Meg's award-winning research has been published in numerous journals. She frequently publishes on positive psychological approaches to diversity, equity and inclusiveness, cultural factors affecting the well-being of marginalized groups, and on the science and practice of positive psychology.

Current Research

As instances of sexual assault, racially-motivated aggression, and LGBTQA+ discrimination are increasingly coming to light, many well-intentioned leaders and employees from dominant groups (e.g., cisgender men, Caucasians, heterosexual individuals) are becoming increasingly interested in standing up as allies to their marginalized group co-workers. Her current research explores how prosocial individuals from dominant groups can play active roles as allies, and how dominant group members can be engaged as potential resources and committed partners for equity and inclusion. In projects with students and collaborators she is exploring value motivations of allies, goal motivations of allies, egalitarianism in the age of Gen Zs, effectiveness of allyship strategies and interventions, bystander perceptions of allies, and organizational/institutional contexts conducive to authentic allyship.

In another stream of research, she examines cultural factors affecting well-being at individual, organizational and societal levels. Her current projects are exploring a range of issues including positive approaches to combating gender-based violence in Congo, well-being and women's empowerment in Fiji, and allyship across social class in Dubai and China.

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* Previously published as Rao

Warren, M. A., Donaldson, S. I., Lee, J. Y., & Donaldson, S. I. (2019). Reinvigorating gender research in management using a positive work and organizations perspective. International Journal of Management Reviews, 21, 498- 518. doi:10.1111/ijmr.12206

*Best early career paper presentation award 2019 from the International Positive Psychology Association at the World Congress on Positive Psychology, 2019, Melbourne, Australia

*Dennis R. Murphy Faculty Research Award for outstanding contributions in published research, Western Washington University 2019

Warren, M. T., & Warren, M. A. (2019). Measuring high-quality work relationships: A test of model and gender invariance. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 18, 46–52.

Hendriks, T., Warren, M. A., Schotanus-Dijkstra, M., de Jong, J., & Bolmeijer, E. (2019). How WEIRD* are positive psychology interventions? A bibliometric analysis of randomized controlled trials on the science of well-being. Journal of Positive Psychology, 14 (4), 489-501. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2018.1484941

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

Lambert, L., Topolskaya, E., Warren, M. A., & Habib, M. A. (2019). Positivity at work: It's no longer a contradiction! In L. Lambert & N. Pasha-Zaidi (Eds.), Positive psychology in the Middle East/North Africa: Research, Policy, and Practise (pp. 133-156). UAE: Springer.

Lambert, L., Mulay-Shah, A., Warren, M. A., & Younis, Y. (2019). The pursuit of national wellbeing policies across the GCC: The what, how, and why? In L. Lambert & N. Pasha-Zaidi (Eds.), Positive Psychology in the Middle East/North Africa: Research, Policy, and Practise (pp. 11-35). UAE: Springer.

Lambert, L., & Warren, M. A. (2019). Perspectives: Be brave, make a real impact: Why the MEJPP should be one of your top publishing choices. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 5(1), 31-41.

Samways, M. Teasel, S. Waldrop, R. J., Chiao, E-L. & Warren, M. A. (2019). Short reports: Positive education in Dubai: A pilot study of teacher experiences. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 5(1), 97-104.

Kim, H., Doiron, K. M., Warren, M. A., & Donaldson, S. I. (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

*This paper was awarded 3rd place by American Psychological Association’s International Psychology Division (Division 52) at the Western Psychological Association Convention, 2016

Ackerman, C., Warren, M. A., & Donaldson, S. I. (2018). Scaling the heights of positive psychology: A systematic review of measurement scales. International Journal of Wellbeing, 8(2), 1-21. doi:10.5502/ijw.v8i2.734

Warren, M. A., Donaldson, S. I., & Lee, J. Y. (2018). Applying positive psychology to advance relationship science. In M. A. Warren & S. I. Donaldson (Eds.), Toward a positive psychology of relationships: New directions in theory and research (pp.9-33). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Warren, M. A., Donaldson, S. I., & 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 (Eds.), Scientific advances in positive psychology (pp.195-227). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Warren, M. A., Donaldson, S. I., & Donaldson. S. I. (2017). Evaluating scientific progress in positive psychology. In M. A. Warren & S. I. Donaldson (Eds.), Scientific advances in positive psychology (pp. 1-9). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Schuilenberg, S., Warren, M. A., Crookes, A., Al Serkal, A., Donaldson, S. I., & 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.

Wilder, N., Rao, M. A. & Donaldson, S.I. (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.

Rao, M. A., & Donaldson, S. I. (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., & 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., 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.