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Current OBHR PhD Students

Matthew B. PerriginoMatthew B. Perrigino

6th Year Student

"The faculty in the Krannert OBHR program are all incredibly nice, genuine, and knowledgeable individuals who are always willing to answer questions and offer guidance. Although the coursework can be challenging, the combined support of the faculty and other students helps foster learning. This camaraderie creates a pleasant atmosphere where knowledge can easily be built, developed, and shared."

Matthew was born and raised in Westchester, NY, and graduated with a BBA degree from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, where he double concentrated in operations management and business law and minored in religion. Prior to joining Krannert, he worked in corporate finance at IBM. Matthew’s parents are Brian and Denise. He has a sister named Monica who completed her degree from NYU Law and now works as an attorney in New York City.

Research Interests

Work-family interface, multilelvel theory, healthcare management.


Hongzhi ChenHongzhi Chen

5th Year Student

"In the OBHR area, faculty and colleagues are collegial and supportive. They are readily to share valuable experiences and expertise here in such a professional, friendly, and learning community. By working with faculty members, I have had the chance to build up my research and teaching skills, and to develop the competence of being an independent and professional scholar."

Hongzhi’s dissertation is on social brokerage and innovation within intra-organizational networks. He seeks to advance our understanding on the brokerage process by examine how people (ego) and their coworkers (alters) think and behave within innovation collaboration networks. In another project, he uses social network approach to study the dark side of organizational citizenship behaviors. Moreover, his work also seeks to understand work-life interface with perspectives of national and organizational cultures. Hongzhi has presented his work in national and international conferences. He is working on several manuscripts towards publications on top-tier journals.

At Purdue, Hongzhi teaches Human Resource Management for undergrads and received two Distinguished Teaching Awards for his passion and excellent performance in classrooms. He has been a co-instructor for Purdue’s Professional Development Program for EMBA students from China, hosted by Purdue University’s China Center and Center for International Business Education & Research. He enjoys the conversations with executives and entrepreneurs, which help corroborate what he learned in research and stimulates novel and critical research questions.

Research Interests

Innovation & creativity, micro-foundation of social networks, employee citizenship behaviors, work-life interface, and meta-analytic techniques.


Lusi WuLusi Wu

5th Year Student

"We have a very supportive environment here. Faculty members pay attention to your development and fellow students are always ready to help and share."

Lusi Wu graduated from Renmin University of China with a MPA and BA in Public Administration. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and drawing.

Research Interests

Leadership, organizational socialization, workplace relationship, recruitment.


Catherine KleshinskiCatherine Kleshinski

3rd Year Student

"Krannert OBHR faculty are very supportive; they actively collaborate with the students, push us to become well-developed researchers, and lead engaging seminars that equip us with what it takes to succeed in this profession. The OBHR PhD students are also a strong source of support for each other. Through my coursework in OBHR, I/O psychology, and other departments, I’ve been able to sharpen my research interests, build research skills for methods and theory, and develop good habits for becoming a successful and productive scholar."

Catherine grew up in Ohio and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from the University of Dayton, where she double majored in Marketing and International Business and minored in French. During her senior year at UD, she was a retail research intern at MeadWestvaco in the school and office products division. After graduation, she worked in web and e-commerce analytics in Cincinnati, Ohio at digital advertising agencies for such clients as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Folgers, Kimberly-Clark, and Schwan’s.

Research Interests

Research interests include work-family issues, leadership, organizational justice, and relationships at work/social exchange.


Benjamin PrattBenjamin Pratt

3rd Year Student

“The OBHR faculty here at Purdue are both productive and inclusive. I've been impressed at the extent at which faculty invite students to collaborate with them in research opportunities. Faculty take the time to train and mentor new scholars, and departmental resources are prioritized towards the growth and development of student researchers. The student culture within the department is one of support and encouragement. I have regularly been the beneficiary of mentoring from students more advanced in the program than I am. I highly recommend this program to any prospective OBHR scholars who are serious about professional growth and development."

Benjamin graduated with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology from Brigham Young University in 2006. He then earned an MSW degree from the University of Houston in 2008, and was a social work fellow in the LEAH program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Following his masters education, Benjamin worked as an LCSW for five years; four of which were spent in the VA Healthcare System in Salt Lake City, UT, where Benjamin worked first as a clinician and then as the Assistant Chief of Social Work Services. In 2013, Benjamin began attending Purdue University, earning a master's degree in Sociology from Purdue University before being accepted to the OBHR doctoral program in 2015. Benjamin and his wife, Mauri, have been married for 13 years, and have four children, ages 5 through 11.

Research Interests

Healthcare organizations, work design, 3rd party branding, and the HR impacts of status and reputation.


Lindsay Mechem RosokhaLindsay Mechem Rosokha

1st Year Student

Lindsay grew up in Fredericksburg, Texas and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in business from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, she worked in California as a Marketing Specialist for Stryker, a medical device company. She received her master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Purdue University and then worked for ExxonMobil as a Human Resources Advisor. 

Research Interests

Leadership, Work-Life Balance, Gender Equality, Diversity, and Teams.


Kinshuk SharmaKinshuk Sharma

1st Year Student

Kinshuk grew up in India and graduated with summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where he double concentrated in Operations Management and Finance. Post graduation, he worked in an education industry company in India in various departments: first in the operations segment and then in the corporate office. In 2016, he decided to pursue higher studies at Purdue University for his Master’s in Human Resource Management. Currently, he is part of both the MSHRM and PhD-OBHR programs at Krannert School of Management.

Kinshuk is the son of Surinder Mohan Sharma and Sudha Sharma. He has 2 elder sisters. His hobbies include tennis, rock climbing, cricket and creative writing.

Research Interests

Trust, Repair of trust, Innovation, Teams