Michael Warren

Michael Warren
Childhood Well-being Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Michael Warren is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP).  He earned his Ph.D. in Positive Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and he was a Postdoc and later a Research Scientist at the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at The University of Oklahoma. Michael works with the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI)—a population-based measure of 4th and 7th graders’ well-being and assets—to understand the internal and ecological factors that contribute to well-being from middle childhood through early adolescence. In addition, his research focuses on the role of dispositional mindfulness in value-consistent living, as well as understanding how mindfulness and virtues develop during adolescence. Informed by a neo-Aristotelian account of virtue, he also develops techniques that measure virtues as learned, context-sensitive dispositions informed by practical wisdom. Beyond his research activities, Michael teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in multivariate statistics, research methods, and developmental psychology at Western Washington University. 

Selected Publications

Wright, J. C., Warren, M. T., & Snow, N. E. (under review). Understanding Virtue: Theory and Measurement. Oxford University Press.

Warren, M. T.,Wray-Lake, L., & Shubert, J. (2019). Developmental changes in mindful awareness during adolescence. International Journal of Behavioral Development. doi:10.1177/0165025419885023

Warren, M. T., & Warren, M. A. (2019). Measuring high-quality work relationships: A test of model and gender invariance. Journal of Personnel Psychology18(1), 46–52. doi:10.1027/1866-5888/a000217

Warren, M. T., Wray-Lake, L., & Syvertsen, A. K. (2018). Becoming who they want to be: A cross-national examination of value-behavior concordance and mindfulness in adolescence. The Journal of Positive Psychology13(6), 605–616. doi:10.1080/17439760.2017.1350741

Warren, M. T., & Wray-Lake, L. (2017). Does mindfulness prepare adolescents for value-behavior concordance? Examining the role of value content. Journal of Adolescence58, 56-66. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2017.04.011

Warren, M. T., Wray-Lake, L., Rote, W. M., & Shubert, J. (2016). Thriving while engaging in risk? Examining trajectories of adaptive functioning, delinquency, and substance use in a nationally representative sample of U.S. adolescents. Developmental Psychology, 52(2), 296-310. doi:10.1037/a0039922

Finlay, A. K., Wray-Lake, L., Warren, M., & Maggs, J. (2015). Anticipating their future: Adolescent values for the future predict adult behaviors. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 39(4), 359-367. doi:10.1177/0165025414544231