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School of Family Studies and Human Services

Rick J. Scheidt


Contact Information

315 Justin Hall


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Lifespan Developmental Psychology, University of Southern California
  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • M.S. in Psychology, California State University, Fresno
  • B.S. in Psychology, California State University, Fresno

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Geropsychology
  • Environmental Gerontology

Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors

  • The Ecology of Aging
  • Rural Aging
  • Deculturation
  • Place-making
  • Aging in Rural Settings
  • Associate Editor, The Gerontologist - regular reviewer of documentary films on aging

Courses Taught

  • FSHS 510 Human Development and Aging (Undergraduate)
  • FSHS 708 Aging in the Cinema (Graduate/Undergraduate)
  • FSHS 845 Adult Development and Aging (Graduate)
  • FSHS 888 Research Methods (Graduate)
  • FSHS 930 Seminar in Lifespan Human Development: Theory, Method, Application (Graduate)

Professional Biography

Rick Scheidt a psychologist through and through. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from the California State University at Fresno. He earned his Ph.D. (with honors) in Social Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He trained in human aging at the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California. Most of Scheidt's research and writing has focused on environmental gerontology, specifically on person-environment factors affecting older residents of small rural communities. This includes interdisciplinary study of the impact of rural environments on the psychological well-being of small-town elders during better and worse economic times - particularly among older residents of declining and dying rural Kansas towns. Gerontology is at its best when it is collaborative, Scheidt believes. He says he has enjoyed career-long collaborative work with his colleagues at K-State as well as in Europe and Russia. Currently, he is working with scholars in the humanities and arts in the Gerontological Society of America exploring the uses and impact of film and video media on themes within personhood and dementia.

Scheidt holds Fellow status in three professional organizations: the American Psychological Association (Division 20: Adult Development and Aging), the Gerontological Society of America, and the Association for Psychological Science. He serves (or has served) on the editorial boards of several major journals in aging. As an associate editor, he enjoys contributing regular reviews of documentary media for The Gerontologist. Overall, Scheidt's professional work has appeared in numerous journal articles, special journal issues and book chapters. He has co-edited four books focusing on environment-aging relations: "Environment and Aging Theory: A Focus on Housing" (with P. Windley), "Physical Environments and Aging: Critical Contributions of M. Powell Lawton to Theory and Practice" (with P. Windley), "Aging in Context: Socio-Physical Environments: Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics" (with Hans-Werner Wahl and P. Windley), and "Environmental Gerontology: What Now?" (with B. Schwarz).

Personal Information

Outside of the university setting, Scheidt spends a good deal of time shooting. He is a certified professional firearms instructor (armed self-defense) and a state-certified Concealed Carry Handgun (CCH) Instructor. He also enjoys archaeology and exploring sites in the Southwestern U.S. with his best friend and spouse, Dr. Mary DeLuccie.