Meg Warren

Associate Professor


Meg Warren, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management, College of Business & Economics at Western Washington University. She is a positive organizational psychologist and earned her Ph.D. at the Claremont Colleges. She is a Founder of the Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA), the Founding President of the Work and Organizations Division of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), and past Director of the MS in Human Resource Management program at Claremont Graduate University.

Her research focuses on positive approaches to engaging workplace diversity, equity and inclusiveness. She 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 her current projects with students and collaborators she is exploring value motivations of allies, relational behaviors of allies, emotions of allies, effectiveness of allyship micro-interventions, sustainable male allyship strategies in academia, anti-racism allyship readiness of organizations, and 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 psychological predictors of support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals across US, UAE, Saudi Arabia, China, Fiji, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea, combating gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, well-being and women's empowerment in Fiji, and social class allyship in Dubai.

Her award-winning research has led to several publications including peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and presentations at numerous national and international conferences. Her research has been featured in various media outlets and she has presented her work at various organizations, including Fortune 500 companies. She is the lead editor of two books, Scientific Advances in Positive Psychology (2017), and Toward a Positive Psychology of Relationships: New Directions in Theory and Research (2018). She serves as a Co-Editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, on the editorial board of the Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, publications of the International Positive Psychology Association, and has served as a reviewer for numerous journals and conferences. To see her research with students, visit -

Dr. Warren teaches courses on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Organizations, and Organizational Behavior. Student reactions include "one of my most favorite classes in my 5 years in WWU!" "This course has been really eye-opening," "I feel like I grew as a student and as a person," "helped me find my voice and inspired me to be proud of my ethnicity," "very inspirational and moving," "So fun! I plan on working in diversity and inclusion now." 

Outside of work, her favorite things to do are swimming and hiking with her husband and two dogs. To access more information and resources, visit

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