Chatham University

Chatham University Marathon Research Study

Our Study:
Marathon runners are often asked the question, “Why?” At some time or another (especially during a grueling training run), every runner has probably asked themselves the very same question! The answers are probably as varied as runners themselves are, ranging from the health benefits of exercise to the satisfaction that comes from crossing the finish line.

We are conducting a research study in which we hope to explore some of the effects that marathon training and participation have on people. In addition to the physical effects of training, i.e., increased endurance and cardiovascular benefits, we believe that there are psychological benefits to marathon training as well. We would like your help by asking you to participate in our study.

Participating in our study is easy. If you agree to participate, you will be asked to fill out a survey once per month over the next six months. Filling out the survey takes only about 10-15 minutes. We are interested in how your answers change (or don’t) over the course of your training for the 2010 Pittsburgh Marathon.


Who We Are:

Dr. Mary Jo Loughran is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Chatham University, where she teaches in the Counseling Psychology Department and conducts research in sport and exercise.

Dr. Deanna Hamilton is also an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Chatham University, where she teaches in the Counseling Psychology Department and conducts research in positive psychology.

Dr. Patricia Downey is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Chatham University. Her research interests are women’s health and orthopedic physical therapy.