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Dr. Gabriel Gatica Bahamonde

Dr. Gabriel Gatica Bahamonde is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Hospital de Villarrica, an Associate Professor at the Department of Mental Health, Universidad de La Frontera. He is also mental health advisor at the Araucanía Sur Health Service in Chile. He obtained his MD degree at the University of Santiago de Chile and his postgraduate specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Chile. He is currently attending the Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of La Frontera. His clinical research interests include aspects of mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as the study of psychometric tools. 

He is part of a newly created team in early diagnosis and intervention for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders while he also leads the implementation of a public program for the early detection of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in primary health care in the Araucanía region. He is a Principal Investigator of the project that seeks to adapt and validate Q-CHAT in the Chilean population. He also is working in a project at the University of La Frontera that seeks to determine the impact of an early intervention for children with ASD.