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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.
research and publications have examined the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for reducing distress and improving the quality of life of patients and their families.
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.
, 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.
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.
, M., Carlson, L.E., Goodey, E. & Angen, M.J. (2000).