Grischa Metlay, Ph.D.
Dr. Grischa Metlay studies how multidisciplinary fields of expertise are brought to bear on complex problems, and the way that organizations participate in the framing of such problems. His dissertation and current book project examines how experts understood and addressed alcohol and drug problems in the United States between 1870 and 2000, the organizations that supported their efforts, and the cultural, political and scientific imperatives that favored certain problem frames over others.
As a Stetten Fellow affiliated with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Grischa will continue to study how NIAAA and the National Institute on Drug Abuse approached alcohol and drug problems at the end of the twentieth century. Additionally, he is beginning a new project on translational science and comparative effectiveness research – two “sciences of application” that, respectively, seek to expedite the application of basic biomedical knowledge and to ensure that health care resources are used efficiently and effectively. This project will investigate the development and institutionalization of these multidisciplinary fields, and their connection to national health care and biomedical research policies.
Grischa received his Ph.D. from Harvard’s History of Science Program in 2010.