Dr Victor Counted

Behavioural, Social, & Health Scientist 

I originally intended to be a music artiste (rapper *yikes*), but then I ended up in a seminary to become a priest where I fell in love with philosophy. After my seminary education and priestly ordination, I started a Master of Philosophy (research) exploring the interplay of religion and cross-cultural psychology. At this time, I got connected with Ward Davis who introduced me to the adult attachment theory research: a mirror into my own personal struggles with the attachment betrayal and abandonment issues I experienced as a teen. It was then I realised that I wanted to pursue a career in research as a scientist and philosopher studying adult attachment, religion, and health outcomes.

After I completed my Bachelors and my Master of Philosophy investigating youth attachment and authenticity in a South African context, I got my Ph.D. in Religion & Society (with focus in the Psychology & Sociology of Religion) at the University of Groningen (2018) studying the interplay of religious and place attachment in a migration context. I got a second Ph.D. in Psychology at Western Sydney University (2019) researching the complex relationships between different types of adult attachment experiences and health/quality of life outcomes in Australia.

By training I am a social, health, and positive psychologist, social scientist, and psychologist of religion who uses psychological theories and methods to derive predictions and account for observable phenomena in attachment behaviours, religion/spirituality, human-environment interactions, radicalization, behaviour change, migration, health-related outcomes, youth mental health, and clinical spiritual care.

I am the Head of Research & Program Development at Counted Solutions Australia Pty Ltd, Founder & Trutee of the Udoka Foundation, and Fellow of the School of Psychology, Western Sydney University. I am also Research Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Applied Psychology & Religion, where I work with Fraser Watts examining the interplay of place attachment and religion.

I consider myself an interdisciplinary voice who research interests fuse positive, social, environmental psychology, applied health research, and the psychology of religion. Though I am mostly known for my work on Place Resilience, Adult Attachment Experiences and The Psychology of Religion and Place.

When not researching, I enjoy trying new restaurants and movies with my wife Jessie, an Education Services Manager, and we love traveling around the world transforming lives one country at a time.

The Security of Place & Resilience

Published in Psychology Today 19 March, 2019.

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

Published in The Conversation January 21, 2020


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


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


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

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