Sabina Deitrick, PhD

  • Associate Professor


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)