Victor Udoka Counted

Victor Counted is a social psychologist and practical theologian dedicated to the scholarly study of the psychology of religion/spirituality and adult attachment theory in the contemporary context of multicultural and multi-faith societies. He teaches at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University, Australia, and is Research Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Applied Psychology and Religion. Victor is known for his scholarly work on the role of relational spirituality and people-place relationships in mental health, youth, and migration contexts. His current research generally examines religion, place, and health—as well as the intersection of the three themes, from perspectives of psychology, theology, and geography. Victor is also interested in the concept of “Terrorist Ideation” in his quest to understand the processes leading to one becoming a terrorist or radicalized while observing the links between terrorism/religious conflict and attachment-related psychopathology. Victor has published several peer-reviewed articles and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for a number of international journals. 

Outside of the academia, Victor is committed to three other key areas and life projects: ministry, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. Committed to building and strengthening communities, Victor hopes to provide answers to difficult questions and create an aura that inspires generations through his life work. Victor Counted is the author of two books and currently working on a series of new monographs including Finding God Without Losing Yourself: Resolving the Conflict with God and Self; Religion and Place: Psychological Perspectives (edited volume for Palgrave Macmillan with Fraser Watts); African Diaspora Religion in Psychodynamic Perspective: Theory, Research, and Health Implications.

Alma Maters

Western Sydney University, Australia

University of Groningen, Netherlands

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

West Africa Theological Seminary, Nigeria


Cambridge Institute for Applied Psychology and Religion

Research Associate

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion


School of Social Science and Psychology, Western Sydney University

Casual Academic Staff

International Association of People-Environment Studies


International Place Attachment Network


International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry


International Association for the Psychology of Religion

The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific



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