Counseling Staff

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Anita Chu, MD
Director, Counseling Center

Anita Chu, MD is a physician who is Board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Prior to joining the RPI Counseling Center, Dr. Chu served as medical director for several residential treatment facilities for adolescents and adults, as well as a non-profit community mental health clinic for children and adolescents. She has also worked in private practice leading a clinical staff of licensed psychologists, social workers, and certified alcohol drug counselors.

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Karen Johnson-Williams, LCSW-R
Supervisor, Behavioral Health Services

Karen Johnson-Williams, LCSW-R is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-R who has been practicing as a clinical social worker for 15 years. She received her BA from Hamilton College and Master of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 2004. Her early career was in higher education administration, and while serving as Director of HEOP at Russell Sage College, she decided to pursue an MSW to enhance her ability to serve students. Karen has served students and families in a variety of settings over the years, including outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities.

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Whitney Aussicker, LMSW
Counselor

Whitney Aussicker, LMSW is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She received her BA in Psychology from Binghamton University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany. Previous to RPI, Whitney spent time working at Samaritan Hospital’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic as a Clinician. Whitney is committed to working with students to create a strong therapeutic relationship to help empower students in and out of the Counseling Center. In her spare time she enjoys exercising and spending time with friends and family.

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Ann Dillon, LCSW-R
Counselor

Ann Dillon, LCSW-R, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and she joined RPI Counseling Center in September 2021.  She has been practicing as a clinical social worker in the Capital District for over 30 years.  Ann has worked with various populations including providing therapy to children, adolescents and parents at a county mental health outpatient clinic. She has also worked with adults in an outpatient setting providing therapy to adults with various mental health conditions, later serving as the director of the outpatient clinic.

Ann enjoys working with individuals to promote growth and self-awareness. She uses a client centered approach and is committed to assisting each individual in building on their existing strengths to live a fulfilled life.  In her free time, Ann enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, reading, and engaging in outdoor activities such as running, hiking, biking and cross country skiing.

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Sonia Uppal, LMSW
Counselor

Sonia Uppal, LMSW, is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She obtained her BSc in Psychology and MA in Social Work in England, United Kingdom. Prior to RPI, Sonia worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker at the inpatient unit for adolescents at Ellis Medicine. She has also worked with children and adults with various mental health conditions in different community settings. Sonia's primary treatment modality is cognitive behavioral therapy, while she also draws on other therapeutic approaches to meet the specific needs of the individual. She is committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental environment with all the individuals she has the privilege to serve. Sonia’s personal background also gives her a sensitive, multicultural perspective and enriches her relationship with her clients. In her personal time, Sonia enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Daniel Brenner, LCSW
Counselor

Daniel Brenner, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He holds a BA in English from Fairfield University, an MA in Guidance & Counseling from Manhattan College, an MA in School Administration from Seton Hall University, and a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University in New York City.

The first part of Dan’s career was in education as a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator all grades from Pre-K 4 through graduate levels.  His most recent position Social Worker in the Primary Care Associates division of The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.  He also worked as a psychotherapist with individuals and couples in NYC.

Among a number of volunteer experiences, Dan served on the Board for the New York City chapter of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network.  For relaxation, Dan enjoys practicing mindfulness, cooking and baking, bicycling the many trails the Capital District has to offer.

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Krystan Luke, LMHC
Counselor

Krystan Luke, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Krystan is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose with Master’s in Education with a concentration in clinical mental health counseling. Krystan received her BA in Psychology from SUNY IT. Krystan has work experiences in a child advocacy center and has worked with adults with disabilities and children with autism. Krystan strives to work collaboratively with the students at RPI, while empowering students to gain a healthier well-being. In her spare time, Krystan enjoys watching and playing basketball and spending time with friends and family.

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Jenny Sickles
Operations Associate

Jenny Sickles joined the Counseling Center as an Operations Associate in March 2019. Jenny, who earned her Associates Degree in Medical Secretarial Science at Hudson Valley Community College and brings many years of medical office managerial experience with her, looks forward to assisting the students at RPI. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, canoeing and reading.

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