Faculty & Staff
Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD
Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development Director of Family Therapy Program
EdD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
MPH, Harvard University
Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD (University of Massachusetts Amherst), MPH (Harvard University), is a professor in the Master of Science in Family Therapy Program and the PhD in Counseling Psychology, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is an Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Psychology & Education College, University of Deusto, and Adjunct Professor with the Master Psychotherapeutic Intervention, National University at Distance in Spain. Professor Bacigalupe was president-elect (2012-2013) of the American Family Therapy Academy.
Bacigalupe's research with colleagues in Spain, Mexico, and USA, focuses on the impact of emerging media on families, 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 collaboration with the Basque Institute for Healthcare Innovation (o+Berri) and Innobasque, he is assessing the role of health care virtual communities of practice and the role of social networks in supporting patients with chronic illness. Bacigalupe is a senior research member of the Deusto Stress and Resilience Research Team leading qualitative research and mixed methods research in a longitudinal study of adolescent depression precursors. As research member of the 2012-2017 NIH funded Center for Health Equity Research, Bacigalupe will lead a Health Disparities course for the Undergraduate Minority Health Fellows initiative. Overall, his research focuses on vulnerable populations (immigrants, the chronically ill, and those at risk of being negatively impacted 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.
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. Dr. Bacigalupe is Associate Editor and Photography Editor of the Family Systems & Health. He is also member of the editorial board of Family Process, Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 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. Bacigalupe is elected Councilor of the American Public Health Association International Section, Vice-President for Public Interest & Diversity of the Society for Family Psychology (Division 43 of the American Psychological Association), and Member at Large in the Executive Committee of the Society for Participatory Medicine.
Bacigalupe is co-founder and co-chair of the Boston Institute for Culturally Accountable Practices (BICAP) which the Family Therapy Networker awarded the group their Innovations in Training Awards to honor 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. Bacigalupe is also member of several international and national professional societies including the European Family Therapy Association, the Association of Internet Researchers, the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Celiac Spanish Society, among others. The Massachusetts Association of Marital and Family Therapy honored Bacigalupe in 2007 with an Award in Recognition of Exceptional Contribution to the Profession of Family Therapy. He 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.