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 motivations of allies, egalitarianism in the age of Gen Zs, effectiveness of allyship interventions, bystander perceptions of allies, and organizational/institutional contexts conducive to 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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Lau, V., Scott V., Warren, M. A., & Bligh, M., (accepted). Moving from problems to solutions: A review of gender equality interventions at work using an ecological systems approach. Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Warren, M.A., Winkelman, K. M., & Waldrop, R. J. (2022). Emotion management by organizational leaders who confront prejudice: Exploring emotion and social regulation of allies. In Harper, D. (Ed.). Advancing Interpersonal Emotion Regulation and Social Regulation (pp. 150-176). IGI Global Publishers. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-2478-0.ch007

Warren, M. A., Sekhon, T., Winkelman, K. M., & Waldrop, R. J. (2022). Should I ‘check my emotions at the door’ or express how I feel? Role of emotion regulation versus expression of male leaders speaking out against sexism in the workplace. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Mendoza-Lepe, R., Warren, M. A., Crano, W. D., & Sam, A. A. (2022). Distancing from a stigmatized identity: Explaining hostility by marginalized racial groups toward new immigrants. In Popescu, C. (Ed.). Handbook of Research on SDGs for Economic Development, Social Development, and Environmental Protection (pp. 66-89). IGI Global.

Warren, M. A., Sekhon, T., & Waldrop, R. J. (2022). Highlighting strengths in response to discrimination: Developing and testing an allyship Positive Psychology Intervention. International Journal of Wellbeing. 12(1), 21-41.

Crookes, A. E. & Warren, M. A. (2022). Authorship and building psychological research in LMICs: A view from the Pacific Island Nation of Fiji. South African Journal of Psychology.

*LMICs is an acronym for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Crookes, A. E. & Warren, M. A. (2022). Building a global psychological science through research in the Pacific Island Nation of Fiji: A review of the literature. Discover Psychology, 2, 15.

Lambert, L., Draper, Z. A., Warren, M. A., Joshanloo, M., Chiao, E-L., Schwam, A. & Arora, T., (2022). Conceptions of happiness matter: The relationships between fear of and fragility of happiness and psychological and physical wellbeing. Journal of Happiness Studies, 23, 535-560. .

Lambert, L., Joshanloo, M., Marquez, J. M., Cody, B., Arora, T., Warren, M. A., Aguilar, L., Samways, M., & Teasel, S. (2022). Boosting student wellbeing despite a pandemic: Positive psychology interventions and the impact of sleep in the United Arab Emirates. International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology,

Warren, M. A. & Warren, M. T. (2021). The EThIC model of virtue-based allyship development: A new approach to equity and inclusion in organizations. Journal of Business Ethics. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-021-05002-z

Warren, M. A., Bordoloi, S. D., & Warren, M. T. (2021). Good for the goose and good for the gander: Examining positive psychological benefits of male allyship for men and women. Psychology of Men and Masculinities. DOI: 10.1037/men0000355

*Findings from this research were published in the popular media outlet The Conversation, which has since received coverage in over 175 news media outlets worldwide -

*Selected as outstanding paper by the Psychology of Men and Masculinities and featured as such by APA Division 51: Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities.

*Dennis R. Murphy Faculty Research Award, Western Washington University 2021

Warren, M. A. & Bordoloi, S. D. (2021). Going beyond good colleagues: Men's and women's perspectives on allyship behaviors toward women faculty in male-dominated disciplines in academia. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

*Findings from this research were published in the popular higher education media outlet Inside Higher Ed -

Warren, M. A., Donaldson, S. I., & Galport, N. C. (2021). Using the science of positive psychology in the formative evaluation of social justice interventions: A case example. Evaluation and Program Planning.

Waters, L. E., Cameron, K., Nelson-Coffey, K., Crone, D. L., Kern, P., Lomas, T., Oades, L., Owen, R., Pawelski, J. O., Rashid, T., Warren, M. A., White, M., Williams, P. (2021). Collective wellbeing and post traumatic growth during COVID-19: How positive psychology can help families, schools, workplaces, and marginalized communities. Journal of Positive Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2021.1940251

*Global leaders in positive psychology were brought together for an expert piece on contributions of positive psychology during the pandemic. Authorship was determined by alphabetical order of last name, except for the first author.

