Gonzalo Bacigalupe , EdD, LMFT, MPH

Author, Editor, Researcher in a university, Therapist in private practice, University professor in a research-focused program

University of Massachusetts Boston

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Gonzalo Bacigalupe

Professor of the Family Therapy Program and the PhD in Counseling Psychology, College of Education & Human Development, University of Massachusetts Boston. He is Principal Investigator at the National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management (CIGIDEN), Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Engineering School, Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, and Senior Faculty Collaborator in the doctoral program of the Catholic University of Chile in Valparaiso. His research with colleagues in Chile, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the USA, focuses on the impact of emerging media adoption on families, the role of patient online communities, the use of social technologies to build community resilience post natural disasters, transnational families, and family health including shared decision making. A passionate advocate of patient participation, his work was featured in the 2014 Stanford MedX Conference. In conjunction with the Basque Institute for Healthcare Innovation (o+Berri) and the Population Health Management Research Team at Kronikgune, he evaluated the role of healthcare virtual communities of practice and the role of social networks in supporting patients with chronic illness. He was senior researcher in the Deusto Stress and Resilience Research Team. As part of the Basque Prescribe Healthy Life (PVS) research team, he collaborated in a practice outcome based implementation research project to instill a population health model in primary care. Overall, his research focuses on the role of social technologies and vulnerable populations (immigrants, the chronically ill, and those at risk of being negatively affected by health inequity). His research has included transnational families and couples, political and family violence, refugees and immigrants’ health and family health and disparities (celiac disease, chronic pain, and medication strategies and literacy), e-health, and social technologies.Dr. Bacigalupe is fellow of the American Psychological Association (Society of Family Psychology; and International Psychology Divisions) and is Past President of the American Family Therapy Academy. He is member of several editorial boards including Family Process, The Counseling Psychologist, Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, Qualitative Research in Psychology, AFTA Monograph Series, and BioMed Central Public Health.

AFTA Membership Information

Member since 1995

Professional Roles

Author, Editor, Researcher in a university, Therapist in private practice, University professor in a research-focused program

Therapeutic Approach / Theoretical Model

Family Systems, Medicine/Biopsychosocial Models, Integrative Models, Narrative Therapies, Postmodern Practices: Constructionist / Constructive Models, Solution-Focused Therapy, Social Justice Therapies

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish



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