Victor Counted, Ph.D

Dr Victor Counted is a behavioural, social, and health scientist, author, research consultant, and speaker. He is an interdisciplinary voice whose main research fuse psychology, religion, and health. Currently, he works and writes on the psychology of religion and place; the effects of place attachment disruption in the aftermath of a pandemic; migrant health and quality of life; the roots of radicalization; the role of place, God, and people as objects of attachment; and the relationship between hope and human flourishing. He is committed to transforming people and organisations through research and educational leadership. His new book “The Roots of Radicalization” is coming 2021 with Rowman & Littlefield (Lexington Books).


  • Ph.D. in Psychology — Western Sydney University, Australia 
  • Ph.D. in Religion & Society — 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

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Forthcoming Books

Book Project for Rowan & Littlefield (Lexington Books)

Title: "The Roots of Radicalization: Disrupted Attachment & Displacement"

I have signed a contract to write a book for Lexington Books on my work on disrupted attachment systems and displacement in the context of radicalization. The working title for the book is "The Roots of Radicalization". The book should be ready by the end of 2020.

Book Project for Springer International

Title: "Place Attachment and Post-Pandemic Urban Recovery: Displacement, Coping, and Healthy Behaviors"

I have signed a contract with Springer to co-author a book with two other colleagues (Haywantee Ramkissoon and Richard Cowden) on a COVID-19 pandemic urban recovery plan through the lens of place attachment and pro-environmental behaviours. The book should be published early 2021.


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.

Place Spirituality: an attachment perspective

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

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