Kathy LaPlante

Kathy LaPlante

Instructor, MSW


Health Science Center - Sioux Falls 362

Phone: (605) 357-1595

Email: Kathy.LaPlante@usd.edu


  • Master of Social Welfare, Social Work, University of California Berkeley, 2002
  • Social Work, Northeastern State University, 1991


  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe Attorney General's Children Exposed to Violence Demonstration Program: Phase I, Dept. of Justice


  • Community based participatory research: Assessing general well-being of American Indian Older Adults in South Dakota, University of South Dakota. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2013 - 2014)
  • Mental health literacy among rural older adults, University of South Dakota. (2012 - 2013)
  • South Dakota Child Welfare Training Project, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. (2010 - 2013)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • LaPlante, Kathryn D.. The Indian Child Welfare Act and foster youth cultural identity -. American Psychological Association - Children, Youth and Family Newsletter, 2017.
  • Norris, Debra, and LaPlante, Kathy. NCWWI tribal traineeship programs: Legacies & lessons learned.. Albany, NY: National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, 2013.
  • Lawler, Michael J., LaPlante, Kathy, Giger, Jarod T., and Norris, Debra. Overrepresentation of Native American children in foster care: An independent construct?. Edited by Yo Mo Lee, PhD, 95-110. Vol. 21, Iss. 2. London, UK: Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 2012. (DOI: 10.1080/15313204.2012.647344)


  • Norris, Debra, LaPlante, Kathy. Resilience & Circle of Courage: A Tool for Cultural Responsiveness. Presented at the Rural Social Work conference, Indiana. (July 2012)
  • Norris, Debra, LaPlante, Kathy. Betwixt & Between Child Welfare in Rural SD. Presented at the 36th Annual Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, Northwestern State University of Louisiana. (July 2011)