Dr. Claire Penn is a speech-language pathologist who has worked for many
years in the field of Aphasia. She graduated in South Africa, but has
worked and traveled in a number of countries. She is currently serving
at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Dr. Penn is a
founding member of the Stroke Aid Society in South Africa and is
co-editor of the book Stroke: Caring and Coping . She has been published
in numerous publications dealing with Aphasia and serves on the
editorial board of Aphasiology . Dr. Penn has focused her research on
enhancing the communication skills of people who suffer from Aphasia.
She has a special interest for personal narratives of people surviving
with Aphasia on a day-by-day basis. She has recently won a Presidential
award in South Africa for her work and was a category winner in Woman of
the Year award in 2008. Her current research includes training of health
professionals in improving communication skills with patients in a
cross-cultural setting .

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