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John Van Epp, PhD

President & Founder

John Van Epp, PhD, President/Founder of Love Thinks, LLC  is the author of How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk, published by McGraw-Hill, which blends in-depth research with humorous stories to provide a map for making healthy relationship choices. He has conducted numerous seminars and workshops over the past twenty years on topics related to marriage, family, recovery, singlehood, emotional make-up, relationships, and divorce. He is one of AOL's Love & Sex Coaches, and you can visit his AOL Coach Site for online interviews and dating information.

His twenty-five years of clinical experience and extensive research in premarital, marital and family relations have paved the way for his teach-out-of-the-box courses, PICK (How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk) Couple LINKS, Our Home Runs, and Ultimate Spiritual R&R to be taught in thousands of churches, singles organizations, educational settings and social agencies in all fifty states, ten countries and by more than 3,000 military personnel. His courses have secular and Christian versions.


He has presented his programs internationally in seminars and conferences, including the Smart Marriages Conference of the Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education from 1998-2010, Singapore's National Conference on Truth and Relationships, the Eastern Educational Research Association, International and Chapter Conferences for the North American Association for Separated and Divorced Catholics, the Annual Conference of the Ohio Association for Family and Consumer Sciences, the National and International Conferences for Beginning Experience, and the Ohio Christian Education Association, to name a few. Both the PICK and LINKS courses are "teach-out-of-the-box" with an instructor course on DVD and are being taught internationally by over 6,000 instructors in counseling and agency settings, public and private junior and senior high schools, colleges and universities, prisons, military installations, extension classes, coalition and community programs.

Dr. Van Epp has worked with many couples in their premarital relationship.  His years of clinical counseling experiences and extensive research have been enriched by his previous experience as a founding pastor of a community church and former position as an adjunct professor teaching advanced graduate coursework in marriage and family studies. He has an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology, and a second M.A. in Church History from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychology from the University of Akron.

Dr. Van Epp and hisinnovative Relationship Attachment Model, book and relationship courses were awarded the Smart Marriage Impact Award (2008) and have been featured in The Wall Street Journal,

Time Magazine, Psychology Today, O Magazine, and Cosmopolitan; and he has appeared on the CBS Early Show, the O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, and Focus on the Family. He has been happily married for over thirty-four years and is the proud father of two daughters

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Morgan Van Epp Cutlip, PhD

Research & Development

Morgan Van Epp Cutlip joined the Love Thinks team officially in 2008, although she developed an interest in romantic relationship health at a young age, and traveled with her father when he first started teaching the How to Avoid Falling for Jerk program over 20 years ago.

Since, Morgan has completed her Bachelor's degree in psychology at Miami University, her Master's in Human Development and Family Science at the Ohio State University, and earned her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. While at Ohio State, Morgan worked on a research project that evaluated the effectiveness of the No Jerk program with single Army soldiers. She was lead author on the research article published about the study, which was awarded the 2008 Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal article of the year. Her dissertation was a qualitative study on the Relationship Attachment Model with married couples and can be downloaded here.

She is happily married to her husband, Chad, and is the proud mother to Effie and Roy.