014 with a BA in Sociology, worked at Columbia University in the City of New York and the John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy in Housing and Residential Life. In the summer of 2017 Steven did an internship in Qatar at Texas A&M University at Qatar. In 2018 Steven graduated with a Master’s of Science in Educational Administration (SAAHE) from Texas A&M University. When he is not on campus, he will most likely be on a run or trying a new restaurant. Steven looks forward to continuing to serve the Caltech community! My office is located in Lloyd 105 right off the Olive Walk.
2019-2020 Peer Advocates
|Sophia Hewitt (Marguerite)||Dabney|
|Lorenzo Van Munoz||Lloyd|
|Chan Gi Kim (Chan)||Page|
|Jae Yoon Kim||Page|
|Vanessa Woo (Vanna)||Bechtel|
2018-2019 Peer Advocates
|Andrea Hands Arocha||Dabney|