Gonzalo Bacigalupe

Professor of Counseling Psychology


Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, MPH, is professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, principal investigator of the #ICT4D at the National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management (CIGIDEN) in Santiago, Chile. His research with colleagues in Chile, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the USA, studies the impact of emerging media adoption on families, the role of patient online communities, and the use of social technologies to build community resilience during natural disasters. His publications and presentations addressing the role of emerging digital technologies and vulnerable populations including transnational families and couples, political and family violence, family health and disparities, e-health, and social technologies. He is presently studying the role of digital volunteers and the use of drones among at risk communities in Chile. He was recipient of the 2016 APA Carolyn Attneave Diversity Award by the American Psychological Association. Gonzalo is and APA fellow (Society of Family Psychology and International Psychology Divisions) and was President of the American Family Therapy Academy (2014-2016). Dr. Bacigalupe was co-principal investigator of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute research project: Influence and evidence: Understanding consumer choices in preventive care; research faculty in the Health Equity Scholars Program at the UMass Center for Health Equity Intervention Research. In conjunction with the Basque Institute for Healthcare Innovation and the Population Health Management Research Team, he evaluated the role of healthcare virtual communities of practice and the role of social networks in supporting patients with chronic illness. As part of the Basque Prescribe Healthy Life research team with whom he collaborated in a practice outcome based implementation research project. He was Ikerbasque Research Professor at the University of Deusto and Senior Fulbright Research Fellow at the Autonomic University of Barcelona. He is strategic advisor of RegroupTherapy, a web-based platform for therapists and clients to connect online.