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Dr Victor Counted is an applied psychologist, social scientist, researcher, author, and entrepreneur. He is a research fellow in the School of Psychology at Western Sydney University and a fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion. His research addresses various aspects of psychosocial, psychospiritual, and environmental processes that shape health and promote human flourishing. As an interdisciplinary psychological scientist, Dr. Counted's application of attachment theory to place, religion, migration, radicalization, and quality of life has sparked renewed interests in social and behavioral sciences. Dr Counted has a PhD in Health Psychology from Western Sydney University and a second PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Groningen. He has over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and is the author of "The Roots of Radicalization: Disrupted Attachment Systems and Displacement" (Rowman & Littlefield), "Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing: Disruption, Adjustment, and Healthy Behaviors" (Springer), and "The Psychology of Religion and Place: Emerging Perspectives" (Palgrave Macmillan).


  • 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)