Victor Counted, PhD

Dr Victor Counted is an applied psychologist, social scientist, researcher, author, and entrepreneur. His research addresses various aspects of psychosocial, psychospiritual, and environmental processes that shape health, well-being, and human flourishing. As an interdisciplinary voice, Dr. Counted fuses psychology, religion, place, and health to address pressing contemporary issues such as radicalization, mental health, human connection, pandemic-related resource loss, religious/spiritual struggles, migration, and human-environment interactions. His application of attachment theory to place, religion, migration, radicalization, and quality of life has sparked renewed interests in the fields of psychology and religion. Dr Counted has a PhD in Health Psychology from Western Sydney University and a second PhD in Psychology of Religion from the University of Groningen. He has lived and conducted research across four continents and still considers himself displaced.

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;

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.


Forthcoming (July 2021)


In The Roots of Radicalization: Disrupted Attachment Systems and Displacement, Victor Counted examines the expressions of attachment-related radicalization. Counted argues that radicalization is rooted in experiences of disrupted attachment in religion, places, or with people who are perceived as sources of security.

Research and practices promoting health, well-being, and human connection

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