Scottsdale Research Institute

Dr. Sue Sisely, MD

Dr. Sue Sisley MD is an Arizona-based physician practicing Internal Medicine and Psychiatry.

She works as Medical Director for medical cannabis license holders in 11 different states/territories from Hawaii to Puerto Rico to New York.

Sue serves as Site Principal Investigator for the only FDA-approved randomized controlled trial in the world examining safety/efficacy of whole plant marijuana in combat veterans with treatment-resistant post traumatic stress disorder PTSD. Dr. Sisley is on faculty at Colorado State University PUEBLO campus, recruited for core planning team to organize the CSUP "ICR Institute of Cannabis Research" in Pueblo, Colorado.

Dr. Sisley has been a Member of Nevada ILAC Medical Cannabis Commission for the past two years outlining regulations for laboratory testing including limits on pesticides, residual solvents and other guidelines that are currently being used as a model for other states medical cannabis laws. She also serves on the Steering Committee for Thomas Jefferson University Lambert Cannabis Medical Research Center.

Ben Shechet
Study Coordinator

Ben Shechet received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Princeton University in 2009, where he spent time researching motor learning in infants and children, and developing a neural framework for understanding the phenomenon of boredom. In 2013, he began working for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) as an intern, and since then has held several positions with MAPS in the clinical research department. Ben moved to Arizona in 2016 and transitioned to working for Scottsdale Research Institute to serve as Study Coordinator for MAPS’s groundbreaking study of cannabis in veterans with PTSD.

Dr. John Laabs, MD

John Laabs, MD, earned Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and its School of Medicine and Public Health. He later received a Master of Public Health degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. After completing residency in Family Medicine, Dr. Laabs entered private practice. He later completed additional training in Occupational Medicine. For 15 years, he served as Senior Physician, Director of Clinical Research, Director of Skin Science Research, and Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Since leaving Kimberly-Clark in 2004 he has practiced in Appleton, Wisconsin at a Community-Based Veterans Administration Clinic, Theda Care facilities and has served as Medical Director for health insurance companies. In 2014, Dr. Laabs moved to Arizona to work as sub-investigator for phase 1 pharmaceutical trials in a contract research organization. In May 2017, he joined Scottsdale Research Institute as Site Medical Director. He is currently board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine (Occupational Medicine).

Dr. Michael H. Stumpf, MD, DLFAPA

Michael H. Stumpf, MD, DLFAPA is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana, and completed his internship and residency in Psychiatry at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Stumpf is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr Stumpf currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Empowerment Systems of Apache Junction, Arizona, and is a Research Associate at Scottsdale Research Institute.

Dr. Stumpf is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a Past-President of the Arizona Psychiatric Society and the Phoenix Psychiatric Council.

In the past, Dr. Stumpf has served as Associate Medical Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services Division of Behavioral Health Services, Chief Medical Officer of Arizona State Hospital, Chief Medical Officer of Pinal Gila Behavioral Health Association (PGBHA), Medical Director of Superstition Mountain Mental Health Center, and Medical Director of the Community Organization for Drug Abuse, Mental Health and Alcoholism Services (CODAMA).

Dr Stumpf has taught at Arizona State University, Rio Salado Community College, and Maricopa Medical Center. Currently he is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Medicine of the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. He is the recipient of an Outstanding Faculty Award from Rio Salado Community College for helping develop and teach a course in psychopharmacology for psychiatric case managers.

Kady Bentz
Research Lab Associate

Portrait photo of Kady Bentz at SRI.Kady Lee Bentz is a nature-loving Arizona women born and raised in the Valley of the Sun! Due to her love and passion for ASL, Ms. Bentz received her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University. Her interest for research as a career grew during the end of her undergraduate years when she was employed by Bioscreen Clinical Services, a dermatological testing center. This led Ms. Bentz into the amazing world of Clinical Research and the many possibilities included.

Ms. Bentz gained pertinent research experience working for Phoenix Medical Group. As a study coordinator employed by a pulmonologist, Kady coordinated COPD and asthma studies. She has plentiful experience in pulmonary function testing, phlebotomy, and professional clinical care.

Soon after realizing her passion for research, Kady completed the Masters of Science program for Clinical Research Management through Arizona State University. She now works with Dr. Sue Sisley and the Research Team from Scottsdale Research Institute in the endeavor to test cannabis with PTSD-diagnosed veterans.