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Albright College Promotes Three Faculty Members

March 17, 2017


Justin Couchman, Ph.D

Reading, Pa. – Three Albright College faculty members have been promoted by the College’s Board of Trustees.

Susan Hughes, Ph.D., has been promoted to professor of psychology. Justin Couchman, Ph.D., has been promoted to associate professor of psychology. Patricia Turning, Ph.D., has been promoted to associate professor of history. Both Couchman and Turning have also been granted tenure; Hughes had previously been granted tenure.

The promotions take effect in August 2017.

Hughes, who joined Albright’s faculty in 2006, earned her doctorate in psychology from the University at Albany, the State University of New York. She is a prolific and internationally recognized scholar in the field of biopsychology. She specializes in evolutionary psychology, with an emphasis on the study of the human voice, as well as topics related to mate assessment, attraction and mating behaviors. 

Couchman, who joined Albright’s faculty in 2013, earned his doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Couchman conducts research on metacognition, or “thinking about thinking,” specifically focused on our ability to monitor and control our behaviors. He has also investigated self-regulation during college exams, self-control in virtual reality environments, how animals understand their own minds, and how they influence humans.


Patricia Turning, Ph.D.

Turning, who joined Albright’s faculty in 2013, earned her doctorate from the University of California, Davis. Specializing in medieval history with an emphasis on gender issues, Turning is an authority on crime and punishment at the end of the Middle Ages. She has conducted archival research in Southern France, leading to publications on the performance of public executions, the development of punitive incarceration, and instances and protests of police brutality in the cities of the 14th and 15th centuries.  She is the author of “Municipal Officials, Their Public and the Negotiation of Justice in Medieval Languedoc.”


Founded in 1856, Albright College educates creative, curious students to become adaptable, global citizens who discover and reach their full potential. The College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum encourages students to combine majors and disciplines to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive and nurturing community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning. Located in Reading, Pennsylvania, Albright enrolls more than 1,800 full-time undergraduates and 700 adult learners and graduate students.