Committed to helping communities flourish
Proud father of Victor Alejandro Ikemba Counted
Married to Jessie Karina Counted
PhD in Psychology, Western Sydney University (2019)
PhD in Religious Studies, The University of Groningen (2019)
Director, COSORI Australia
Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Western Sydney University
Fellow, International Society of Science and Religion
School of Psychology, Western Sydney University
Associate Pastor, LWWC Sydney Australia
Counted Solutions Group
Trustee & Senior Policy Advisor, The Udoka Foundation
Adjunct Faculty & Research Associate, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University (2015 – 2018)
research and practices that sustain and promote health,
community well-being, and human connection
Vic Counted, PhD
For the past couple of years, Dr Counted’s research has sought to address the problem of health inequalities in vulnerable communities by identifying various aspects of environmental, psychosocial, and psychospiritual factors that shape health, community well-being, and quality of life.
He is has ‘cut his teeth’ in academia as an interdisciplinary scholar, psychological scientist, philosopher, practical theologian, and mental health researcher.
Dr Counted has a PhD in Health Psychology (Western Sydney University, Australia) and a second PhD in Psychology of Religion (University of Groningen, Netherlands).
Vic, as fondly called by friends, is also a social entrepreneur, lecturer, christian minister, author, and speaker.
He currently lives in Sydney with his wife Jessie and son Victor.
Key areas: minority health, migrant quality of life, suffering, mental health, human flourishing, 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, 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.
Spiritual/Pastoral health care, missional therapy, youth faith formation
Well-being in Vulnerable Contexts During the COVID-19 PandemicJanuary 9, 2021/