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
- When Fracking Comes to Town: Governance, Planning, and Economic Impacts of the US Shale Boom, co-editor with Ilia Murtazashvili, Cornell University Press, in press, 2020.
- “Environment and Resident Perception: Using Geographic Information Systems and Survey Methods,” with Scott Beach, Ellen Kinnee, and Meg Streiff, American Journal of Health Studies, 35/2 (2020).
- “Quality of Life and Demographic-Racial Dimensions of Differences in Most Livable Pittsburgh,” with Chris Briem, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 14/4 (2020-2021).
- “Contrasting Different Geographies in Fair Market Rents: Implications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program in Pittsburgh, PA,” co-author with Mike Blackhurst (lead) and Chris Briem, Cityscape, 21, no. 3 (November 2019): 187-206.
- "Most Livable Pittsburgh,” Community Livability, 2nd edition, Fritz Wagner and Roger Caves, eds., Taylor and Francis/Routledge, 2020.
- Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, Rent Reform Policy and Family Self Sufficiency Evaluation and Alternative Small Area Fair Market Rent Program, co-PI with Michael Blackhurst, $40,476, 2017-2018.
- Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission, Comprehensive Economic Impact Analysis, $322,072, 2017 – 2018.
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