About Us

We believe taking care of yourself is a balance between your physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being, and having good balance in your life will facilitate your success at Caltech and your endeavors after graduation.

Location and Hours

Currently operating remotely!
(626) 395-8331 (for appointments)

Hours of Service:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Closed on Institute Holidays

Meet the Team

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Jennifer Howes, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Wellness

Education: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology; B.A. History, University of California, Los Angeles
Professional Affiliations: Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education (2018-2019 Chair); Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors; California Psychological Association; Higher Education Case Management Association
Professional Interests: Suicide prevention initiatives, ensuring that Student Wellness Services is providing quality care in an equitable way; deep dives into the "upstream" causes of the high levels of distress we are seeing in student populations; being creative, and trying new things!
Liaisonships/Committees: Caltech CARE Team; UASH (non-voting)
Hobbies/Self-Care: I enjoy traveling with my partner and two sons - they'd like to visit every US state before they turn 18. I also enjoy reading non-fiction, making stationery, and hiking.
Wellness Tip: Resist the urge to grab your phone or electronic device first thing in the morning. Set your intention for the day, and take a couple of deep breaths for good measure. Doesn't take but a minute, and I find it helps ground me and give me some focus in the morning, which sets the tone for the rest of the day.

I completed my undergraduate work at UCLA and received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Prior to arriving at Caltech in 2011, I worked with a diverse group of students at the Claremont Colleges and maintained a small private practice. While I now focus on administrative aspects of Health and Counseling Services, I enjoy supporting students through programming and outreach events related to mental health, emotional wellbeing, identity development, physical fitness, and the Caltech Cares initiative.

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Grace Ho, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Pronouns: She, her, hers
Education: Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), University of Southern California
Professional Interests: Time management, planning and organization, personal finance, career/post-graduation exploration
Hobbies/Self-Care: Playing video games, reading about the latest in technology, and spending time with friends, family, and large cat
Wellness Tip: Choose to take meaningful breaks that you whole-heartedly enjoy!

Juliana Perez

Juliana Pérez, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Pronouns: She, her, hers
Columbia University – candidate for Post-Professional Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy with emphasis in Cognition
University of Southern California - Masters of Occupational Therapy
Professional Interests: Understanding how a student's environment -social and physical- impacts areas of functional cognition such as resilience, autonomy, decision making, self-awareness, stress management, cognitive flexibility, productivity, concentration, comprehension, and goal attainment.
Hobbies/Self-Care: Watching movies and musicals, reading, cooking Cuban food, baking, traveling, dancing, and practicing mindful meditation.
Fun Facts: Studied Shakespeare abroad in Stratford-upon-Avon with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in London with the Globe through UCLA as an English major undergrad. Observed open-heart surgery, hip and knee replacement surgery in Hawaii as a therapy intern. Helped run a bed and breakfast for a summer outside of Yellowstone National Park in Montana.
Wellness Tip: Exercise, meditation, a healthy diet, and a good night's sleep helps to increase productivity, reduce brain fog, and enhance overall wellness.

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Maria Lopez

Office Manager for Student Wellness Services

I am the Office Manager for Student Health & Counseling Services and provide administrative support to the centers' professional staff. My responsibilities are to do the many tasks required by the Director and the staff to keep the office running smoothly. I have a background in the medical field doing Administrative/Secretarial work and as a Surgical Scrub Tech. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family.

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Stacy De La Torre

Office Assistant for Student Wellness Services

Mon - Fri
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
1239 Arden Rd.
Mail Code 1-8
Pasadena, California 91125
Health (626) 395-6393 | Counseling (626) 395-8331
(626) 585-1522