Research

Meg studies diversity and inclusiveness, ally attitudes and behaviors, empowering coworker relationships, and other-oriented virtues. She frequently publishes 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. My current research explores how well-intentioned 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. I explore questions such as what personal qualities motivate allies to authentically enact allyship, how leaders effectively enact allyship and support other employees to enact allyship, what are the dynamics of junior employees 'allying up' and 'allying sideways,' and what organizational/institutional contexts create environments conducive to authentic allyship. If you are interested in this research, to know more or to collaborate, please email me at meg.warren@wwu.edu

Publications

* Previously published as Rao

Warren, M. A., Donaldson, S. I., Lee, J. Y., & Donaldson, S. I. (accepted). Reinvigorating gender research in management using a positive work and organizations perspective. International Journal of Management Reviews.

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.

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. https://doi.org/10.1027/1866-5888/a000217

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

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. (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

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.

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