Love Thinks is all about relationships. Our mission is to develop engaging, entertaining, and informative resources for personal growth and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships.
All of our programs are based around the Relationship Attachment Model (RAM; click here for research on the RAM), which is a picture of a relationship and the five dynamic bonds that make up a relationship. We believe that in order to be able to take charge of your relationships and make meaningful and lasting changes, you must be able to (1) remember what our programs teach and (2) be able to visualize and define confusing constructs and emotional experiences in relationships (i.e. “falling out of love” “falling in love” “losing trust” and so on). The unique feature of all of the Love Thinks programs is the RAM which provides a simple picture of the program content that can the be unpacked in deeper and more meaningful ways.
Love Thinks programs include the PICK Course for youth and adult singles provides a gameplan for building healthy romantic relationships while exploring the five most important areas of healthy partners. Couple LINKS teaches couples how to identify and strengthen the shifts of closeness in their relationship, avoiding those slow leaks that either flatten a relationship or lead to a big blowout. Our Home Runs is a set of programs including Home Run Dads, Home Run Parents, and Home Run Families. Each course provides a framework for building and sustaining openness, closeness, and respect between parents and their kids. Ready and Resilient (R&R) for the Fight Spiritual Fitness Training teaches how to build resilience through identifying, revising, and then practicing more consistently one’s transcendent values and beliefs. And Counseling with the RAM provides coaches and therapists a practical and effective approach for helping couples and individuals restore and strengthen the health of their relationship.
Love Thinks Team
John Van Epp, Ph.D.
President & Founder
John Van Epp, PhD is the author of How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk, published by McGraw-Hill and Christianity Today’s Top Pick for Singles; Becoming Better Together: The RAM plan for growing together when life is pulling you apart; and Endgame: The Church’s Strategic Move to Save Faith and Family in America.
The combination of his twenty-five years of providing clinical therapy in a private practice with his experience as an adjunct professor where he taught marriage and family coursework and reviewed extensive research in premarital, marital and family relations, have paved the way for his Love Thinks programs, PICK (How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk), Couple LINKS, Our Home Runs, Home Run Dads, Home Run Parents, R&R (Ready & Resilient) for the Fight Spiritual Fitness Training, and Relationship Counseling/Coaching with the RAM to be taught to more than a million people worldwide, and to be used by all branches of the military, non-profit and community organizations, high schools and universities, social agencies, juvenile and correctional facilities, churches and faith-based organizations, and in all fifty states, ten countries and by more than 35,000 instructors certified by Dr. Van Epp. These Love Thinks programs come in three formats: certification courses for instructor-led classes, plug-n-play discussion group courses, and online courses for at-home learning—all having both Christian and community (or non-religious) versions.
Van Epp has been a contractor for the Henry Jackson Foundation and worked with the staff at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in the Laboratory of Suicidality Department. He is considered a subject matter expert (SME) on spirituality, psychology, resiliency, and suicidality, and has contributed to the development of a suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention manual for Chaplains with Special Operations.
Dr. Van Epp and his relationship programs which are based around his innovative Relationship Attachment Model were awarded the Smart Marriage Impact Award in 2008, the Impact Award in 2018 from the National Alliance of Relationship and Marriage Education, 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, Good Morning America, Fox News, and Focus on the Family.
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, the National Alliance of Relationship and Marriage Education from 2011-2023, 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. His Love Thinks courses are research-informed and evidence-based courses with an instructor course with published research from peer-reviewed journals validating the effectiveness of the positive impact on individuals, couples, and relationships.
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.
He has been happily married for over forty-four years and is the proud father of two daughters and four grandkids (soon to be five). Check out Love Thinks other two websites: www.MyLoveThinks.com (for at-home resources) and www.RAMseries.com (for churches).
You can contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Throughout her career, she has helped hundreds of thousands of people worldwide learn how to form and maintain healthy relationships through her podcast interviews, blog, courses, speaking engagements, and social media. You can follow along with Dr. Morgan @DrMorganCutlip.
Dr. Morgan has been a featured relationship expert with Teen Vogue, The New York Times, Women’s Health Magazine, MOPS International, Loveology, and Flo, the #1 app in health and fitness. And is the author of Love Your Kids Without Losing Yourself: 5 Steps to Banish Guilt and Beat Burnout When You Already Have Too Much to Do.