DR VICTOR COUNTED

applied psychologist & social scientist 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. Health Psychology, Western Sydney University 
  • Ph.D. Psychology of Religion, University of Groningen 

CURRENT AFFILIATIONS/ROLES

  • Senior Policy Advisor, The Udoka Foundation
  • Research Consultant, COSORI Australia
  • Honorary Fellow, School of Psychology, Western Sydney University
  • Fellow (FISSR), International Society for Science and Religion
  • Research Associate, Cambridge Institute for Applied Psychology and Religion

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Unit Cordinator/Lecturer, Western Sydney University
  • Research Associate, Stellenbosch University
  • Project Leader, Third Millennium Africa Proj
  • Global South Correspondent, In My Street Berlin

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Adult Attachment : place attachment, religious/spiritual attachment, attachment with adult caregivers, attachment psychopathology, attachment & radicalization
  • Health & Well-being : minority health, migrant quality of life, suffering, mental health, human flourishing, psychological well-being, social relationships, spiritual well-being, environmental health
  • Environment & Behavior : sense of place, community belonging, place attitudes, place attachment, sacred places, pro-environmental behaviors, place flourishing
  • Migration & Integration: global migration health, religion & migration, migrant social integration, sense of belonging, African diaspora, acculturation strategies
  • Religion/Spirituality :religious coping, spiritual struggles, religion & wellbeing, religion & place, spiritual care, God representations, relational spirituality, attachment-religion framework, African diaspora religion, religion & migration, religious psychopathology 
  • Positive Psychology : coping, hope, positive adaptation, self-transcendence, forgiveness, authenticity, resilience, meaning-making, character strengths and virtues.

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • place attachment disruptions in contexts of pandemics, migration, and mental health,
  • the intersections of spirituality, place, and health,
  • attachment-related radicalization framework and interventions,
  • the role of place in human development and flourishing,
  • the integration of psychology (clinical, environmental, positive, health) and the study of religion.

KNOWN FOR

  • Pioneering the psychology of religion and place field
  • Scholarly work on place attachment disruptions 
  • Developing the attachment-radicalization framework
  • Developing the circle of place spirituality framework

AWARDS AND HONORS 

  • Candidate, Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2021)
  • Fellow, International Society for Science and Religion (2021)
  • Recipient of the Wessel Ganzevoort Fund for Research Excellence (2019)
  • Dean’s HDR Research Award, Western Sydney University (2016)
  • Australian Research Council’s International Postgraduate Scholarship Award (2016)
  • Leadership Excellence Award, West Africa Theological Seminary (2012)

LECTURES & INVITES 

  • Australian Catholic University, Australia (Feb 19, 2020)
  • The University of Gdansk, Poland (Aug. Sept 3, 2019)
  • Western Sydney University, Australia (Dec 11, 2018)
  • Coventry University, United Kingdom (May 19, 2018)
  • Roma Tre University, Italy (July 12, 2018)
  • International Association for the Psychology of Religion Conference, Norway (21-25 Aug 2017)
  • The University of Groningen, Netherlands (Aug 18, 2017)
  • University of New South Wales, Australia (4-5 Dec, 2016)
  • Excelsia College, Australia (4 Oct, 2016)
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Mar 2, 2016)

ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECTS 

  • Zuphland 
  • COSORI Australia 
  • Counted Solutions Pty Ltd 
  • EduKA
  • count 123 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

  • Psychology Today 
  • The Conversation 
  • University of Groningen News
  • Nederlands Daily Newspaper 
  • Dutch Reformed Daily Newspaper
  • Nieuw Wij! (Dutch)
  • Harvard’s Human Flourishing Blog

HOBBIES

  • Research
  • Traveling 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Preaching
  • Speaking
  • Writing

Teaching

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

Workshops

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

consultation

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

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