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Research - Cougar Home Safety Assessment

These home environmental safety assessment instruments were developed and field-tested by Misericordia University occupational therapy graduate students in partial fulfillment of their research project requirements. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the above documents.

  1. Version 1.0 was developed by Natalie Bryan, Kristen Coolbaugh, and Christin Rhodes. A report of their study was published in the June 2006 issue of the Californian Journal of Health Promotion and can be found at
  2. Version 2.0, an adaptation of the original assessment, was developed by Alison Baker, Dana Koval, Chris Lishok, and Emily Stine. Their research will be published in an upcoming issue of the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal.
  3. Version 3.0 reflects the latest changes in the instrument. It was developed by Nicole Cardillo, Silvana Chin, Erica Derrick, and Kelda Zepherin. Their report is currently being considered for potential publication in a peer reviewed journal.
  4. Version 4.0 incorporates assessment suggestions obtained through a Delphi survey from a panel of occupational therapy experts. This updated version includes a disaster preparedness section, and was created by Holly Civiitella and Vanessa Perez Migliosi. Keith Ewonishon has conducted content validity testing of this instrument. Erin Bradley, Diane Costulas, Laura Kintner, Jodi Kozlevcar, Karla Mahonski, Keira McMenamin, Amanda Rompilla, and Jillian Woods are currently field testing the instrument to determine if it will move residents to make positive environmental safety changes in their homes.


    Permission is granted for occupational therapists to use these assessments for clinical or research purposes. If you choose to download these documents, we ask that you please notify Grace Fisher, Ed.D., OTR/L, Assistant Professor at her E-Mail Address (click here) of your intent in this regard.