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Ross V. Speck, MD, is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and family therapist. He has a strong interest in sociology and anthropology and has done research in family therapy of schizophrenia, drugs, depression, and adolescents. He was one of the "first generation" of family therapists and a founder of the Family Institute of Philadelphia. In addition, he is the originator of NetWork Therapy. A native of Canada, Dr. Speck received his medical degree in 1951 from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has taught at Thomas Jefferson University and Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia and at The Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio. He is on the faculty of the International R.D. Laing Institute  in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and was a friend of Laing's.
Among his books are Family Networks (1972; with Carolyn Attneave) and The New Families (1972). He served on the editorial board of the journals Family Process, Journal of Psychotherapy and the Family and Journal of Family Psychotherapy.
- Speck, R.V. & Attneave, C. (1972). Family Networks New York: Pantheon.
- Speck, R.V. (1972). The New Families: youth, communes, and the politics of drugs. New York: Basic Books.
- Speck, R.V. (2003). Social Network Intervention. In Sholevar, G.P. & Schwoeri, L.D. (Eds.) Textbook of Family and Couples Therapy: Clinical Applications. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing Inc.
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