Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, MPH, is Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and leads the Citizen Education and Governance Team at the Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (CIGIDEN). His research asks the question of how citizen participation is enabled by and build community resilience for disaster reduction through technology innovation and education, the impact of emerging media adoption on families, and the role of patient online communities. Dr. Bacigalupe has published and presented on research addressing the role of emerging digital technologies and vulnerable populations including transnational families and couplespolitical and family violence, family health and disparities (celiac diseasechronic pain, and medication strategies and literacy), e-healthsocial technologies and disaster risk reduction. He is presently studying the role of platform volunteers and directs DronLab, a community cartography participatory action research initiative that employ drones to strengthen disaster risk reduction among vulnerable communities in Chile.


An abstract plastic artist, with an artist certification issued by the City of Boston, his work has been showcased at the 2018 exhibition: Liminal Territory and the Cartographies of Bodies and Territories January of 2019 at the PUC Innovation Center, the UC Campus San Joaquín Library, and the Casa Central Hall. He is a winner of the 2018 and 2019 Artifica Awards. His book catalog Cartographies of Bodies and Territories was published in 2019. He is preparing an exhibition and a new book named Uncertain Cartographies, Spring of 2020. His paintings have been included in a book cover and the American Psychologist.

Gonzalo is a Family Process Institute (2018-2021) board director and was president of the American Family Therapy Academy (2014-2016). He was recipient of the American Psychological Association Carolyn Attneave Diversity Award; and the Massachusetts Association of Marital and Family Therapy Award in Recognition of Exceptional Contribution to the Profession of Family Therapy; APA fellow of the Society of Family Psychology, International Psychology, and Quantitative and Qualitative Methods divisions, and editorial board member of Family Process, Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Family Psychotherapy, Qualitative Research in Psychologyand Revista Psykhe.

Professor Bacigalupe was co-principal investigator of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Pilot research project Influence and evidence: Understanding consumer choices in preventive care and faculty in the Health Equity Scholars Program of the UMass Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR), an NIMHHD P-60 5 years grant for a joint effort of the UMASS Medical School and UMass Boston. 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 collaborated with the Deusto Stress and Resilience Research Team and the Basque Prescribe Healthy Life (PVS) research team and its primary health practice outcome based implementation research.  A passionate advocate of patient participation, his work was featured in the 2014 Stanford MedX Conference.

Gonzalo 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.  Dr. Bacigalupe is a strategic advisor of RegroupTherapy, a web-based platform that provides a simple and secure space for therapists and clients to connect online.

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 holds a degree in clinical psychology from the Catholic University of Chile, a doctoral degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Master in Public Health from Harvard University.

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. 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.