June 14, 2017

Dr. Patrick Baillie

Dr. Patrick Baillie is a forensic psychologist with Alberta Health Services and a Lawyer who completed his articles with the late Honourable Gail Vickery, then-Chief Judge, Provincial Court of Alberta. Since 1995, he also has been a Consulting Psychologist with Calgary Police Services, Psychological Services Division.

Patrick completed his undergraduate and early graduate studies at McGill University (B.Sc.) and University of Toronto (M.Ed.) before moving south of the border. He completed an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University (APA-accredited) and a pre-doctoral internship at Calgary General Hospital (CPA-accredited). He completed his law degree at University of Calgary (LL.B.).

Patrick has written hundreds of pre-sentence assessments used by all levels of courts in Alberta; for six years, he was a member (and for two years Chair) of the Accreditation Panel of CPA; in 2007, he was named as a member (and, later, Chair) of the Mental Health and the Law Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC); and, he recently completed several book chapters, ranging from a first-person biography of his psychological mentor — Dr. Bruce Ogilvie, the grandfather of applied sport psychology — to a chapter on law and ethics in the practice of psychology, to another on automatism, to a psychological autopsy of the wrongful conviction and prolonged incarceration of David Milgaard. In June 2017, he became President of the Canadian Psychological Association.

In 2008, Patrick received the John G. Paterson Media Award from the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta for his contribution towards keeping the public informed about psychological knowledge via the media. In the months after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, he served as a volunteer psychologist with New York Police Department and, in 2011, he travelled to Haiti to provide psychological services after that country’s devastating earthquake. In 2013, he appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, testifying about the results of an MHCC-funded national research project that addressed the government’s proposed legislation amending the mental disorder provisions of the Criminal Code. In 2014, he received the John Service Member of the Year Award from CPA, in recognition of his various volunteer efforts to promote the field of psychology. In 2016, he appeared twice before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, testifying about the discriminatory impact of justice system delays on those with mental health problems and about the need for enhanced safeguards relating to requests for medical assistance in dying.

Away from work — which he is rarely away from — he continues to love his very patient wife, Nina, and always finds time for their nightly walks with an enthusiastic poodle named Jaydn. Dr. Baillie appears frequently before the Courts, usually as an expert and only occasionally as an accused.