Welcome to Roberta Barra’s Personal Home Page!

I grew up in Kailua, O’ahu.  After serving in the U.S. Army as an X-Ray Technician, I earned a BBA from Pacific Lutheran University with a concentration in Accounting.  I worked for a decade in public, private, and governmental accounting; holding positions as a Controller and a Fiscal Manager and consulting on accounting software installation projects involving accounting and ERP software.  My experience includes the Construction and Health Care Industries.  In 1992 I earned an MBA from the University of Houston and, in 1996, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Since then, I have held positions at the University of Texas at Arlington, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.  UH-Hilo is a great place to be!

Currently my research interests include fraud and internal control.  Past research interests include accounting software and international accounting standards.  I have presented my research at conference proceedings nationally and internationally.  For a list of my publications use the research link.


R. A. Barra, Ph.D., CPA (In Washington State; not in Hawai’i!)
Associate Professor of Accounting


·        Teaching


·       Research



200 W. Kawili St.
University of Hawai'i at Hilo


Hilo, HI 96720


Office 808-974-7593

Cell: 808-854-7423



Updated April 24, 2013