About John


Dr. John Dehlin is a researcher, non-profit CEO, podcaster, and coach.

Education: John received a Ph.D. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Utah State University in 2015.  His clinical training and research interests revolve around the nexus of religion and mental health.

Research: John’s research has been published in numerous peer reviewed scientific journals including the Journal of Counseling Psychology (APA), the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, Identity, the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Non-Profit Work: John is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Open Stories Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to “To promote understanding, healing, growth, and community for people experiencing or impacted by religious transition.”  The OSF produces podcasts, events, and support communities for progressive and post-Mormons.

Podcasting: John is the founder of Mormon Stories Podcast, the most popular and longest running podcast within Mormonism.  He is also the co-host of Mormon Transitions Podcast, dedicated to supporting Mormons who are transitioning away from either Mormon orthodoxy, or Mormonism altogether.

Private Practice: John’s private coaching practice, also focusing on religion and mental health, can be found here.

Technology Background: Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., John worked for seven years at Microsoft Corporation, and three years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the Director of the International OpenCourseWare Consortium.

Media Coverage: John’s research and podcasting work have been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC’s Nightline, HBO’s Vice News Tonight, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, VH1, and RadioWest.  John’s TEDx talk can be found here.  John’s work was also featured in HBO’s feature documentary film “Believer” starring Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds and Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn.