Victor Counted, Ph.D.

Dr Victor Counted is Fellow of the School of Social Sciences & Psychology at Western Sydney University, and Head of Research & Program Development at Counted Solutions Pty Ltd. 

A behavioural, social, and health scientist, Dr Counted is an interdisciplinary voice whose main research fuse social, health, and environmental psychology. He is also interested in applying attachment theory to religion, and known for his scholarly work in the psychology of religion and place.

Dr Counted received a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Psychology from Western Sydney University (Australia), and also has a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Religious Studies from the University of Groningen (Netherlands). 



Migrants and the bond with God: attachment and survival are linked

Published in The Conversation 21 January, 2020.

Can Religious Coping Help Australian Bushfire Survivors?

Published in Psychology Today 20 January, 2020

The Security of Place & Resilience

Published in Psychology Today 19 March, 2019.

Upcoming Events and Speaking Engagements

  1. ‘The Psychology of Religion and Place’ Lecture at the Australian Catholic University Melbourne

    February 17 - February 19
  2. Talk on Place, Spirituality, and Health at the APA Division 36 Mid-Year Conference (University of Colorado Denver)

    March 13 - March 14

Upcoming Projects

Book Project for Lexington Books: "The Roots of Radicalization"

I have signed a contract to put together a book manuscript for Lexington Books on my work on disrupted attachment and displacement in the context of radicalization. The working title for the book is "The Roots of Radicalization". The book is due by the end of the year.

Book Project: The God Bond

I am currently working on another book title on "The God Bond: A guide to spiritual relationship experiences." The book sheds light on the developmental pathways involved forming a relationship with God and what it mean for people of all walks of life.

Selected Publications

Attachment to Australia, Attachment to God, and Quality of Life Outcomes in Migrants

Published 2020 in Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 22(1), 65-95.

Sense of Place Attitudes and Quality of Life Outcomes among African Residents in Australia

Published 2019 in the Journal of Community Psychology 47(2), 338-355.

Defining the Psychology of Religion and Place: A Concept Analysis

Published in the book: The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives (pp. 307-334), 2019

Place Spirituality: an attachment perspective

Published 2019 in Archive for the Psychology of Religion 41(1), 12–25.

Keep in touch!

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