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Dr. Michael Speca

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Alberta Health Services
10301 Southport Lane SW
Calgary , Alberta T2W 1S7

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Employment History

  • Co-Chair
    Tom Baker Cancer Centre
  • Clinical Psychologist
    Tom Baker Cancer Centre
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
    University of Calgary
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor In the Faculty of Medicine
    University of Calgary
  • Clinical Psychologist At the Centre's Department
    Psychosocial Resources

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph.D.
17 Total References
Web References
Cancer Chat Canada, 11 July 2015 [cached]
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Michael Speca
As a Clinical Psychologist at the Centre's Department of Psychosocial Resources and member of the breast cancer program Dr. Speca counsels cancer patients and their families and facilitates a range of group support programs including the Centre's very popular Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program. His research and publications have examined the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for reducing distress and improving the quality of life of patients and their families.
Selected References
Carlson, L.E. & Speca, M. (in press Spring 2010) Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery.: A step-by-step MBSR approach to help you cope with treatment and reclaim your life. New Harbinger: Oakland, CA. Carlson, L.E., Speca, M., Patel, K.D. (2007) A one year pre-post intervention follow-up of psychological, immune, endocrine and blood pressure outcomes of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in breast and prostate cancer outpatients. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 21(8), 1038-1049. Speca, M., Carlson, L.E., Mackenzie, M.J. & Angen, M. (2004). Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) as an intervention for cancer patients. In Baer, R. (Ed.) Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches: Clinician's guide to evidence base and applications. pp. 239-261. Academic Press. Boston, MA. Goodwin, P.J., Leszcz, M., Ennis, M., Koopmans, J., Vincent, L., Guther, H., Drysdale, E., Hundleby, M., Chochinov, H.M., Navarro, M., Speca, M. et al. (2001). The effect of group psychosocial support on survival in metastatic breast cancer. New England Journal of Medicine 345(24), 1719-1726. Speca, M., Carlson, L.E., Goodey, E. & Angen, M.J. (2000).
Cancer Chat Canada, 11 July 2015 [cached]
Michael Speca, Ph.D., Co-Chair Department of Psychosocial Resources, Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Prostate Cancer Canada Network Calgary | Online Video Archive, 4 Sept 2012 [cached]
Dr. Michael Speca
Dr. Michael Speca, clinical psychologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre talks about dealing with stress and your mental state after you've dealt with prostate cancer treatment. He takes viewers on a meditative demonstration and then fields questions about how to stay focused and achieve mental comfort after cancer.
Welcome to the Pain Management Center, 1 Feb 2004 [cached]
The patients in the study learned a technique called "mindfulness meditation" -- a method that focuses on the moment, according to Michael Speca, the lead author of the study who is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Calgary.
"If you focus on the past or future, you miss out on the moment," he says.
"There haven't even been that many studies on the effects of meditation," Speca says, "and those that have been conducted measured responses before and after.But this isn't as good as measuring them against a control group.To my knowledge, ours is the first randomized controlled study.It shows us that the changes (in the meditation group) aren't due just to the passage of time."
All cancer patients in Canada are entitled to free psychological services, Speca says, "and we wanted to show that the cost of caring for cancer patients can be less when they learn meditation."
Other studies have shown that meditation also benefits patients with health problems ranging from psoriasis and anxiety disorders to chronic pain and fibromyalgia, Speca adds.
Michael Speca, Psy.D., ..., 27 Feb 2011 [cached]
Michael Speca, Psy.D., C.Psych.
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Dr. Michael Speca is a Clinical Psychologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He traces his interest in meditation to 1976 while a student of dance at the State University of New York at Brockport, where he was introduced to zazen, yoga, and other delightful ways of being by teachers and friends who had learned to "sit" at the nearby Rochester Zen Center. He feels fortunate to have been able to share mindfulness practices with so many others and is grateful to all of his teachers past, present and future.
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