Gonzalo Bacigalupe

Professor of Counseling Psychology


Gonzalo Bacigalupe, a psychologist and public health researcher, is professor of counseling psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a principal investigator of the Information Communication Technologies for Disaster Management at the National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management in Chile. His research with colleagues in Chile, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the USA, has focused on the impact of emerging media adoption on families, the role of patient online communities, the use of social technologies to build community resilience during natural disasters, transnational families, and family health. 

Gonzalo has been a fulbright scholar in Barcelona and Ikerbasque senior researcher in Bilbao, Spain. He is co-editor of Psicoperspectivas and member of several editorial boards: Family Process, Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, Qualitative Research in Psychology, Journal of Family Psychotherapy, and BioMed Central Public Health. His research in Chile studies how emerging technologies strengthen disaster community resilience. Projects include a characterization of digital volunteers, the development of a crisis online platform, and the use of drones to foster participation and governance among highly vulnerable communities. His most recent evidence based white paper and book is the first in Chile to guide emergency managers on the use of social media tools.