Faculty spotlight Kristin Hinrichs

Kristin Hinrichs

Kristin Hinrichs, PhD, was born and raised in Bonne Terre, Missouri. She completed a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in psychology, which led to the discovery of neuropsychology, a field that fueled her curiosity of the brain and human behavior. 

Hinrichs completed a PhD in clinical psychology with a specialty in neuropsychology from Saint Louis University, completing practicum experiences at various St. Louis neuropsychology clinics along the way, including Washington University. 

She went on to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a predoctoral internship at the VA Ann Arbor Health System, where she worked with veterans managing the effects of traumatic brain injury, psychiatric conditions, and neurodegenerative conditions. A two-year postdoctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology and research in mood disorders at the University of Michigan followed. Through her time in Michigan, she gained expertise in cognitive assessment of epilepsy, dementia, brain injuries, and other neurological conditions. 

Hinrichs and her husband, Jon, were married in 2014 and returned to the St. Louis area to start a family in 2016. She worked as an inpatient rehabilitation neuropsychologist for SSM-Health until 2022 when she joined the faculty at Washington University Department of Neurology in the Section of Neuropsychology.

Hinrichs now provides outpatient neuropsychological evaluations in the WUSM neuropsychology clinic, where she specializes in assessment of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and dementia, and provides inpatient evaluations to patients completing rehabilitation therapy at TRISL. She serves as the lead neuropsychologist for the St. Louis Blues Hockey team, secondary neuropsychologist for the St. Louis City Soccer club, and co-director of the Neuropsychology service at TRISL. She enjoys mentoring and training neuropsychology graduate students and postdoctoral residents, as well as providing the occasional lecture on neuropsychology. 

Outside of work, she and Jon enjoy spending time with their two sons, Tommy (5) and Carter (3), who keep them busy with trips to the park, monster truck shows, T-ball, and neighborhood bike riding.