Irina Baikova was born in Vitebsk. She first attended Vitebsk State Medical Institute (1980) for one year and transferred to continue her education at Minsk State Medical University, which she graduated from in 1986 with distinction. From 1986 to 1994 she worked as a physiatrist at the Republican Hospital for Mental Health. From 1991 to 1995 she underwent postgraduate training program at the Department of Psychiatry of Minsk State Medical Institute.
From 1994 to 1998 she worked as an assistant at the Department of Psychiatry of Belarusian Institute of Advanced Medical Training, since 1998 she has been working as an associate professor of the department. In 2004 she was promoted to the head of the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology of Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education.
Her main scientific works deal with anxiety and depressive disorders, psychosomatic ailments and disorders. She is an author and co-author of more than 105 scientific publications, including more than 20 teaching aids.
In 1996 Irina Baikova defended her Candidate’s thesis «Psychopathology at herpes encephalitis (clinicopathologic investigation) ». In 1999 she was awarded an academic title of an associate professor.
In 1999 she completed a 5-year training course at the European School of Psychiatry. She did special courses in Ericksonian hypnosis, gestalt therapy, existential therapy. She has the highest qualification category in psychiatry (1999) and psychotherapy (2006).
Irina Baikova is a head of the Republican Center for Clinical Psychotherapy. She has been a member of the Expert Board of Mental Health of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus since 2004. She is a Chief psychotherapist of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus. Irina Baikova is a member of the European Association for Psychotherapy, a member of Belarusian Psychiatry Association, a member of the Editorial Board of the journal «Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology».
Irina Baikova got an award for excellence in healthcare of the Republic of Belarus in 2009.