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Michael Speca

Assistant Professor of Psychology

University of Calgary

HQ Phone:  (403) 220-5300

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University of Calgary

Biological Sciences 570 2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, Alberta,T2N 1N4

Canada

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The University of Calgary is Canada's leading next-generation university - a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation's most enterprising city, the university has a clear strate...more

Background Information

Employment History

Psychologist

Alberta Health Services


Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary, Alberta, Marriage and Family Therapist, Meditation Instructor

Wellness Community Cancer Center


Affiliations

CancerchatCanada

NAPSCO Member


Education

Ph.D.


PsyD

University of Calgary , Canada


Web References(20 Total References)


Part Two: Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery: What's the hype? - Cancer Knowledge Network

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by Dr. Michael Speca
Dr. Speca is Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary and former Post-doctoral Fellow in Psychosocial Oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. As a Clinical Psychologist at the Centre's Department of Psychosocial Resources he 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, inaugurated in 1995 and the BEST Supportive Expressive Therapy Group for women with metastatic breast cancer that has run weekly and continuously since 1993. 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 including the 1st ever published outcome study evaluating a mindfulness based intervention in a cancer population. He has presented at international professional conferences and written several book chapters on mindfulness and stress reduction in the context of illness.


Mindfulness Links and Resources � Information about Mindfulness � from Valley Mindfulness, Northampton, MA

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The effect of a mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction program on mood and symptoms of stress in cancer outpatients by Michael Speca, et al., 2000
Mindfulness, meditation and wellness programs The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA Michael Speca, PsyD, et al, University of Calgary, Canada


www.mindfulnesscalgary.ca

Michael Speca, Psy.D., C.Psych.
send email 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.


Calgary Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Interest Group

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You can watch an exclusive interview with Dr. Kabat-Zinn taped during his visit and hear about the history of the Calgary MBSR program and descriptions of the research and future plans in live video interviews with Dr. Michael Speca and Dr. Linda Carlson: Video Interviews with Dr. Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Speca and Dr. Carlson You can watch an exclusive interview with Dr. Kabat-Zinn taped during his visit and hear about the history of the Calgary MBSR program and descriptions of the research and future plans in live video interviews with Dr. Michael Speca and Dr. Linda Carlson: Video Interviews with Dr. Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Speca and Dr. Carlson Michael SpecaMichael Speca, Psy.D., C.Psych.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.


Welcome to the Pain Management Center

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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.


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