My research examines the psychological aspects of religious and place experiences in migration, youth, and health contexts.



Articles and Chapters

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  • Counted, V. & F. Watts. (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 (Download PDF)
  • Counted, V. & Zock, H. (2019). Place Spirituality: an attachment perspective. Archive for the Psychology of Religion 41(1):12–25 (Download PDF)
  • Counted, V. (2019). The Role of Spirituality in Promoting Sense of Place among Foreigners of African Background in the Netherlands. Ecopsychology. DOI: 
  • Counted, V. (2019). African Christian Diaspora Religion and/or Spirituality: A concept analysis and re-interpretation. Critical Research on Religion 7(1): 58–79 (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 (Download PDF)
  • Counted, V., Moustafa, A., & Renzaho, A. (2019). Migration and Sociodemographic Factors Associated with Sense of Place Attitudes Among Migrants of African Background in Northern and Western Netherlands. Journal of Community Psychology 47(2): 238-253 (Download PDF)


  • Counted, V. (2018). Global Insecure Attachment Predicts Indicators of Caregiving Faith Development among Australian-based African Pentecostals in New South WalesJournal for the Academic Study of Religion 30(1): 55-74. (Download PDF)
  • Counted, V., Possamai, A., McAuliffe, C., Meade, T. (2018). Attachment to Australia, Attachment to God, and Quality of Life Outcomes among the African Christian Diaspora in New South Wales: A Cross-sectional Study. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health (Download PDF)
  • Counted, V. (2018). The Circle of Place Spirituality (CoPS): Towards an attachment and exploration motivational systems approach in the psychology of religion. In A. Village & R.W. Hood, Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion vol. 29, (pp. 149-178). Leiden: Brill (Link to Download PDF)
  • Counted, V. (2018). Domains of Religious Coping Behaviour among African Christians in NSW Australia: An Exploratory Qualitative Study. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health (Download PDF)
  • Counted, V. and 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. (Download 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. (Download PDF)


  • Counted, V. and 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. (Download PDF)
  • Counted, V. (2017). Attachment Theory and Religious Violence: Theorizing adult religious psychopathology. Journal for the Study of Religion 30(1): 78-109. (Download PDF)
  • Counted, V. and Moustafa, A.A. (2017). Between God and Self: Exploring the attachment to God and authenticity/inauthenticity tendencies of South African Christian youthsMental Health, Religion & Culture 20(2): 109-127. (Download PDF)


  • Counted, V. (2016). The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A Care-giving Faith? Journal of Youth and Theology, 15(2): 146 – 172. (Download PDF)
  • Counted, V. (2016). Making Sense of Place Attachment: Towards a Holistic Understanding of People-place Relationships and Experiences. In T.R.E. Paddock & C.P. Heidkamp (Eds), Environment, Space, Place, 8(1): 7-32. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press (Download PDF)
  • Counted, V. (2016). Missionising Youth Identity Crisis: Towards a Missional Hermeneutic of Care in Youth Ministry Practice. Missionalia 44(1): 85–102. (Download PDF) 
  • Counted, V. (2016). Being Authentic is the New Image: A Qualitative Study on the Authenticity Constructions and Self-images of Christian Millennials in Africa. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 19(3): 268–294. (Download 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, Vol 18(4): 316-346. (Download PDF)
  • Counted, A.V. & J.O. Arawole (2016). “We Are Connected, But Constrained”: Internet Inequality and the Challenges of Millennials in Africa as Actors in Innovation. Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vol 5 (3). (Download PDF)


  • Counted, A.V. (2015). Understanding God images and God concepts: Towards a pastoral hermeneutics of the God attachment experience. Verbum et Ecclesia, 36(1), Art. #1389, 14. (Download PDF)
  • Counted, A.V. (2015). African Women, Religion, and Health: Essays in Honor of Mercy Amba Ewudziwa Oduyoye. Journal of Religion and Health, 55(1): 350–354(Download PDF)