Associate Professor
joy.waite-cusic [at]

Office: 541-737-6825

Wiegand Hall

Wiegand Hall 9B

3051 SW Campus Way

3051 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

Joy’s integrated food safety systems program combines research, teaching, and outreach to assist food production and processing industries (and consumers) in improving food safety to minimize foodborne illness.  Joy’s research program covers four thematic areas: (1) pre-harvest food safety, (2) process validation, (3) prevalence of pathogens in food systems, and (4) microbiological quality indicators and spoilage.  A list of formal publications can be found here.  More information on specific projects, including ongoing projects, can be found on the Research Projects page


Professional Accomplishments


B.S. 2002 - Oregon State University, Food Science & Technology
M.S. 2004 - Oregon State University, Microbiology
Ph.D. 2007 - The Ohio State University, Food Science & Technology

My Awards

My Publications

Outreach and Extension

Extension Service Site Publications

My Media

onion bulbs

Research funded by the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) is hoping to identify production practices that may contribute to Salmonella contamination of bulb onions and steps growers can take to reduce food safety risks.

Map of the United States

Sometimes you just need to know how to find the right person to help you. Whether just starting out, expanding your production, or refining established programs, a simple ...

WRCEFS member Joy Waite-Cusic recently spoke with Capital Press about her new app that monitors on-farm water quality in Oregon. This app was created by Oregon State, Portland State, and Willamette University students Joy mentored through the...