Research

Meg studies diversity and inclusiveness, ally attitudes and behaviors, empowering coworker relationships, and other-oriented virtues. She frequently publishes on the science of positive psychology.


Research Projects

Meg is a Research Associate at the Positive Organizational Psychology Research Lab, and Research Associate and Project Manager at the Gender, Culture, and Empowerment – Transnational Approaches Think Tank at Claremont Graduate University.

  • The Positive Organizational Psychology Research lab is dedicated to advancing scientific theory and empirical research in positive organizational psychology. Our purpose is to contribute to the scientific understanding of optimal functioning of employees, organizations, institutions, and communities. One of our current projects is examining positive psychology approaches to invigorating gender research in management. For more information visit the CGU POP Research Lab.
  • Gender, Culture and Empowerment Think Tank: The purpose of this think tank is to bring together scholars and experts from across various disciplines such as psychology, religion, public policy, media studies, cultural studies, and public health to address large scale social issues. Currently, a major project, funded by Norwegian Church Aid is focused on reducing gender-based violence in war-torn regions of Africa.

Publications

* Previously published as Rao

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Warren, M. T. & Warren, M. A. (accepted). Measuring high-quality work relationships: A test of model and gender invariance. Journal of Personnel Psychology.

Hendriks, T., Warren, M. A., Schotanus-Dijkstra, M., de Jong, J., & Bolmeijer, E. (2018). How WEIRD* are positive psychology interventions? A bibliometric analysis of randomized controlled trials on the science of well-being. Journal of Positive Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2018.1484941

*WEIRD is acronym for studies based on Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic populations

Kim, H., Doiron, K. M., Warren, M. A., & Donaldson, S. I. [Stewart] (2018). The international landscape of positive psychology research: A systematic review. International Journal of Wellbeing, 8(1), 50-70. doi:10.5502/ijw.v8il.651

Schuilenberg, S., Warren, M. A., Crookes, A., Al Serkal, A., Donaldson, S. I. [Scott], & McBride, D. (2016). Professional psychology associations in the GCC: Positive institutions whose time has come. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 2(1), 61-78.

Rao, M. A., & Donaldson, S. I. [Stewart] (2015). Expanding opportunities for diversity in positive psychology: An examination of gender, race, and ethnicity. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne, 56(3), 271-282. doi:10.1037/cap0000036

Rao, M. A., Donaldson, S. I. [Stewart], & Doiron, K. M. (2015). Positive psychology research in the Middle East and North Africa. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 1(1), 60-76.

Donaldson, S. I. [Stewart], Dollwet, M. & Rao, M. A. (2015). Happiness, excellence, and optimal functioning revisited: Examining the peer-reviewed literature linked to positive psychology. Journal of Positive Psychology, 10 (3), 185-195.

Rao, M. A. (2014). Cultivating openness to change in multicultural organizations: Assessing the value of appreciative discourse. Organization Development Journal, 32 (3), 75-88.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Warren, M. A., Donaldson, S. I. [Scott], & Lee, J. Y. (2018). Applying positive psychology to advance relationship science. In M. A. Warren & S. I. Donaldson [Stewart] (Eds.), Toward a positive psychology of relationships: New directions in theory and research. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Warren, M. A., Donaldson, S. I. [Stewart], & Luthans, F. (2017). Taking positive psychology to the workplace: Positive organizational psychology, positive organizational behavior, and positive organizational scholarship. In M. A. Warren & S. I. Donaldson [Stewart] (Eds.), Scientific advances in positive psychology. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Warren, M. A., Donaldson, S. I. [Stewart], & Donaldson. S. I. [Scott] (2017). Evaluating scientific progress in positive psychology. In M. A. Warren & S. I. Donaldson [Stewart] (Eds.), Scientific advances in positive psychology. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Wilder, N., Rao, M. A. & Donaldson, S.I. [Stewart] (2016). Positive psychology’s contributions and prospects for engaging differences at work. In Laura Morgan Roberts, Lynn Wooten, and Martin Davidson (Eds.) Positive organizing in a global society: Understanding and engaging differences for capacity-building and inclusion (pp. 17 – 23). New York: Taylor and Francis.

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