Victor Counted, PhD

Dr Victor Counted is a behavioral and social scientist and health psychologist. He has doctorates in psychology (Ph.D., Western Sydney University) and religious studies (Ph.D., University of Groningen). Dr. Counted studies the interrelationships and intricacies of place, attachment, religion/spirituality, migration, mental health, and wellbeing from different interdisciplinary perspectives, drawing heavily on psychological theories and methods. His scholarly work addresses various aspects of psychosocial, psychospiritual, and environmental processes that shape health, well-being, and human flourishing. He consults for COSO Group and is the Senior Policy Advisor for The Udoka Foundation.

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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