Victor Counted, Ph.D.

Dr Victor Counted is a behavioural, social, and health scientist, writer, research consultant, and public speaker. He is an interdisciplinary voice whose main research fuse psychology and religious studies. He is interested in health-related outcomes, human-environment interactions, radicalization, migration and diaspora studies, adult attachment patterns, environmental psychology, and psychology of religion. He is mostly known for his scholarly work on The Psychology of Religion and Place, and committed to transforming people and organisations one solution at a time. 


  • PhD in Psychology — Western Sydney University, Australia 
  • PhD in Religious Studies — 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.

Recent Posts

Upcoming Events and Speaking Engagements

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Forthcoming 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.

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