Marie-Frédérique Bacqué is a psychologist (Ph.D., Paris 5-University), full professor of psychopathology at the University of Strasbourg (Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches) and French psychoanalyst. She is also trained in Social Anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) with Françoise Héritier, Marc Augé and Jean Bazin.
Marie-Frédérique Bacqué works mainly on the different dimensions of Death and Mourning in contemporary societies. She questions the abandonment of old religious rites and the paradox of the demand for new funeral rites. She co-animates groups of mourners, particularly with the association Nos tout petits d’Alsace. For thirty years, she has been receiving, in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, people who have experienced traumatic or complicated grief. At the University of Strasbourg, she is developing research on the effects and value of psychotherapies inspired by psychoanalysis. Her work currently focuses on the psychological effects of bipolarity. She leads groups of bipolar people and their families at UNAFAM.
She has been director of the university research unit Subjectivity, social link and modernity (UR3071-SuLiSoM) since 2010.
She has been president of the Society of Thanatology-CIEM (International Center for Death Studies) since 2010 and is editor-in-chief of the journals Études sur la Mort and Psycho-oncologie.
The works of Marie-Frédérique Bacqué are available on the website of sulisom.unistra.fr