Leslie Baxter, PhD, is the head of the human brain imaging laboratory at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Baxter is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology-Clinical Neuropsychology.
Dr. Baxter performs presurgical mapping using functional MRI and tractography for patients who are undergoing surgical resection of brain tumors, cavernous malformations, aneurysms, and epilepsy surgery. She also conducts research using neuroimaging and cognitive measures and assists with brain mapping of language during neurosurgery.
Dr. Baxter received her doctorate from Finch University of Health Sciences (formerly Chicago Medical School) in clinical psychology and completed her internship in neuropsychology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York. She completed her postdoctorate work in neuropsychology and neuroimaging at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Dr. Baxter’s research studies include examining brain-behavior relationships, combining neuroimaging with behavioral data, and studying normal aging and dementia. She has both national and state funding for studies of aging and autism, examining age-related changes in brain, and cognition and emotional changes in people with autism. She also has studied the effects of treatments such as mindfulness-based stress reduction on both the brain and behavior.