Katie Wicke LaPlante

Assistant Director of Counseling and Family Programs for Elon Academy
Mooney 302B
2108 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
kwicke@elon.edu (336) 278-6109

Brief Biography

Katie Wicke LaPlante is a graduate of Elon University, with a degree in Psychology. She earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland. Additionally, she is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of North Carolina at the Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) level. Katie came to the Elon Academy with a background in individual and family counseling with both youth and adults.


2005  M.S. in Clinical Psychology- Loyola College in Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland

2003  B.A. in Psychology- Elon University, Elon, North Carolina                                                                     

Employment History

ELON ACADEMY/ELON UNIVERSITY                  5/2010-Present

Assistant Director of Counseling and Family Programs

NORTH CAROLINA MENTOR                             12/2008- 4/2010

Qualified Professional

LUTHERAN SERVICES FLORIDA                        8/2006- 1/2008

Counselor II              

DAYMARK RECOVERY SERVICES                     7/2005-6/2006

Child and Youth Human Services Clinician


Co-Investigator                                 July 2012-Present

The Educational Engagement Experiences of Families of Underserved High School Students in a College Access Program

Participated in designing, collecting and analyzing data for a qualitative research study on the educational engagement and college access program experiences of family members of underserved high school students in a college access and success program.



Levesque, M., Vichesky, D., Simmons, M., Wicke (LaPlante), K., and Lipe, A. (2007). Physical Attractiveness and Sex in Judgements About Perceived Sexually Promiscuous Others’. Psychological Reports, 100 (3c), 1107-1112.


Means, D., LaPlante, K., & Miller Dyce, C. (2013, November). College access as a family affair: The educational engagement experiences of families of underserved high school students in a college access program. Paper to be presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Council on Ethnic Participation Pre-Conference, St. Louis, MO.

LaPlante, K., Means, D., & Miller-Dyce, C. (2012, November). A phenomenological case study approach to understanding the experiences of families of underserved high school students in a college access program. Roundtable at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Las Vegas, NV.

LaPlante, K., (2011, November 5) Families at the Intersections: Engaging Diverse Populations in a College Access and Success Program . National Association of Multicultural Educators (NAME).


LaPlante, K., (2010, December 11) Preparing for the Next Step: Early College Planning. Keynote speaker for the Youth Empowerment Academy program at Ebenezer United Church of Christ.

Johnson, K., LaPlante, K., Long, D., Means, D. (2010, September). The Elon Academy: A four-phase college access and success program. Invited feature presentation presented at the North Carolina Independent College Access Network Conference, Elon, North Carolina.

Professional Activities

Licensed Psychological Associate #2619 North Carolina Psychology Board

Service Activities

United Way Community Council, Member 2010-Present

Alamance Citizens for Education (ACE) Family Resource Institute, Committee Member 2012-Present