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About Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, MPH

Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD (University of Massachusetts Amherst), MPH (Harvard University), is Professor of the Master of Science in Family Therapy Program and the PhD in Counseling Psychology, College of Education & Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Bacigalupe is Past President of the American Family Therapy Academy and fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is senior visiting researcher at the National Research Center for Integrated Management of Natural Disasters in Chile.
His research with colleagues in Chile, Spain, Mexico, and USA, focuses on the impact of emerging media and citizen participation during natural disasters, transnational/immigrant families, family health, and e-health. His most recent efforts include developing a transnational collaboration to investigate the adoption of emerging technology by families. In conjunction with the Basque Institute for Healthcare Innovation (o+Berri) and Innobasque, he is assessing the role of healthcare virtual communities of practice and the role of social networks in supporting patients with chronic illness. He is senior researcher in the Deusto Stress and Resilience Research Team leading qualitative research and mixed methods research in a longitudinal study of Basque adolescents. Overall, his research focuses on vulnerable populations (immigrants, the chronically ill, and those at risk of being negatively affected by health inequity). Gonzalo was Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Deusto Stress and Resilience Research Team at the University of Deusto in the 2010-2014. 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 member of several editorial boards that include Family Process, The Counseling Psychologist, Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, Qualitative Research in Psychology, AFTA Monograph Series, and BioMed Central Public Health. He serves as reviewer for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the Spanish Minister of Education and Science, the Catalunya Government Research Agency, and others. Dr. Bacigalupe is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Boston Institute for Culturally Accountable Practices (BICAP) which the Family Therapy Networker awarded the Innovative Training Award for excellence and outstanding achievement in providing quality clinical training. BICAP has consulted, among others, with the Boston Red Sox and Harvard Medical School on cultural competence and institutional equity. He is member of several international and national professional societies including the American Evaluation Association, Association of Internet Researchers, European Family Therapy Association, European Communication Research Association, Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Celiac Spanish Society, among others. Gonzalo is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist in Massachusetts, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, a National Registered Health Provider, and a Massachusetts Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Certified Assessor. He also holds a degree as a clinical psychologist from the Catholic University of Chile.
Professor Bacigalupe was Senior Fulbright Research Fellow at the Autonomic University of Barcelona. He has received funding by National Institute of Aging, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the 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. He was an elected Councilor (2010-2012) of the American Public Health Association International Section, VP for Public Interest & Diversity (2010-2012) of the Society for Family Psychology (Div. 43 APA), and Member at Large (2011-2012) of the Society for Participatory Medicine Executive Committee.


Present Director, Family Therapy Program
Present Professor, Department of Counseling and School Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston

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