Scientist, author, speaker.

Vic Counted

Psychological scientist, author and speaker committed to helping communities thrive and flourish


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Dr Vic Counted is an interdisciplinary psychological scientist and incoming Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Counselling at Regent University, Virginia USA. He is also Faculty Affiliate of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University and has previously worked as a researcher and lecturer in South Africa, Nigeria, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Australia.

Vic has published six books and over 50 research articles and scholarly chapters examining various aspects of psychosocial and psychospiritual processes that shape health and wellbeing across cultures, and is known for his contribution to the dialogue between psychology and religion.

Dr Vic Counted has degrees in theology, social sciences, and holds a Ph.D. in Health Psychology from Western Sydney University, Australia, and a second Ph.D. in Psychology of Religion from The University of Groningen, Netherlands.

latest books from dr counted

October 2021
Springer Nature This book rekindles the well-known connection between people and place in the context of a global pandemic. The chapters are divided into two sections. In the first section, “Place Attachment During a Pandemic,” we review the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extent of its impact on place attachment and human-environment interactions. We examine how restrictions in mobility and environmental changes can have a significant psychological burden on people who are dealing with the effect of place attachment disruption that arises during a pandemic. In the second section, “Adjusting to Place Attachment Disruption During and After a Pandemic,” we focus on adaptive processes and responses that could enable people to adjust positively to place attachment disruption. We conclude the book by discussing the potential for pro-environmental behavior to promote place attachment and flourishing in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing an integrative framework of place flourishing and exploring its implications for theory, research, policy, and practice.
Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing
August 2021
Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield This book examines the expressions of attachment-related radicalization. It argues that radicalization is rooted in experiences of disrupted attachment in religion, places, or with people who are perceived as sources of security. The book treats the subject of radicalization with great insight and empathy and interprets it in the light of recent cases of radicalization around the world.
The Roots of Radicalization

current journal issues and books edited by dr counted

Book Series: Religion, Spirituality, and Health: A Social Scientific Approach.

The book will explore some of the historical and contemporary aspects of spiritual experiences and health outcomes in which place matters: centring on the well-being implications of people-place relationship experiences in religion, health risk factors associated with place-based religion, and the health benefits of sacred and religious places in different cross-cultural contexts.

There is no available Call for Papers for this book series. However, if you feel that you have a chapter that might fit the rubric of the book do feel free to send me an email at

Journal: Sustaintability.

Read about the special issue call for paper here

Feelings of displacement and poor quality of life—including physically, socially, psychologically—are particularly heightened for migrant communities, especially at a time when the world is grappling with a global pandemic. With about one billion people on the move globally—many of whom are impacted by the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic—and increased mental health diagnoses within many migrant communities since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to build research capacity in addressing the health needs of socially disadvantaged migrant populations globally. Nonetheless, there are reasons to believe that these health and quality of life concerns may have worsened for migrants due to their loss of resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the changes that followed this loss. While many citizens were anchored at their home countries, having some support from their governments and families, voluntary and non-voluntary migrants—including international students, skilled and unskilled migrant workers, refugees—were left, in most host countries, to grapple with the drastic changes and losses that came with the COVID-19 pandemic. These sudden pandemic-related changes led to considerable loss of resources within migrant communities, including but not limited to their loss of economic (e.g., financial stability, job loss), interpersonal (e.g., relationship losses, heightened social isolation), physical (e.g., displacement, nutritional deficiencies, travel and home-bond restrictions), and psychological (e.g., control over one’s life, sense of purpose, anxiety about the future in host countries) resources. The loss of physical, economic, interpersonal, and psychological resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic make migrant populations susceptible to increased stress levels and decline in health and quality of life. To fully understand the impact of the global COVID-19 health crisis on migrant populations around the world, this Special Issue will consider the multifaceted and broader contexts through which to measure and conceptualise migrant health and flourishing. Additionally, given the continuing scarcity of health research in socially disadvantaged migrant contexts, this Special Issue will provide a solid and enduring foundation to the establishment of a new critical mass in the field of migrant health and flourishing, with a commitment to influence policy and practice. A direct consequence of this issue will be 1) knowledge creation and dissemination (innovative, high-quality evidence-based research on the social, economic, and cultural factors that influence migrant health and flourishing); 2) knowledge translation (translating research into practice, program, and policies in relation to migrant health and flourishing); 3) collaboration (growing international collaborations for improving migrant health and flourishing); and iv) capacity building in health and socially disadvantaged migrant communities around the world. Cross-disciplinary empirical and theoretical contributions and policy papers, from across the health, social, and behavioural sciences, addressing any of these objectives through various theories and methodologies are welcomed.

Contributors should initially submit an abstract of up to 300 words and a brief biography by 20 June 2021 to the editor. Full papers will be due by 15 November 2021. Articles should not exceed 7000 words (including references).

Dr. Victor Counted
Guest Editor

Trained as an interdisciplinary social scientist, health psychologist, and practical theologian, Dr Counted’s body of work has sought to address various aspects of psychosocial, psychospiritual, and human-environment processes that shape health and well-being across cultures.  

Key areas: minority health, migrant quality of life, suffering, mental health, human flourishing, physical health, psychological well-being, social relationships, spiritual well-being, environmental health;

Key research topics: place attachment, religious/spiritual attachment, attachment with adult caregivers, attachment psychopathology, attachment & radicalization; 

Key interests: religious coping, spiritual struggles, religion & wellbeing, religion & place, spiritual care, God representations, relational spirituality, attachment-religion framework, African diaspora religion, religion & migration, religious psychopathology;

Attachment radicalization framework, religious psychopathology, religious conflicts, conservative nationalism, psychology of conspiracy beliefs

Expertise: sense of place, community belonging, place attitudes, place attachment, sacred places, people-place relationships, pro-environmental behaviors; 

Interests: migration & health, religion & migration, migrant social integration, sense of belonging, African diaspora, acculturation strategies

Research topics: coping, self-transcendence, authenticity, resilience, hope, well-being, meaning-making, character strengths.

Psychosocial healing systems, protective psychological resources, religious coping, cross-cultural well-being practices, spiritual care across cultures

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