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Friedner D. Wittman, PhD, MArch, Director
Joe Harding, PhD, Consultant
Frank Latcham, MA, MSW, Staff
Friedner D. Wittman, PhD, MArch
Friedner D. Wittman, Ph.D., M. Arch., has almost forty years' experience in community planning for health and social services, environmental design, and architectural programming. He is the founder and president of CLEW Associates, formed in 1988. From 1988-2011 he was also Research Specialist at the Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISSC), University of California, Berkeley, where he founded and directed the Community Prevention Planning Program since. Fried entered the prevention field as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, 1967-1972, assigned to the Community Mental Health Centers Construction Grant Program of the National Institute of Mental Health. From 1973-1988, he maintained a private practice as an architectural program consultant primarily for alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health facilities. From 1978-1988, he was a Research Specialist with the Alcohol Research Group in Berkeley, California. His work includes ten years with two National Alcohol Research Centers funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). He also has served on several NIAAA review committees since 1972 and was a program consultant to the NIAAA research demonstration grant program on homelessness from 1986-1994. From 1983-1988, he was a Project Director at the Prevention Research Center in Berkeley, California. He was also a consultant to the Prevention Enhancement Protocols program of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services from 1994-1998. He directed the TA-POM/Prevention by Design project for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs from 1999-2006.
Fried has written over 100 papers, reports, monographs, and published articles. His subjects include (1) environmental approaches to preventing community-level problems of alcohol/drug availability, and (2) policies, practices, and design of facilities for alcohol/other drug recovery and for treatment of mental illness and related disabilities. His education includes a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design (1983), an MArch from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts (1967), and a BA from Swarthmore College (1964).
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Joe Harding, PhD
Joe Harding, a cognitive anthropologist, has forty years of experience in social science research and evaluation. He has been a consultant to CLEW Associates since 1990, specializing in community information systems to support community environment approaches to prevention, particularly as a co-developer of the ASIPS/GIS Community Tour reports showing alcohol/drug-related police events in city and county jurisdictions. Joe also joined ISSC as a staff member in 1990, where he was a research specialist at ISSC responsible for project design, evaluation, and data services for projects at the Community Prevention Planning Program. From 1971-1985 Joe headed his own social science research group where he designed, organized, and directed field studies for major national and international non-profit organizations. For five years he directed a national study on the distribution of mental health professionals for the Southern Regional Education Board in Atlanta. He has taught on sociology and anthropology faculties at five state universities. Joe Harding's research and teaching stress the need to identify local beliefs, practices, and orientations regarding local health and social issues, then use that knowledge for development of programs or interventions that are culturally appropriate and culturally acceptable in the communities they serve. Additionally, his work has focused on how to design, or re-design, facilities, programs, and services for more satisfactory and efficient use to provide educational, social, and health services. His work at ISSC has also focused on community-level data collection and management, particularly police data to document alcohol/drug problems in community contexts by time, location, and type of setting. Joe is also a specialist in GIS mapping.
Joe is the author of approximately seventy-five research reports and fifty articles, book chapters, and professional papers. His education includes a PhD in Anthropology (1973, UC Irvine), an MA (Sociology, University of Michigan, 1967) and he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Iowa (1964).
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Frank Latcham, MA, MSW
Frank Latcham received a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley in 1985 and an MSW from San Jose State in 1999. Frank has been a staff member of CLEW Associates since 2011. From 2007 to 2011, he was a staff member of the ISSC Community Prevention Planning Program, where he conducted community-level assessments of alcohol/drug risk environments in conjunction with ISSCís community planning projects in California cities and counties. He has worked in a variety of social service positions including as a Project Coordinator and teacher with the Alameda County Library Literacy Program and Jails Literacy Program. From 1999 to 2004 Frank was a Clinical Social Worker at the Center for Child Protection, Children's Hospital Oakland. In 2004 Frank attended SUNY Buffalo to study urban and children's geography. He received a fellowship with the Children's Urban Geography (ChUG) project which through a National Science Foundation grant studies how children discover, experience, and act upon urban space. Frank completed his MA degree in 2007 in connection with this study.
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