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Information, communication and technologies for disaster management

Principal investigator

Gonzalo Bacigalupe

Gonzalo Bacigalupe, (Psychologist, Catholic University of Chile), EdD (Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MPH (Public Health, Harvard University), is professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is principal investigator of the #ICT4D at CIGIDEN, and adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Chile School of Engineering. His research has focused on the impact of emerging media adoption on families, transnational families, and family health, the role of patient online communities, and the use of social technologies to build community resilience during natural disasters. His publications and presentations address the role of emerging digital technologies and vulnerable populations including transnational families and couples, political and family violence, family health, e-health, and social technologies. He is presently studying the role of digital volunteers and the use of drones among vulnerable communities exposed to natural hazards.
Dr. Bacigalupe is recipient of the APA Carolyn Attneave Diversity Award by the American Psychological Association.


This line of research seeks to improve the effectiveness of disaster management practices in Chile by identifying, developing and determining technological and communication capabilities, with the objective of developing methodologies and standards to increase the survival capacity of critical communication systems, and Understand and increase the role of social networking and web engineering in the cycle of natural disasters.

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