As an avid proponent of community outreach and engagement, Deitrick has lead numerous research efforts, as well as the development of partnerships like the Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information System (PNCIS). With a PhD in city and regional planning, she focuses on the impacts of the nonprofit sector and higher education institutions in their regional communities.
Teaching and Research Areas
Deitrick’s research focuses on four main areas:
- Community development
- Regional planning
- Brownfields revitalization
- Post-industrial cities
Select Publications and Funded Research
- "Evaluating Bicycle, Pedestrian, Transit and Economic Data Collection Needs and Measures of Effectiveness in Pennsylvania, Final Report." Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, with Mark J. Magalotti (first author) and Michael Blackhurst. PennDOT Contract # 4400011482. Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure, University of Pittsburgh, February 2018.
- "Integrated Data to Predict Chronic Absence in Public Schools," with Feifei Ye, Josh Childs, and Caiyan Zhang. Reports on Pittsburgh Public Schools, Woodland Hills School District, Clairton City Public School District. University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh, August 2015.
- “Pittsburgh Goes High Tech.” Rebuilding America’s Legacy Cities: New Directions for the Industrial Heartland, Alan Mallach (ed.). New York: The American Assembly, Columbia University, 2012.
Consultancies, Public Service & Awards
- Soska Wilds Outreach and Engagement Leadership Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2019
- Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
- Editorial Board Member, Journal of Urban Affairs
- Pennsylvania Planning Association, Best Student Project Award, 2009, 2011: Capstone Seminar in Planning and Governance (PIA 2096)