Richard Stevick

Richard A. Stevick, professor emeritus of psychology at Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, Pa., has his doctorate from Texas Tech University. In addition to psychology, he has taught classes on Amish life over the past 25 years. The adolescent experience has been his major focus of research and writing. Besides covering all aspects of Amish youth, his most recent book, Growing Up Amish: The Rumspringa  Years (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), examines the implications of the “electronic Rumspringa,” that period when large numbers of teens venture into Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and other popular electronic venues via their smartphones. Stevick has also published or presented papers nationally and internationally on Amish spirituality and on the influence of peers versus parents in acceptable or deviant youthful behavior. Since retiring, he has worked at Philhaven Hospital, a mental health facility that treats clients from the plain community in culturally sensitive ways. He has also been a consultant for an ongoing National Institute of Mental Health study on Amish children and youth with autistic tendencies or behaviors.

Contact information:

Home address:
Box 209
Walnut Hills, OH 44687

About the site

Amish Studies is an academic website developed by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College to provide reliable information on Amish life and culture.

Designed to assist scholars, students and the general public, the site was developed with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of a collaborative research grant on Amish diversity and identity in the 20th century. The research team included principal investigator Donald B. Kraybill of Elizabethtown College (Pa.) and two co-investigators, Steven M. Nolt of Goshen College (Ind.) and Karen M. Johnson-Weiner of SUNY Potsdam (New York).

The Amish population statistics are updated annually in the summer. Other information will be revised and added on a periodic basis.

Recent books

The Amish book cover Authors: Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013; paperback available in January 2018)

The Amish: A Concise Introduction book cover

Author: Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016)