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Chloë Volz

Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Area of expertise
Chloë is the Lead Psychologist for CAMHS national and specialist Outpatient Services which involves supervision and support of senior psychologists, advising on service developments across all national and specialist services, and representing psychology in the overall operational and strategic planning for national and specialist services.

Chloë is a trustee on the board of OCD Action, a national OCD charity.

Research
Her personal research interest is in unusual and/or complex presentations of OCD and thinking about the implication for assessment, diagnosis and treatment of these cases. An example of this would be transformation obsessions described in papers below. She is also involved in writing up the multi-family therapy group work.

Biography
Chloë Volz is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the CAMHS OCD and Related Disorders Service. She is overall Team Lead and specifically heads up the part of the service that provides treatment for the most severe, treatment-resistant cases of young people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Her clinical role is to develop individually-tailored treatment packages, which might involve intensive, home-based and inpatient treatment. The team works jointly with Snowfields Adolescent Unit to offer the inpatient provision.

As part of the national service, Chloë offers consultation and joint work with clinicians around the country, enabling young people to access specialist treatment when they need it. Chloë and colleagues are pioneering Multi-Family Therapy group work with families of young people with OCD as an enhancement to the evidence-based CBT treatment that is offered in the clinic.

Chloë is a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). She is also a member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH), where she has run masterclasses in the treatment of OCD. She has taught and trained nationally and internationally.

Education and training
She trained in clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry between 1992 and 1994. She then spent six years gaining child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and inpatient experience at the South West London and St George’s NHS Trust. Outpatient work covered parenting (parent-child game), running a sleep clinic, working with early feeding difficulties.

The inpatient work gave Chloë experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, assessing and treating young people with complex psychiatric presentations. She started working for South London and Maudsley NHS Trust in 2002.

  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) (1998)
  • MSc in Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry (1994)
  • B.A. (Hons) Psychology, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (1989)

Publications
Volz, C and Heyman I. (2007) Case Series: Transformation Obsession in Young People With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry, 46:6.

Hilton, K., Turner, C., Krebs, G., Volz, C. and Heyman, I. (2011), Parent Experiences of Attending a Specialist Clinic for Assessment of their Child’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16: no. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00607.

Fernandez de la Cruz, L., Barrow, F., Bolhuis, K., Krebs, G., Volz, C., Nakatani, E., Heyman, I. and Mataix-Cols, D. (2013) Sexual Obsessions in Pediatric Obsessive-Complulsive Disorder: Clinical Characteristics and Treatment Outcomes. Depression and Anxiety 00:1–9

Monzani, B., Jassi, A., Heyman, I., Turner, C., Volz, C., and Krebs, G. (2015). Transformation obsessions in paediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder: Clinical characteristics and treatment response to cognitive behaviour therapy. Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry, 48, 75-81.

Jassi, A., Lenhard, F., Krebs, G., Gumpert, M., Jolstedt, M., Andrén, P., Nord, M., Aspvall,K., Wahlund,T., Volz,C. and Mataix-Cols, D. (2020). The work and social adjustment scale, youth and parent versions: psychometric evaluation of a brief measure of functional impairment in young people. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 1-8.

OCD - Tools to Help Young People Fight Back! A CBT Manual for Therapists. Cynthia Turner, Georgina Krebs, Chloë Volz. Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2019)

OCD – Tools to Help You Fight Back! A CBT Workbook for Young People. Cynthia Turner, Georgina Krebs, Chloë Volz. Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2019)