Claire Penn holds the endowed the Chair of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently the Director of the Health Communication Research Unit with a focus on enhancing intercultural communication and curriculum reform. She has worked for many years in the area of child language development and adult language pathology including stroke, brain injury and dementia. Other academic interests include sign language and research ethics. She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) and has received several awards for her research including the Order of Mapungubwe and the Shoprite Checkers Woman of the year category winner. She is currently rated as an A2 scientist with the National Research Foundation (NRF). She is the author of over 100 academic articles, 27 chapters and five books. She serves on the editorial boards of a number of international journals and has supervised to completion 25 PhD students and 49 Masters students.