Meg's award-winning research has been published in numerous journals and academic books. She frequently publishes on allyship, diversity, equity and inclusion, 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, 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, climate action in the Pacific Island Countries, and well-being in the United Arab Emirates. 

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Research on Allyship, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

*Findings from this research were translated for a broader audience in the Scientific American - 

*Deemed by the journal to be a critical contribution for social justice and voluntarily provided open access 

*David Merrifield Faculty Research Award (recognizes potential for improving people’s lives), Western Washington University 2022

*Findings from this research were translated for a broader business audience in the Harvard Business Review - 

*Findings from this research were translated for a broader audience in 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

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

*Republished by publisher in 2023 in Research anthology on modern violence and its impact on society, (1147-1163). IGI Global.

*Served as editor of a special issue on the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on marginalized communities

*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. 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  

Research on Cultural Factors Affecting Wellbeing 

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

Research on the Science of Positive Psychology 

*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.

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

*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