Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Speck, Ross

  • Erica CarpenterEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_801


Ross Speck was a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and family therapist who created Network Therapy. He was part of the original generation of family therapists and conducted family therapy research on the effects of depression, schizophrenia, and drug use on families and adolescents. Speck both published and trained professionals in these areas internationally.


Ross Speck received his MD in 1951 from the University of Toronto. Following graduation, he completed his psychiatry residency at the Philadelphia General Hospital from 1954 to 1955 and went on to open a practice doing psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Philadelphia, which he ran from 1958 to 1988. From 1958 to 1964, Speck was the clinical director of the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. From 1960 to 1970, he was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, as well as served as the director of the Department of Social Psychiatry there from 1964 to 1970. Speck was a...

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  1. Speck, R. V. (1972). The new families: Youth, communes, and the politics of drugs. New York: Basic Books.Google Scholar
  2. Speck, R. V. (1984). Social networks and family therapy. In J. Schwartzman (Ed.), Families and other systems. New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  3. Speck, R. V., & Attneave, C. (1973). Family networks: Retribalization and healing. New York: Pantheon.Google Scholar
  4. Speck, R. V., & Speck, J. L. (1979). On networks: Network therapy, network intervention, and networking. International Journal of Family Therapy, 1, 333–337.Google Scholar
  5. Speck, R. V., & Speck, J. L. (1985). Social network intervention with adolescents. In M. Mirkin & S. Koman (Eds.), Handbook of adolescents and family therapy. New York: Gardner Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Texas Woman’s UniversityDentonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean Davis
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  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA