Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Bacigalupe, Gonzalo

  • Peter FraenkelEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1132-1


Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Ed.D., M.P.H.


Gonzalo Bacigalupe is a Chilean-American family psychologist who has made major contributions in the areas of theory, research, and practice, with a focus on utilization of emerging technologies in promoting health, mental health, and resilience for individuals, families, and communities struggling with chronic illness and in disaster response. He is also an innovative leader in the area of online/distance learning, qualitative research, and intimate and political violence.


Bacigalupe received a B.S. in Psychology from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in 1984, an M.Sc. (Equivalent) in Clinical Psychology from Catholic University of Chile in 1986, an Ed.D. in Consulting and Counseling Psychology and Family Therapy from the School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1995, and an MPH in Family and Community Health, Department of Society, Human Development, & Health, Harvard University School of Public Health in 2007. He became a registered psychologist in Chile in 1986, was licensed in Massachusetts as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in 1993, and received designation as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor in 1996. He is a member of several professional organizations both in Chile and the USA, including the Red Chilena de Psicología Política and Scientific Psychologist Society of Chile; the Society for Participatory Medicine (Founding Member); the American Psychological Association (Fellow since 2012); AAMFT where he has been a Fellow since 1993; and the American Family Therapy Academy since 1996, serving as a member and chair of several committees and on the Board of Directors, and where he was the first (and only, to date) international and Latino professional to serve as President (2013–2015). Bacigalupe has received numerous awards, research grants (27 in all), and fellowships, including a Career Development Award from the Department of Health & Human Services and Inter-University Programs of Latino Research, 1999–2000; a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award in 2004; an NIH P-60 award (2012–2016); and the 2016 Carolyn Attneave Diversity Award from the APA’s Society for Couple and Family Psychology.

Bacigalupe began his academic career at Nova Southeastern University in 1994 and has been a faculty member since 1996 (Full Professor, 2012) in the Department of Counseling & School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts Boston, where he served as Director of the Family Therapy Program (2005–2010, 2011–2017), as Department Chair (2007–2009), and is Principal Investigator, Communication and Emergent Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction, Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (CIGIDEN), in Santiago, Chile. He has been a Visiting Professor in Chile (Doctoral Program, School of Psychology, Catholic University of Valparaiso, 2015–2016; School of Engineering, Catholic University of Santiago, Chile, 2016–2018) and in Spain (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain, 2006–present, and Department of Psychology, University of Deusto, Bilbao, 2010–2014) and has been a Research Collaborator and Program Evaluator on numerous projects in both countries, as well as in the USA, focusing mostly on community mental health. He also serves on several editorial boards for leading journals. Bacigalupe is also in private practice in Boston and Santiago.

Contributions to Profession

Bacigalupe has authored or co-authored one book, 62 peer-reviewed articles, 21 book chapters, 4 white papers, 13 research monographs, 33 newsletter articles, and 21 editorials for Spanish- and English-language publications, as well as 16 audiovisual products (videos and photography) and has presented world-wide. He has made wide-ranging contributions to the fields of family therapy and public health. He is one of the world’s leading experts in the application of emerging technologies to intervention in community health, emergencies and disaster relief, as well as technological advances in education. Bacigalupe has focused greatly on issues of health disparities for Latino individuals and families, as well as other oppressed and marginalized communities. He has documented and advocated for the impact of online communities for chronic illness patients. One special focus has been on the usefulness of emerging technologies in health interventions for adolescents. His stance is that technologies can be vehicles of empowerment for persons and communities to be full participants in their healthcare, and to be active in promoting their resilience and wellbeing. Through his participation and leadership in international research and medical treatment communities outside of family therapy, he has brought a systemic and social justice perspective to collaborative healthcare practice and public policy. He has also influenced emerging practices in the use of technology to aid transnational families in maintaining connection. Through his numerous leadership positions in academia and professional organizations, Bacigalupe has guided the field towards integrating concerns about social justice in research and interventions. He has mentored many colleagues and organizations as they enter the digital, online world of research, treatment, and online/distance learning. He has also made major contributions to qualitative research methodologies, especially in the use of analysis software. In addition to these seminal contributions, Bacigalupe has contributed to the field of intimate and political violence, especially in the Chilean context; the study of masculinity; and critical appraisal of social constructionist family therapy theory and practice. Importantly, he has argued that many so-called natural disasters occur due to sociopolitical conditions that put oppressed communities at greater risk.

Bacigalupe has also pioneered the use of film and the arts in family therapy. A talented abstract painter in his own right, he draws upon visual representations of families’ struggles and solutions in his therapeutic work.


Key Citations

  1. Bacigalupe, G. (2011). Is there a role for social technologies in collaborative healthcare? Families, Systems & Health, 29(1), 1–14.  https://doi.org/10.1037/a0022093.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Bacigalupe, G., & Askari, S. (2013). E-health innovations, collaboration, and healthcare disparities: Developing criteria for culturally competent evaluation. Families, Systems & Health, 31(3), 248–263.  https://doi.org/10.1037/a0033386.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Bacigalupe, G., & Lambe, S. (2011). Virtualizing intimacy: Information communication technologies and transnational families in therapy. Family Process, 50(1), 12–26.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1545-5300.2010.01343.x.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Bacigalupe, G., & Plocha, A. (2015). Celiac is a social disease: Family challenges and strategies. Families, Systems & Health, 33(1), 46–54.  https://doi.org/10.1037/fsh0000099.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Bacigalupe, G., Velasco, J., Rosenberg, A., & Berríos, P. (2017). Medios sociales en la emergencia: Evidencia y recomendaciones para la gestión de desastres [Social media for emergency: Evidence and recommendations for disaster management] Spanish Edition. Santiago: CIGIDEN. ASIN: B01NAPL2AC.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The City College of New YorkNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kristina S. Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Couple and Family Therapy DepartmentAdler UniversityChicagoUSA