Faculty Profile for Dr. Barbara A Hewitt
Biography and EducationBarbara Hewitt received her Ph.D. in Information Technology (IT) and her BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned a Master of Business Administration from Texas State University. After teaching in the Computer Information Systems Program at Texas A&M University -- San Antonio, she rejoined the Department of Health Information Management at Texas State University and teaches Health Information Security, Project Management, and Health Information Technology courses. Her diverse research focuses on security behavior of individuals and employees who may be using their home computer to work in a hybrid environment She also explores how security and privacy impact an individual's decision to use health information systems including telehealth and patient portals and healthy behaviors. Recently, she started examining how digitalization in the form of digital tools and digital maturation impacts the collaborative knowledge environment of supply chain workers in a hybrid environment. Her work can be found in Database, Information Systems Frontier, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, Communication of the American Information Systems, Perspectives in HIM, Healthcare, and Behavioral and Information Technology. She brings over 15 years of software development experience with her to the classroom. Dr. Hewitt supports students in competitions including in healthcare and several security competitions. She founded the San Antonio Women in Technology to support women considering a computing career.
Research InterestsMy areas of research are diverse. My main focus applies theories in adoption of computers and security to identify what motivates individuals to protect their home computer either for personal use or to work in a hybrid work environment. I explore how security and privacy impact an individual's decision to use healthcare systems including telehealth and patient portals. I have studied knowledge sharing, ethics, and healthy behaviors including using wearable devices, considering genetic testing, and those with diabetes. In a recent qualitative study, we examined how a collaboration between HIM and PT faculty allowed PT faculty to explore the use of health informatics in classes within a DPT program. In a new study, a colleague and I are examining how digitalization in the form of digital tools and digital maturity impacts the collaborative knowledge environment of supply chain workers in a hybrid environment.
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Gibbs, D., Gibbs, K., & Hewitt, B. (2023). Health information management and physiotherapy faculty collaboration to discover the use of health informatics hiding in plain sight in an entry-level DPT program. Health Information Management Journal (HIMJ). https://doi.org/10.1177/18333583231194750
- Deranek, K., & Hewitt, B. A. (2022). Knowledge Management Model Development and Validation using an ERP Simulation. Journal of Computer Information Systems. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1080/08874417.2022.2128936
- Hewitt, B. A., Deranek, K., McLeod, A. J., & Gudi, A. (2022). Exercise Motives Impact on Physical Activities Measured Using Wearable Devices. Health Promotion International, 37(3). https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daac071
- Hewitt, B. A., & White, G. (2021). Factors Impacting Security Incidents on Personal Computing Devices. Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, 33(4), 185–208. https://doi.org/10.4018/JOEUC.20210701.oa9
- Moqbel, M., Hewitt, B. A., Nah, F., & McLean, R. (2021). Sustaining patient portal continuous use: Cognitive dissonance effects of health professional encouragement and security concerns. Information Systems Frontier. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10796-021-10161-5
- Award / Honor Recipient: Million Women Mentor 2019 Educator Stand Up for STEM Award, Million Women Mentors -- Texas. December 6, 2019 - 2019
- Award / Honor Recipient: College of Health Professions Presidential Service Award, College of Heath Professions. 2022
- Award / Honor Nominee: College of Health Profession Presidential Scholarly/Creative Award Nominee, Texas State University President. 2022
- Award / Honor Nominee: Shortlist for Outstanding Contribution of the Year, The Women in IT Awards US Edition 2021. September 21, 2021
- Award / Honor Nominee: College of Health Profession Presidential Scholarly/Creative Award Nominee, Texas State University President. 2020
- Ekin, Tahir (Principal), Tesic, Jelena (Co-Principal), Qasem, Apan Muhammad (Co-Principal), Valles Molina, Damian (Co-Principal), Summers, Lucia (Co-Principal), Hewitt, Barbara A (Supporting), Liu, Xiangping (Supporting), Chang, Carolyn T (Supporting), Mendez, Francis A (Supporting), Irvin, Jennifer A (Supporting), Resendiz, Maria D (Supporting). Expanding AI Curriculum and Infrastructure at Texas State University to Advance Interdisciplinary Research and Grow a Diverse AI Workforce, National Science Foundation, Federal, $400000. (Submitted: June 2023, Funded: January 2024 - December 2025). Grant.
- Fulton, Lawrence V (Principal), Villagran, Melinda Morris (Co-Principal), , Bing Zhou (Co-Principal), Mendez, Francis A (Co-Principal), Ekin, Tahir (Co-Principal), Qasem, Apan Muhammad (Co-Principal), Konur, Dincer (Supporting), Alanis, Emmanuel (Supporting), Zihagh, Fereshteh (Supporting), Dong, Zhijie (Co-Principal), Shen, Xiaoxi (Supporting), De Nadai, Alessandro Stevens (Supporting), Zhu, Ye (Co-Principal), Hewitt, Barbara A (Co-Principal), Valles Molina, Damian (Supporting), White, Alexander (Supporting), Dolezel, Diane M (Supporting), Ioudina, Vera (Supporting), Islam, Tanzima Z (Supporting), Lee, Chul Ho (Supporting), Metsis, Vangelis (Supporting), Moradi, Masoud (Supporting), Gao, Ju (Supporting), Li-Jen, Lester (Supporting), Jones, Dustin (Supporting), Pham, Vung (Supporting), Holt, Melinda (Supporting), Kyung An, Min (Supporting), Islam, ABM (Supporting), Cho, Hyuk (Supporting), Liu, Quigzhoung (Supporting), Liang, Fan (Supporting), Topinka, Joseph Baar (Supporting). The Accelerating Credentials of Purpose and Value for the Texas Innovation Corridor (TIC) Consortium Grant, THECB, State, $1450000. (Submitted: November 2021, Funded: February 2022 - October 2022). Grant.
- Hewitt, Barbara (Principal), McLeod, Alexander (Co-Principal). Testing Technology Facilitation Theory: An Empirical Study, Texas State University, Institutional (Higher Ed), $13120. (Submitted: December 1, 2015, Funded: January 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017). Grant.
- Hewitt, Barbara (Principal). Software Upgrade for College of Health Professions Computer Lab, University Computer Advisory Committee, Institutional (Higher Ed), $10000. (Submitted: 1999, Funded: August 2000). Grant.
- Deranek, Kimberly (Principal), Hewitt, Barbara A (Co-Principal). Hybrid Workers: Relationship between Digitalization, the Transition to Hybrid Work, and Supply Chain Agility and Supply Chain Performance, The 2023 HCBE Societal Impact Seed Grant Award Program at Nova Southeastern University, Institutional (Higher Ed), $5000. (Submitted: January 12, 2023, Funded: May 2023 - Present). Grant.
Selected Service Activities
University Academic Computing Committee
September 1, 2023-Present
Sue E Biedermann Scholarship Review Committee
Coordinator / Organizer
San Antonio University Women in Technology Symposium
Coordinator / Organizer
San Antonio Area Aspiration Award Coordinator for National Center for Women in Information and Technology Aspiration Award Recognition
San Antonio Women in Information Technology Committee