Lambert, L., Warren, M. A., Schwam, A., & Warren, M. T. (2021). Positive psychology interventions in the United Arab Emirates: Boosting wellbeing - and changing culture? Current Psychology.

Warren, M. A. & Bordoloi, S. D. (accepted). Institutional betrayal and the role of male allies in supporting women in higher education. In R. Martinez & M. J. Casper (Eds.), Who belongs? Institutional betrayal in higher education. University of Arizona Press.

Pasha-Zaidi, N., Warren, M. A., El Ashmawi, Y., & Kowai-Bell, N. (2021). Promoting allyship among South Asian and Arab Muslims toward Black and Latino/a Muslims in American Islamic centers. In Pasha-Zaidi, N. (Ed.), Toward a Positive Psychology of Islam and Muslims, pp. 307-331. Springer Publishers.

Torjesen, K. J., Warren, M. A., & Wamue-Ngare, G. (2021). Guidance for applied cross-national research in under-resourced countries: Lessons from a gender-based violence intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In K. C. McLean (Ed). Cultural methods in psychology: Describing and transforming cultures, pp. 324-355. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wamue-Ngare, G., Warren, M. A., & Torjesen, K. J. (2021). Combating gender-based violence and fostering women’s well-being: Religion as a tool for achieving sustainable development goals in Congo. In Popescu, C. R. (Ed.). Handbook of Research on Novel Practices and Current Successes in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 53-69). IGI Global Publishers.

Meyer, S. & Warren, M. A. (2021). Exploring the role of character strengths in the endorsement of gender equality and pro-environmental action in the UAE. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 7, 65-80.

Warren, M. A., & Schwam, A. (2021, November 17). So you think you are an ally? Effects of (in)congruence between men's and women's perceptions of allyship on women's inclusion and vitality. PsyArXiv Preprint. doi: 10.31234/

Lambert, L., Joshanloo, M., Warren, M. A., Christiani, K., Lomas, T., Cody, B., … Kruchlik, G. (2021, January 24). Promoting kindness through the positive theatrical arts: Assessing Kuwait’s Boomerang program. OSF Preprint.

Haider, S. M., Saleh, M. A. Q., Bawazir, A. A., Warren, M. A., Meyer, S., & Inocencio, S. (2021). Short reports: Exploring the role of optimism on psychosomatic disorders and life stressors among Yemeni medical students. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 7, 122-139.

Lambert, L., Warren, M. A., Sam, A., & Ghonaem, E. (2021). Perspectives: Positive psychology tackles “wicked problems.” Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 7, 19-29.

Lambert, L., Warren, M. A., Brulé, G., O’Brien, C., Murray, S., Mulay-Shah, A., Passmore, H-A., Zelenski, J. M., Asfour, M., & Alsubaiei, S. (2020). Perspectives: Using positive psychology and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to build a better world. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 6, 1-28.

Warren, M. A. & Bordoloi, S. D. [Special Issue] (2020). COVID-19, wellbeing and inequities. International Journal of Wellbeing

Warren, M. A. & Bordoloi, S. D. [Special Issue Editorial] (2020). When COVID-19 exacerbates inequities: The path forward for generating wellbeing. International Journal of Wellbeing, 10(3), 1-6. Doi:10.5502/ijw.v10i3.1357.

Lambert, L., & Warren, M. A. (2020). Editorial: The year to go beyond. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 6(1), i-iv.

Sekhon, T. S. & Warren, M. A. (August 2020). Highlighting Minority Identity Resources to Increase Well-Being of Marginalized Employees. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2020, No. 1, p. 17671). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.

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.

Warren, M. A. (2018). Exemplary allyship: Raising the bar for inclusiveness in the workplace. Unpublished dissertation.

*Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) 2020 S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award (for best dissertation)

*International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) Honorable Mention for Best Dissertation 2019

*Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Lee Hakel Graduate Student Scholarship

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 won the “IJW Best Article of the Year” Award of 2018 based on citations and readership

*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.