Dr Vic Counted is an interdisciplinary researcher by training, psychologist by methodology, theologian by passion, and eclectic scientist at heart. He is interested in various aspects of psychosocial and psychospiritual processes that shape health and wellbeing across cultures and is known for his contribution to the dialogue between psychology and religion. 

Dr Counted has contributed to the borderline between psychology and religious studies by:

explaining the behavior of people of faith through insights from psychological science

documenting for social and behavioral scientists some interesting links between the science of religion/spirituality and health

comparing big ideas about human nature and evolutionary perspective found in both psychological research and religious/theological literature.

– showing how religious/spiritual experiences and beliefs stem from the unfolding contexts of people-place interactions 

– documenting how attachment disruptions in religious, geographical, and political contexts are associated with the risk of radical behavior

Recently, Dr Counted is working on research and community interventions to promote post-pandemic flourishing and assess the attachment radicalization framework. 

The research flow chart below shows all the topics he has worked on, giving a bigger picture of his scholarly contributions.

  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021) Protest, Despair, and Detachment: Reparative Responses to Place Attachment Disruptions During a Pandemic. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 55-67.  Springer https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_5
  • Cowden R.G., Counted V., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Transcending Place Attachment Disruption: Strengthening Character During a Pandemic. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 81-92.  Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_7
  • Cowden R.G., Counted V., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Adapting to Place Attachment Disruption During a Pandemic: From Resource Loss to Resilience. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 71-80. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_6
  • Cowden R.G., Counted V., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Place Attachment and Suffering During a Pandemic. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 45-54. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_4
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Place Attachment and Resource Loss During a Pandemic: An Ecological Systems Perspective. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 33-44. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_3
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Place Attachment During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Scoping Review. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 15-32. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_2
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Place Attachment During a Pandemic: An Introduction. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 1-11. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_1
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Pro-environmental Behavior, Place Attachment, and Human Flourishing: Implications for Post-pandemic Research, Theory, Practice, and Policy. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 93-108. Springer https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_8
  • Shiba, K., Cowden, R.G., Counted, V., VanderWeele, T.J., & Fancourt, D. (in press). Associations of home confinement during COVID-19 lockdown with subsequent health and well-being among UK adults. Current Psychology
  • Captari, L. E., Cowden, R. G., Sandage, S. J., Davis, E. B., Bechara, A. O., Joynt, S., & Counted, V. (in press). Religious/spiritual struggles and depression during COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns in the Global South: Evidence of moderation by positive religious coping and hope. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
  • Cowden, R.G., Davis, E.B., Counted, V., Chen, Y., Rueger, S.Y., VanderWeele, T.J., Lemke, A.W., Glowiak, K.J., Worthington Jr., E.L. (2021). Suffering, Mental Health, and Psychological Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Longitudinal Study of U.S. Adults with Chronic Health Conditions. Wellbeing, Space, and Society. Advance online publication: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wss.2021.100048
  • Cowden, R. G., Rueger, S. Y., Davis, E. B., Counted, V., Kent, B. V., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T. J., Rim, M., Lemke, A. W., & Worthington, E. L., Jr. (2021). Resource loss, positive religious coping, and suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic: A prospective cohort study of U.S. adults with chronic illness. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture. Advance online publication: https://doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2021.1948000
  • Counted, V., Coweden, R.G., & Haywantee R. (2021). Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing: Disruption, Adjustment, and Healthy  Behaviors. Springer  
  • Counted, V. (2021). The Roots of Radicalization: Disrupted Attachment Systems and Displacement. Lexington Books 
  • Counted, V., Pargament, K.I., Bachera, A.O., Joynt, S., & Cowden, R.G. (in press). Hope and Well-being in Vulnerable Contexts During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Does religious coping matter? The Journal of Positive Psychology https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2020.1832247  [PDF] 
  • Possamai, A., Jinks, T., & Counted, V. (2020). Conventional and unconventional forms of religiosity: identifying predictive factors and wellbeing outcomes. Journal for the Study of Spirituality 10(2), 155-170 [PDF Download]
  • Counted, V., Possamai, A., McAuliffe, C., & Meade, T. (2020). Attachment to Australia, Attachment to God, and Quality of Life Outcomes in African Christian Diaspora. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 22(1), 65-95 [PDF Download].
  • Counted, V. (2019). Sense of Place Attitudes and Quality of Life Outcomes among African Residents in a Multicultural Australian Society. Journal of Community Psychology 47(2), 338-355 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V. & Meade, T. (2019). Why and How Environmental and Religious Attachments Matter for Health Promotion. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V., Possamai, A., & Meade, T. (2018). Relational Spirituality and Quality of Life 2007 to 2017: An integrative research review.  Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 16:75 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2016). Being Authentic is the New Image: A study of authenticity and selfhood among south African Christian millennials. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 19(3), 268–294 [PDF]. 

Attachment-Related Radicalization

  • Counted, V. (2021). The Roots of Radicalization: Disrupted Attachment Systems and Displacement. Lexington Books
  • Counted, V. (2017). Attachment Theory and Religious Violence: Theorizing Adult Religious Psychopathology. Journal for the Study of Religion 30(1), 78-109

People-Place Relationships / Human-Environment Interactions

  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021) Protest, Despair, and Detachment: Reparative Responses to Place Attachment Disruptions During a Pandemic. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 55-67.  Springer https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_5
  • Cowden R.G., Counted V., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Transcending Place Attachment Disruption: Strengthening Character During a Pandemic. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 81-92.  Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_7
  • Cowden R.G., Counted V., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Adapting to Place Attachment Disruption During a Pandemic: From Resource Loss to Resilience. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 71-80. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_6
  • Cowden R.G., Counted V., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Place Attachment and Suffering During a Pandemic. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 45-54. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_4
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Place Attachment and Resource Loss During a Pandemic: An Ecological Systems Perspective. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 33-44. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_3
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Place Attachment During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Scoping Review. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 15-32. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_2
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Place Attachment During a Pandemic: An Introduction. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 1-11. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_1
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Pro-environmental Behavior, Place Attachment, and Human Flourishing: Implications for Post-pandemic Research, Theory, Practice, and Policy. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 93-108. Springer https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_8
  • Counted, V., Cowden, R., Ramkinsoon, H. (2021, forthcoming). Place Attachment and Post-Pandemic Recovery: Disruption, Adjustment, and Healthy Pro-Environmental Behaviors. Springer.
  • Counted, V., Neff, M.A., Captari, L., & Cowden, R.G. (2021). Transcending place attachment disruptions during a public health crisis: Spiritual struggles, resilience, and transformation. Journal of Psychology and Christianity 39(4), 276-286 [Download PDF]
  • Counted, V. & Fraser Watts, eds. The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. Palgrave MacMillan[Purchase Book]
  • Counted, V., Possamai, A., McAuliffe, C., & Meade, T. (2020). Attachment to Australia, Attachment to God, and Quality of Life Outcomes in African Christian Diaspora. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 22(1), 65-95 [PDF Download].
  • Counted, V. (2019). The Role of Spirituality in Promoting Sense of Place among Foreigners of African Background in the Netherlands. Ecopsychology 11(2), 101–109 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Zock, H.T. (2019). Place Spirituality: an attachment perspective. Archive for the Psychology of Religion 41(1), 12–25 [PDF].Counted, V. (2019). Sense of Place Attitudes and Quality of Life Outcomes among African Residents in a Multicultural Australian Society. Journal of Community Psychology 47(2), 338-355 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V., Moustafa, A.A., & Renzaho, A. (2019). Migration and socio-demographic factors associated with the sense of place attitudes of sub-Saharan Africans in northern and western Netherlands. Journal of Community Psychology  47(2), 238-253 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2019). Defining the psychology of religion and place: a concept analysis. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2019). The Psychology of Place Spirituality: A Cascade of Parallel Processes. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Fraser Watts. (2019). An Introduction to the Psychology of Religion and Place. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives, (pp.1-12). New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Meade, T. (2019). Why and How Environmental and Religious Attachments Matter for Health Promotion. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2019). Religion, Place, and Attachment: An Evaluation of Conceptual Frameworks. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives (pp.33-48). New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2018). The Circle of Place Spirituality: Toward a motivational systems theory in the psychology of religion. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 29, 149-178 [PDF]
  • Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2017). Place Attachment in the Bible: The role of attachment to sacred places in religious life. Journal of Psychology and Theology 45(3), 218-232  [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2016). Making Sense of Place Attachment: Towards a Holistic Understanding of People-place Relationships and Experiences. Environment, Space, & Place, 8(1), 7-32 [PDF]. 

Religion, Spirituality, and the Science of Attachment

  • Counted, Victor. Experiencing God in a foreign land: Theoretical and empirical explorations on the psychological links between religion and place among dispersed people. University of Groningen
  • Counted, V., Possamai, A., McAuliffe, C., & Meade, T. (2020). Attachment to Australia, Attachment to God, and Quality of Life Outcomes in African Christian Diaspora. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 22(1), 65-95 [PDF Download].
  • Counted, V. (2019). The Role of Spirituality in Promoting Sense of Place among Foreigners of African Background in the Netherlands. Ecopsychology 11(2), 101–109 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2019). A Space of Transition and Transaction: A rejoinder to selected commentaries on place spirituality. Archive for the Psychology of Religion 41(1), 43–52 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2020). Attachment Theory and the Study of Religion. In: Adam Possamai & Joseph Blasi (Eds.), SAGE Encyclopedia for the Sociology of Religion (pp.56-57). [Link]
  • Counted, V. & Zock, H.T. (2019). Place Spirituality: an attachment perspective. Archive for the Psychology of Religion 41(1), 12–25 [PDF].Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2019). Defining the psychology of religion and place: a concept analysis. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2019). The Psychology of Place Spirituality: A Cascade of Parallel Processes. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Fraser Watts. (2019). An Introduction to the Psychology of Religion and Place. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives, (pp.1-12). New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Meade, T. (2019). Why and How Environmental and Religious Attachments Matter for Health Promotion. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2019). Religion, Place, and Attachment: An Evaluation of Conceptual Frameworks. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives (pp.33-48). New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2018). Global avoidant attachment predicts indicators of caregiving faith in Australian-based African Christians in New South Wales. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 30(1), 55-74 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2018). The Circle of Place Spirituality: Toward a motivational systems theory in the psychology of religion. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 29, 149-178 [PDF]
  • Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2017). Place Attachment in the Bible: The role of attachment to sacred places in religious life. Journal of Psychology and Theology 45(3), 218-232 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2017). Attachment Theory and Religious Violence: Theorizing Adult Religious Psychopathology. Journal for the Study of Religion 30(1), 78-109 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2016). God as an Attachment Figure: A Case Study of the God Attachment Language and God Concepts of Anxiously Attached Christian Youths in South Africa. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 18(4), 316-346 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V. (2016). The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A Care-giving Faith? Journal of Youth and Theology 15 (2), 146 – 172 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2015). God Images and God Concepts: Towards a pastoral hermeneutic of the God attachment experience. Verbum et Ecclesia 36(1), a1389 [PDF].

Attachment-Related Health Outcomes 

  • Counted, V., Neff, M.A., Captari, L., & Cowden, R.G. (2021). Transcending place attachment disruptions during a public health crisis: Spiritual struggles, resilience, and transformation. Journal of Psychology and Christianity 39(4), 276-286 [Download PDF]
  • Counted, V. (2019). Sense of Place Attitudes and Quality of Life Outcomes among African Residents in a Multicultural Australian Society. Journal of Community Psychology 47(2), 338-355 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V., Possamai, A., McAuliffe, C., & Meade, T. (2020). Attachment to Australia, Attachment to God, and Quality of Life Outcomes in African Christian Diaspora. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 22(1), 65-95 [PDF].

Attachment and Migration

  • Counted, V. (2019). Attachment and quality of life in Australian religious African diasporas : a mixed methods study. Unpublished thesis. Sydney, Australia: Western Sydney University Counted, V. (2019). Sense of Place Attitudes and Quality of Life Outcomes among African Residents in a Multicultural Australian Society. Journal of Community Psychology 47(2), 338-355 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V., Possamai, A., McAuliffe, C., & Meade, T. (2020). Attachment to Australia, Attachment to God, and Quality of Life Outcomes in African Christian Diaspora. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 22(1), 65-95 [PDF].
  • Neff, M.A., Masilela, L., Cowden, R.G., & Counted, V. (2022). Religion, Migration, and the New African Diaspora: A Psychological Perspective. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion https://doi.org/10.1558/jasr.21032
  • Captari, L. E., Cowden, R. G., Sandage, S. J., Davis, E. B., Bechara, A. O., Joynt, S., & Counted, V. (in press). Religious/spiritual struggles and depression during COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns in the Global South: Evidence of moderation by positive religious coping and hope. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
  • El-Essawy, M.H.I., Solimana, A.M.A., Morris, A., Counted, V., Eissaa, A.M., Valikhanic, A., & Moustafa, A. A. (2021). Religious delusions in psychotic patients: Prevalence, possible origin, and effects. In: Moustafa, A.A. (ed.), Cognitive and Behavioral Dysfunction in Schizophrenia (pp. 87-113). Academic Press https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-820005-6.00001-3  
  • Possamai, A., Long, G., & Counted, V. (2021). An Analysis of Australian Research Council’s Grants in Religion. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 34 (1), 74-95 https://doi.org/10.1558/jasr.20133
  • Counted, V. & Fraser Watts, eds. The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. Palgrave MacMillan[Purchase Book]
  • Counted, V.. Experiencing God in a foreign land: Theoretical and empirical explorations on the psychological links between religion and place among dispersed people. University of Groningen [Download Book]
  • Counted, V., Neff, M.A., Captari, L., & Cowden, R.G. (2021). Transcending place attachment disruptions during a public health crisis: Spiritual struggles, resilience, and transformation. Journal of Psychology and Christianity 39(4), 276-286 [Download PDF]
  • Counted, V., Pargament, K.I., Bachera, A.O., Joynt, S., & Cowden, R.G. (in press). Hope and Well-being in Vulnerable Contexts During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Does religious coping matter? The Journal of Positive Psychology [Download PDF] https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2020.1832247
  • Possamai, A., Jinks, T., & Counted, V. (2020). Conventional and unconventional forms of religiosity: identifying predictive factors and wellbeing outcomes. Journal for the Study of Spirituality 10(2), 155-170 [PDF Download]
  • Counted, V. & Possamai, A. (2020). Confidence in the Australian Society, Belief in Demons, and Practice of Exorcism: The mediating and moderating role of spirituality. In: A. Possamai & G. Giordan (eds.), The Social Scientific Study of Exorcism in Christianity, (pp 217-236). New York: Springer [PDF Download]
  • Counted, V., Possamai, A., McAuliffe, C., & Meade, T. (2020). Attachment to Australia, Attachment to God, and Quality of Life Outcomes in African Christian Diaspora. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 22(1), 65-95 [PDF Download].
  • Counted, V. (2020). Attachment Theory and the Study of Religion. In: Adam Possamai & Joseph Blasi (Eds.), SAGE Encyclopedia for the Sociology of Religion (pp.56-57). [Link]
  • Counted, V. (2019). The Role of Spirituality in Promoting Sense of Place among Foreigners of African Background in the Netherlands. Ecopsychology 11(2), 101–109 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2019). A Space of Transition and Transaction: A rejoinder to selected commentaries on place spirituality. Archive for the Psychology of Religion 41(1), 43–52 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Zock, H.T. (2019). Place Spirituality: an attachment perspective. Archive for the Psychology of Religion 41(1), 12–25 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V. (2019). Domains of Religious Coping Behaviour among African Christians in New South Wales, Australia: An exploratory qualitative study. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 21(3), 215-236 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2019). Defining the psychology of religion and place: a concept analysis. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2019). The Psychology of Place Spirituality: A Cascade of Parallel Processes. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Fraser Watts. (2019). An Introduction to the Psychology of Religion and Place. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives, (pp.1-12). New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Meade, T. (2019). Why and How Environmental and Religious Attachments Matter for Health Promotion. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2019). Religion, Place, and Attachment: An Evaluation of Conceptual Frameworks. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives (pp.33-48). New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2018). Global avoidant attachment predicts indicators of caregiving faith in Australian-based African Christians in New South Wales. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 30(1), 55-74 [PDF].
  • Counted, V., Possamai, A., & Meade, T. (2018). Relational Spirituality and Quality of Life 2007 to 2017: An integrative research review.  Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 16:75 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2018). The Circle of Place Spirituality: Toward a motivational systems theory in the psychology of religion. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 29, 149-178 [PDF]
  • Counted, V. & Miller, J.R. (2018). Pastoral Juxtaposition in Spiritual Care: Toward a caregiving faith theology in an evangelical Christian context. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 74(2), a4630 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2017). Place Attachment in the Bible: The role of attachment to sacred places in religious life. Journal of Psychology and Theology 45(3), 218-232 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2017). Attachment Theory and Religious Violence: Theorizing Adult Religious Psychopathology. Journal for the Study of Religion 30(1), 78-109 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Moustafa, A.A. (2017). Between God and Self: Exploring the attachment to God and authenticity/inauthenticity tendencies of South African Christian youths. Mental Health, Religion & Culture 20(2), 109-127 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V. (2016). The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A Care-giving Faith? Journal of Youth and Theology 15 (2), 146 – 172 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2016). Missionising Youth Identity Crisis: Towards a missional hermeneutic of care in youth ministry practice. Missionalia: Southern African Journal of Missiology, 41(1), 82-102 [PDF].  
  • Counted, V. (2015). God Images and God Concepts: Towards a pastoral hermeneutic of the God attachment experience. Verbum et Ecclesia 36(1), a1389 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2015). African Women, Religion, and Health: Essays in Honour of Mercy Amba Ewudziwa Oduyoye. Journal of Religion and Health 54(6), 350–354 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2016). God as an Attachment Figure: A Case Study of the God Attachment Language and God Concepts of Anxiously Attached Christian Youths in South Africa. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 18(4), 316-346 [PDF]. 
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021) Protest, Despair, and Detachment: Reparative Responses to Place Attachment Disruptions During a Pandemic. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 55-67.  Springer https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_5
  • Cowden R.G., Counted V., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Transcending Place Attachment Disruption: Strengthening Character During a Pandemic. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 81-92.  Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_7
  • Cowden R.G., Counted V., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Adapting to Place Attachment Disruption During a Pandemic: From Resource Loss to Resilience. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 71-80. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_6
  • Cowden R.G., Counted V., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Place Attachment and Suffering During a Pandemic. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 45-54. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_4
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Place Attachment and Resource Loss During a Pandemic: An Ecological Systems Perspective. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 33-44. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_3
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Place Attachment During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Scoping Review. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 15-32. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_2
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Place Attachment During a Pandemic: An Introduction. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 1-11. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_1
  • Counted V., Cowden R.G., Ramkissoon H. (2021). Pro-environmental Behavior, Place Attachment, and Human Flourishing: Implications for Post-pandemic Research, Theory, Practice, and Policy. In: Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing, pp 93-108. Springer https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-82580-5_8
  • Counted, V, Haywantee Ramkinsoon, & Richard G. Cowden. (forthcoming, 2021). Place Attachment and Post-Pandemic Recovery: Disruption, Adjustment, and Healthy Pro-Environmental Behaviors. Springer International 
  • Counted, V. (forthcoming, 2021). The Roots of Radicalization: Disrupted Attachment Systems and Displacement. Lexington Books 
  • Counted, V., Neff, M.A., Captari, L., & Cowden, R.G. (2021). Transcending place attachment disruptions during a public health crisis: Spiritual struggles, resilience, and transformation. Journal of Psychology and Christianity 39(4), 276-286 [Download PDF]
  • Counted, V., Possamai, A., McAuliffe, C., & Meade, T. (2020). Attachment to Australia, Attachment to God, and Quality of Life Outcomes in African Christian Diaspora. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 22(1), 65-95 [PDF Download].
  • Counted, V. (2019). The Role of Spirituality in Promoting Sense of Place among Foreigners of African Background in the Netherlands. Ecopsychology 11(2), 101–109 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2019). A Space of Transition and Transaction: A rejoinder to selected commentaries on place spirituality. Archive for the Psychology of Religion 41(1), 43–52 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Zock, H.T. (2019). Place Spirituality: an attachment perspective. Archive for the Psychology of Religion 41(1), 12–25 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V. (2019). Sense of Place Attitudes and Quality of Life Outcomes among African Residents in a Multicultural Australian Society. Journal of Community Psychology 47(2), 338-355 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V., Moustafa, A.A., & Renzaho, A. (2019). Migration and socio-demographic factors associated with the sense of place attitudes of sub-Saharan Africans in northern and western Netherlands. Journal of Community Psychology  47(2), 238-253 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2019). Defining the psychology of religion and place: a concept analysis. