Maria Lapinski-LaFaive

Maria  Lapinski-LaFaive
  • Professor
  • Director
  • Communication
  • Health and Risk Communication Center
  • MSU AgBioResearch



Dr. Maria Lapinski is director of the Michigan State University (MSU) Health and Risk Communication Center: Healthy People-Healthy Planet, an interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public engagement network of 50 faculty. She is appointed as a Professor in the Department of Communication and Michigan Ag-Bio Research at MSU. For six years, she served as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. In that role she facilitated interdisciplinary research partnerships and supported faculty research including leading the college’s grant support office. From 2012-2016 she led, along with Dr. Julie Funk in the College of Veterinary Medicine an interdisciplinary collaborative: One Health: Emerging Communication Technology for Decision-Making and Behavior which was seed-funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.



  • Impact of messages and social-psychological factors on health and environmental risk behaviors
  • Maternal and adolescent health