He chaired the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University for 9 years. He currently occupies an endowed distinguished professor chair, the Francis Eppes Professor of Communication Science & Disorders at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He is on the faculty in the College of Medicine and in the Program in Neuroscience at Florida State University. He served as Annual Visiting Professor in the School of Health Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia for 10 years and has served as a Visiting Research Professor at the University of Hong Kong and as an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and at Mahidol University Medical School in Bangkok, Thailand. His research focus is in the area of neurological disorders of communication and cognition. He is the founding and past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology for 21 years.
Dr. LaPointe has authored or co-authored 12 books, 40 book chapters, over 100 journal articles, and presented more than 400 papers, lectures, or invited workshops in the United States, the former Soviet Union, several countries in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, The People’s Republic of China, and the South American countries of Colombia, Argentina, and Brazil. He was recently named as a Distinguished Alumnus from both Michigan State University and the University of Colorado.