Kate Melissa Wegmann

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Kate Wegmann received her PhD in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her studies included a pre-doctoral fellowship at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany as part of the Transatlantic Consortium on Global Education and Development, funded by the European Union and the United States Department of Education. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work (Macro and Community Practice) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Dr. Wegmann conducts school-based social work research focused on social and environmental barriers to academic achievement and children’s general well-being. She is particularly interested in the role that stereotyping plays in the “achievement gaps” between different groups of students and how this knowledge can be leveraged for both prevention and intervention. Dr. Wegmann is currently working on a qualitative project exploring elementary school children’s perceptions of stereotyping in the school setting and their relationships to learning and achievement. She is also conducting quantitative analysis of a school-based intervention to reduce the effects of stereotype threat in a diverse middle school and evaluating the effects of school-based mental health services on academic achievement and behavior in six high-needs urban elementary schools.


BS, Education, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1999

MSW, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2010

PhD, Social Work, University of North Carlina - Chapel Hill, 2014

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Research Output 2011 2019

African Americans
agent of socialization

Measuring Adolescent Coping Styles Following a Natural Disaster: An ESEM Analysis of the Kidcope

Leytham Powell, T., Wegmann, K. M. & Overstreet, S., Jun 1 2019, In : School Mental Health. 11, 2, p. 335-344 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

coping behavior
Psychological Adaptation
Cyclonic Storms
natural disaster
Social Work
Social Support

"His skin doesn't match what he wants to do": Children's perceptions of stereotype threat

Wegmann, K. M., Jan 1 2017, In : American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 87, 6, p. 615-625 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental Health

Measuring Social Support and School Belonging in Black/African American and White Children

Wegmann, K. M., Sep 1 2017, In : Research on Social Work Practice. 27, 5, p. 582-593 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Support
African Americans
social support
school success