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 Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is principal investigator of the Mediated Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction at the Research Center for Disaster Risk Management in Chile (CIGIDEN). His research focuses on the use of emerging media to build community resilience for disaster risk reduction, the impact of emerging media adoption on families, the role of patient online communities, and family health. Bacigalupe has published and presented on research addressing the role of emerging digital technologies and vulnerable populations including transnational families and couples, political and family violence, family health and disparities (celiac disease, chronic pain, and medication strategies and literacy), e-health, and social technologies. He is presently studying the role of digital volunteers and directs the DronLab, a community cartography participatory action research initiative that employ drones to strengthen disaster risk reduction among vulnerable communities in Chile.
Gonzalo is member of the board of directors of the Family Process Institute (2018-2021) and was president of the American Family Therapy Academy (2014-2016). In 2016, Gonzalo received the American Psychological Association Carolyn Attneave Diversity Award. He is APA fellow of the Society of Family Psychology, International Psychology, and Quantitative and Qualitative Methods divisions. He is editorial board member of Family Process, Qualitative Research in Psychology, Journal of Family Psychotherapy, and Revista Psykhe.
Dr. Bacigalupe was Ikerbasque Research Professor at the University of Deusto and Senior Fulbright Research Fellow at the Autonomic University of Barcelona. He has received funding by National Institute of Aging, Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, American Psychological Foundation, Bizkaia Lab, the Spanish Minister of Education, the Basque Government, o+Berri, among others. The Massachusetts Association of Marital and Family Therapy honored him in 2007 with an Award in Recognition of Exceptional Contribution to the Profession of Family Therapy. In the past years he has served as Councilor (2010-2013) of the American Public Health Association International Section, and VP for Public Interest & Diversity (2010-2012) of the Society for Family Psychology (Div. 43 APA), Executive Committee Member at Large (2011-2012) of the Society for Participatory Medicine, and Associate Editor of Family Systems & Health. Besides his academic work, Bacigalupe has an artist certification issued by the City of Boston, part of his work has been showcased at a recent exhibition: Liminal Territory. He won an Artifica Award for his proposal Cartographies of Bodies and Territories, an exhibition planned for 2019.

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, Collaborative-Dialogic Therapy

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish