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Research Fellow, Western Sydney University

Dr Victor Counted is a researcher, author, speaker, behavioral, social, and health scientist. He is an interdisciplinary researcher whose research fuses psychology, religion, and health. He writes and speaks on various aspects of psychosocial and psychospiritual processes and human-environment interactions that shape health, quality of life, and human connection. Dr Counted has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Western Sydney University (Australia) and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Groningen (Netherlands). He is the author of two books and published over 35 journal articles and book chapters on psychology, religion, and health. He regularly writes and speaks on adult attachment, migrant quality of life, mental health, sense of place, radicalization, psychological well-being, religion/spirituality, and human flourishing. His two new books "The Roots of Radicalization: Disrupted Attachment Systems and Displacement" (Rowman & Littlefield) and "Place Attachment and Post-Pandemic Recovery: Displacement, Coping, and Healthy Behaviors" (Springer) are set for release in 2021. Dr Counted is committed to transforming people and organizations through research, teaching, and educational leadership.


  • 2020–present
    Fellow, School of Psychology, Western Sydney University
  • 2019–present
    Head of Research and Program Development, Counted Solutions Australia
  • 2018–2020
    Honorary Fellow, School of Social Sciences & Psychology, Western Sydney University
  • 2015–2018
    Research Fellow, Stellenbosch University


  • 2019 
    Western Sydney University, Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
  • 2018 
    University of Groningen, Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies

Research Areas

  • Religion And Society (220405)
  • Religion And Religious Studies (2204)
  • Urban Sociology And Community Studies (160810)
  • Physical Geography And Environmental Geoscience Not Elsewhere Classified (040699)
  • Environmental Sociology (160802)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified (170199)
  • Psychology (1701)
  • Social And Community Psychology (170113)
  • Psychology Of Religion (170111)