Dr. Cynthia Baxter
TII Team

Summary

Dr. Cynthia Baxter is a Canadian forensic psychiatrist who has been assessing and managing violent offenders, sex offenders, and severe personality disorders for the criminal justice system, law enforcement, and the health care system since 2002. She is board-certified in both Canada and the United States and enjoys collaborating with a variety of different professionals in order to assess and manage difficult cases.

She is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, and has an appointment with the Alberta Review Board for the management of individuals found not criminally responsible for crimes. Dr. Baxter is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (DABPN) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) with forensic sub-specialty certification.

Dr. Baxter’s interests and expertise focus on risk assessment, violent offenders, sex offenders, criminal behaviour, threat assessment, and general psychiatry. Her expertise in the field of forensic psychiatry is well recognized and she serves as an expert witness at both the Provincial Court and Court of Queen’s Bench levels. She has sat on multiple committees, expert panels, and provided special consultation to the field of forensic psychiatry.

With a clear passion for the field of forensics and a humour that engages her audience, Dr. Baxter is regularly invited to provide talks and speaking engagements that are informative, relatable and interesting to a variety of different groups on a variety of topics.

Dr. Baxter has received a number of awards and distinctions from various professional organizations. The most distinguished award was in 2009, whereby Dr. Baxter was the recipient of the Canadian Psychiatric Association/Council of Psychiatric Continuing Education Award for Most Outstanding Continuing Education Activity in Canada. Most notable to her down-to-earth personality is the “Best Psychiatrist to be On-Call With” Award (2011) and The Daniel A. Lupin Scholarship (1999) from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta that recognized her demonstrated level of humanity while providing quality care.

With a goal of ensuring that forensic psychiatry is more accessible in the community, Dr. Baxter opened her community office in 2013. She has selected a superb and accomplished clinical team to form the Baxter Forensic Group. Valuing prevention as an important public health goal, Dr. Baxter has also founded a “Prevention Clinic” to prevent sexual offences.

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