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, and is Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Deusto Stress and Resilience Research Team at the University of Deusto. Bacigalupe is President-Elect (2012-2013) of the American Family Therapy Academy and fellow of the American Psychological Association (Society of Family Psychology; International Psychology). He co-leads the Health Equity Scholars Program (HESP) as a research faculty member of the UMass Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR), an NIMHHD P-60 5 years grant for a joint effort by the UMass Medical School and UMass Boston. He is also co-principal investigator of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Pilot Project Program: Influence and evidence: Understanding consumer choices in preventive care. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the University at Distance in Spain (UNED).
His research with colleagues in Spain, Turkey, Mexico, and the USA, focuses on the impact of emerging media adoption on families, transnational/immigrant families, family health, and e-health. 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. As part of the Basque Prevencion y Vida Saludable research team, he collaborates in a practice outcome based research project to instill a population health model in primary care. Overall, his research focuses on vulnerable populations (immigrants, the chronically ill, and those at risk of being negatively affected by health inequity). 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 Senior Associate Editor and Photography Editor of the Family Systems & Health, and member 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 is an elected Councilor (2010-2013) of the American Public Health Association International Section, and was VP for Public Interest & Diversity (2010-2012) of the Society for Family Psychology (Div. 43 APA), and in Executive Committee as Member at Large (2011-2012) of the Society for Participatory Medicine.