Dr Baines has a background in medical sociology and psychology and specialises in global health, well-being and the psychosocial aspects of civilian and military trauma and pain management.
As an early stage researcher, Dr Baines was embedded with the solid organ transplant team at the Western infirmary, Glasgow, where she established one of the first ward based counselling services for organ transplant patients. Dr Baines continues her research into psychosocial aspects of solid organ transplant, digital healthcare and patient engagement at Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, where she holds an honorary research fellowship and is co-primary investigator on a project looking at decision making and risk taking amongst live paired kidney transplant patients.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom, Dr Baines relocated to the United States, where she worked for The Henry M. Jackson Foundation, based with the Combat Wounds Team at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. Her role included working with wounded veterans and their families returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr Baines continues her research collaboration pertaining to global health and social care in terms of veteran well-being, human security and developing global training education pathways for personnel preparing to deploy across national borders to low resource, post-conflict and humanitarian situations, with colleagues at the National Defense University and Uniformed Services University.
She has recently worked with the global health team at Uniformed Services University to develop and deliver a global mental health programme which is currently being rolled out to serving allied military personnel.
As Course Leader at the Veterans & Families Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Dr Baines is charged with broadening the scope of the veteran curriculum to incorporate the concept of a global veteran (e.g. peace keepers, resistance fighters, refugees, victims of torture, NGOs) and the development of postgraduate programmes which place veteran care and well-being at the centre of the global health agenda.