To build a better world where everyone can thrive and flourish


To use my leadership, research, writing, ministry, and teaching skills to improve, support, and sustain what makes communities flourish 


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


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


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


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

  • Incoming Associate Professor, School of Psychology and Counselling, Regent University, VA
  • Core Analysis Writing Team, Global Flourishing Study
  • Faculty Affiliate, Human Flourishing Program, Harvard University, MA
  • Senior Research Fellow, COSORI Australia 
  • Honorary Fellow, School of Psychology, Western Sydney University, NSW
  • Co-founder & Director, Counted Solutions Pty ltd, Australia
  • Associate Pastor, LWWC Sydney


15 February 2021 Son: Victor Alejandro Ikemba Counted
09 February 2020 Wife: Jessie Counted


December 2021 - present Harvard University's Human Flourishing Program
Program and Research Affiliate
Sept 2021 - present Mental Health, Religion and Culture
Editorial Board Member
June 2021 - present COSORI Australia
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
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

International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (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)


Psychology of Religion and Place
Place Attachment Disruptions
The Circle of Place Spirituality Framework
Attachment-Radicalization Framework
Caregiving Faith


2020 - present The Udoka Foundation
Senior Policy Advisor
April 2019 - present Counted Solutions Pty Ltd
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


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, 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 


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<br>
Seminary and Theological Training


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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