As an avid proponent of community development, Deitrick’s work focuses on restructuring in communities and regions, with an emphasis on regional revitalization. With a PhD in city and regional planning, she works on community and economic development in the Pittsburgh area. 


Teaching and Research Areas

Deitrick’s research focuses on four main areas:

  • Community development
  • Post-industrial cities
  • Pittsburgh quality of life 
  • Economic development


Select Publications and Funded Research



Consultancies, Public Service & Awards

  • Urban Affairs Association Distinguished Service Honor Roll, May 2020
  • Tracy Soska and John Wilds Outreach and Engagement Leadership Award, University of Pittsburgh, March 2020
  • Board Member, Steel Valley Authority, 2018 – present
  • Member, Planning Commission, City of Pittsburgh, 2015 – present