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2019). The Psychology of Place Spirituality: A Cascade of Parallel Processes. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Fraser Watts. (2019). An Introduction to the Psychology of Religion and Place. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives, (pp.1-12). New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Meade, T. (2019). Why and How Environmental and Religious Attachments Matter for Health Promotion. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives. New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2019). Religion, Place, and Attachment: An Evaluation of Conceptual Frameworks. In: V. Counted & F. Watts (eds.), The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives (pp.33-48). New York: Palgrave MacMillan [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2018). The Circle of Place Spirituality: Toward a motivational systems theory in the psychology of religion. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 29, 149-178 [PDF]
  • Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2017). Place Attachment in the Bible: The role of attachment to sacred places in religious life. Journal of Psychology and Theology 45(3), 218-232 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2016). Making Sense of Place Attachment: Towards a Holistic Understanding of People-place Relationships and Experiences. Environment, Space, & Place, 8(1), 7-32 [PDF]. 
  • Neff, M.A., Masilela, L., Cowden, R.G., & Counted, V. (2022). Religion, Migration, and the New African Diaspora: A Psychological Perspective. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion https://doi.org/10.1558/jasr.21032
  • Counted, V. & Abraham, I. (2022). Introduction to the Special Issue on Religion, Spirituality, and the New African Diaspora. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion https://doi.org/10.1558/jasr.21071
  • Renzaho, A., Mansouri, F., Counted, V., & Polonsky, M. (2021). The influence region of origin, area of residence prior to migration, religion, and perceived discrimination on acculturation strategies among sub-Saharan African migrants in Australia. Journal of International Migration and Integration  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12134-021-00829-x 
  • Counted, V., Possamai, A., McAuliffe, C., & Meade, T. (2020). Attachment to Australia, Attachment to God, and Quality of Life Outcomes in African Christian Diaspora. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 22(1), 65-95 [PDF Download].
  • Counted, V. (2019). African Christian Diaspora Religion and/or spirituality: A concept analysis and re-interpretation. Critical Research in Religion  7(1), 58-79 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V. (2019). African Christian Diaspora Religion and/or spirituality: A concept analysis and re-interpretation. Critical Research in Religion  7(1), 58-79 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V. (2019). The Role of Spirituality in Promoting Sense of Place among Foreigners of African Background in the Netherlands. Ecopsychology 11(2), 101–109 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2019). Sense of Place Attitudes and Quality of Life Outcomes among African Residents in a Multicultural Australian Society. Journal of Community Psychology 47(2), 338-355 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V., Moustafa, A.A., & Renzaho, A. (2019). Migration and socio-demographic factors associated with the sense of place attitudes of sub-Saharan Africans in northern and western Netherlands. Journal of Community Psychology  47(2), 238-253 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V. (2019). Domains of Religious Coping Behaviour among African Christians in New South Wales, Australia: An exploratory qualitative study. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 21(3), 215-236 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2018). Global avoidant attachment predicts indicators of caregiving faith in Australian-based African Christians in New South Wales. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 30(1), 55-74 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2017). Place Attachment in the Bible: The role of attachment to sacred places in religious life. Journal of Psychology and Theology 45(3), 218-232 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2021). The Roots of Radicalization: Disrupted Attachment Systems and Displacement. Lexington Books 
  • Counted, V. (2017). Attachment Theory and Religious Violence: Theorizing Adult Religious Psychopathology. Journal for the Study of Religion 30(1), 78-109 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Miller, J.R. (2018). Pastoral Juxtaposition in Spiritual Care: Toward a caregiving faith theology in an evangelical Christian context. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 74(2), a4630 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. & Watts, F. (2017). Place Attachment in the Bible: The role of attachment to sacred places in religious life. Journal of Psychology and Theology 45(3), 218-232 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2016). The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A Care-giving Faith? Journal of Youth and Theology 15 (2), 146 – 172 [PDF].
  • Counted, V. (2016). Missionising Youth Identity Crisis: Towards a missional hermeneutic of care in youth ministry practice. Missionalia: Southern African Journal of Missiology, 41(1), 82-102 [PDF]. 
  • Counted, V. (2015). God Images and God Concepts: Towards a pastoral hermeneutic of the God attachment experience. Verbum et Ecclesia 36(1), a1389 [PDF].
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