Dr. LaPine has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University since 1984. He is the founder and Director of the Vocal Tract Performance Laboratory.
He is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute of International Health, Core faculty in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and a member of the Vocal Health Team in the College of Music. His career in speech language pathology has provided him with a diverse and rewarding history involving teaching, research, administration, and clinical service. He has been the President of the Mid-Michigan Maxillofacial and Oral Cleft Consultation Clinic, consultant to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for neurogenic communicative disorders, consultant for videolaryngostroboscopy, digital imagery, and head and neck cancer voice restoration for Head and Neck Surgery Associates, and Mid-Michigan Ear, Nose and Throat in East Lansing, MI.
His publication history includes articles in Folia Phoniatricia, Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology, Journal of Communication Disorders, Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Music Educators Association, and other national and international journals. Dr. LaPine is a co-author with collaborators at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center on an upcoming article in Archives of Otolaryngology- Head Neck Surgery, entitled Outcomes of Elective Total Laryngectomy for Laryngopharyngeal Dysfunction in Head and Neck Cancer (in press).
He has developed and directed nearly 50 clinical training projects in the state of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mexico, unique in design as speech-language pathology is the key component of each project. His teaching and research history at Michigan State University are in the areas of adult communicative disorders including voice disorders. His course "Medical Aspects of Speech-Language Pathology" is recognized for providing over 95% of the department.