DR VICTOR COUNTED

SALT & LIGHT

Victor Counted, Ph.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychology and Counseling and Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Regent University. He also leads the Abundant Life Flourishing Program at Regent University and is Faculty Affiliate of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University, and Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion. 

Vic has degrees in theology, philosophy, social sciences, and doctorates in health psychology and the psychology of religion. He is trained as a health psychologist, interdisciplinary social scientist, and practical theologian. He professionally works as a research psychologist, university professor, well-being scientist, public policy strategist, and minister. 

Vic has published six books and over 70 peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly publications that examine and promote the science and practice of human flourishing, with a focus on the daily psychological dynamics—spiritual, social, and environmental—that shape health and well-being across cultures. 

Vic is passionate about planting the seed of transformation in the hearts of people of all race, gender, and religion, and supporting, strengthening, and sustaining what makes communities flourish.

He is married to Jessie and they both live in Virginia Beach with their two sons: Victor and Zuphland.

 

 

2019

Ph.D. Health Psychology: Western Sydney University, Australia

2019

Ph.D. Psychology of Religion: The University of Groningen, The Netherlands

2015

MPhil. Social Science (Majors: Religion, Culture, Mental Health): Stellenbosch University, South Africa

2012

B.A. (Hons) Theology: University of Nigeria Nsukka (West Africa Theological Seminary), Nigeria

  • Place, Spirituality, and Well-being: A Global and Multidisciplinary Approach (Springer, 2023).
  • The Roots of Radicalization: Disrupted Attachment Systems and Displacement  (Lexington Books, 2021)
  • Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing: Disruption, Adjustment, and Healthy Behaviors (Springer, 2021)
  • The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
  • Experiencing God in a Foreign Land: Theoretical and empirical explorations on the psychological links between religion and place among dispersed people (University of Groningen Press, 2019)
  • From A Weakspot To A Hotshot: Life-changing insights on how to lead and live a complete life (Hubb Publishing, 2015)

FAMILY

27 March, 2024
Son
Father - Zuphland Counted
15 February 2021
Son
Father - Victor Counted II
09 February 2020
Wife
Husband - Jessie Counted
Igbo
Ethnicity

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH CAREER

March 2024 - present
Jan 2024 - present
July 2023 - present
Director of Research

Director, The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, Regent University

February 2023 - present
July 2022 - present
Associate Professor of Psychology

Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Regent University

December 2021 - present
Sept 2021 - present
Mental Health, Religion and Culture
Editorial Board Member
2019 - 2021
Journal Guest Editor

Journal for the Academic Study of Religion (Religion, Spirituality, and the New African Diaspora)

Australian Association for the Study of Religion premier journal

June 2021 - present
April 2021 - present
International Society for Science and Religion
Fellow (FISSR)
March 2019-present
School of Psychology, Western Sydney University, Australia
Research Fellow
17 December 2019
Western Sydney University, Australia
PhD, Health Psychology
June 27, 2019
University of Groningen, Netherlands
PhD, Psychology of Religion
June 2019
Wessel Ganzevoort Award
Recipient
August 2017 - present
Cambridge Institute for Applied Psychology and Religion, Cambridge UK
Research Associate
Nov 2017
Western Sydney University, Australia
Cert. in Statistical Analysis
2017 - 2018
Western Sydney University, Australia
Research Project Assistant
Nov 2016 - July 2019
Western Sydney University, Australia
Unit Convenor \ Casual Lecturer
Sept 2016
Western Sydney University, Australia
Dean's HDR Research Award
Apr 2016 - Dec 2019
Western Sydney University, Australia
IPRS Award
Mar 2015 - March 2018
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Research Fellow
Mar 2013 - March 2015
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Master of Philosophy -MPhil
Aug 2008 - Sept 2012
West Africa Theological Seminary, Nigeria
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: MANAGEMENT, PUBLIC POLICY 

2020 - present
The Udoka Foundation
Senior Policy Advisor
April 2019 - present
Counted Solutions Pty Ltd
Co-founder
2012 - 2016
Third Millennium Africa Project
Project Leader
2012 - 2013
In My Street Berlin
Writer and Reporter (Global South)
2011 - 2012
West Africa Theological Seminary
Student Council President
2008 - 2011
Spiritual Formation Department, West Africa Theological Seminary
Department Secretary

 

 

2005
Rodney Aman Chambers
Litigation Clerk
2004
Golden Gloves Health Ltd
Assistant Store Manager
2003
City Group of Schools
High School Teacher

INVITED TALKS AND LECTURES

Feb 19, 2020
Religious Identity, Space, and Place Symposium
Australian Catholic University, AU

The Psychology of Religion and Place: Theory, Research, and Practice

Sept 3, 2019
International Association for the Psychology of Religion Conference
University of Gdansk, Poland

The Psychology of Religion and Place in a Migration Context

Dec 11, 2018
Psychology @ Western Symposium
Western Sydney University, AU

Attachment and Quality of Life in African Migrants

May 19, 2018
European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health
Coventry University, UK

Between Feelings and Emotions: Religious Attitudes, Attachment, and Quality of Life

July 12, 2018
International Place Attachment Symposium
Roma Tre University, Italy

Place Attachment and Spirituality

Nov 24, 2017
African Studies Association of Australiasia and the Pacific
University of South Australia

Attachment and Quality of Life in the African Diaspora

Aug 21 - 25, 2017
International Association for the Psychology of Religion Conference
Scandic Hotel Hamar, Norway

Place Attachment, Attachment to God, and Quality of Life

Aug 18, 2017
Summer School
The University of Groningen

Attachment and Radicalization

5 Dec, 2016
Youth, Health and Practical Justice Conference
University of New South Wales

Youth Identity Crisis and the Internal Conflict with Self and the Divine 

4 Oct., 2016
Spirituality, Culture, and Wellbeing Conference
Excelsia College, Sydney, Australia

Spirituality and Well-being in South African Youths 

2 Mar., 2016
International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

God Image Representations in Youth People 

MINISTRY (PASTORAL) EXPERIENCE

2018 - present
LWWC Sydney Australia
Associate Pastor
2013 - 2017
Counted for Christ Ministries
Itinerant Preacher and Speaker
2013 - 2015
SIMS Methodist Episcopal Church Stellenbosch, South Africa
Associate Pastor
2013 - 2015
Faculty of Theology Stellenbosch University
Further Theological Studies
2012 - 2013
Internet Missions Network
Ministry Leader & Writer
2008 - 2012
West Africa Theological Seminary
Seminary and Theological Training

TEACHING

Dr Victor Counted is a seasoned educator and university professor with a passion to equip the next generation of leaders.

WORKSHOPS

Dr Counted provides knowledge translation workshops and leadership training for community leaders & health professionals.

CONSULTATION

Dr Counted offers consulting services through Counted Solutions Pty Limited, a Sydney-based management and research firm.