Dr. LaPlante completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and a separate Bachelor of Science in psychology. He was a member of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. He went to medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine.
After completing medical school he moved to Miami, Florida where he completed his residency in general psychiatry in addition to completing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. His primary interests are schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder.