Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Lake City
Posted on: May 3, 2021
This announcement has been amended to reflect the most recent
salary range and has been extended. Applicants may update their
application through the closing date.
This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT in support of COVID-19
operations. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible
applications will be December 28, 2020 and applicants will be
referred on an 'as needed' basis. NOTE: Announcement will remain
open until no longer needed but no later than April 30, 2021.
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The Psychologist may be located in either the main VA Medical
Center, a local CBOC (out-patient clinic) or a local Vet Center in
support of COVID-19 operations and may be permanently or
temporarily appointed on an intermittent, part-time or full-time
schedule. The Psychologist participates in a full range of
psychotherapeutic, diagnostic and training activities, performs
assessments, level of care determinations, evidence-based
individual and group psychotherapy as well as treatment planning
and program development.
Major duties and responsibilities include:
- Serves as a treatment provider conducting assessment
interviews, composing psychosocial assessment reports, formulating
diagnostic impressions, developing treatment plans, providing
psychotherapy to patients through individual and group sessions,
making referrals for aftercare and placement, and documenting
services provided and the course of treatment of patients;
- Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient
care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program
evaluation, teaching, training, and research activities;
- Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and
diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually
- Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic
interventions, including individual, family, and group
- Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic
treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including
prompt completion of clinical reminders;
- Provides education to patients, family members, and significant
others, as needed.
Work Schedule: A variety of work schedules are available; Work
schedule will be determined upon selection. NOTE: May be expected
to work rotating weekends and holidays.
Pay Schedule: The salary range listed in this announcement is a
Base-Line Salary for a full-time work schedule. Starting salary
will be set based on locality (which may include a special pay rate
depending upon location), as well as FT, PT or Intermittent
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Certain locations are deemed
as 'Hard to Fill' and 'may' offer Recruitment Incentives, but such
an Incentive is not guaranteed.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses: Not Available.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
- Clinical Psychologists
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- English Language Proficiency: Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II,
Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed
under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a
direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in
written and spoken English.
- Education Requirement - Must have a doctoral degree in
psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the
American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological
Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian
Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was
completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with
the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed; OR, have
a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition,
successfully completed a re-specialization program meeting both of
the following conditions: a) the re-specialization program must be
completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b)
the specialty in which you were retrained is consistent with the
assignment you are applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded
between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution,
with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.
- Internship Requirement - Must have successfully completed a
professional psychology internship training program that was
accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and
that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is
to be employed; OR, New VHA psychology internship programs that are
in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in
fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such
programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director
for Psychology and the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at the
time that the individual was an intern; OR, VHA facilities that
offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL
96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of
the internship requirement; OR, Applicants who completed an
internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the
program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if
they are currently board certified by the American Board of
Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with
the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (NOTE:
Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board
certification; OR, Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded
between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with
a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this
internship requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year
supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable
to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience
is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant
must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that
the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was
completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program.
- Licensure. Applicants must hold a full, current, and
unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level
in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the
District of Columbia.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering
Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this
occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in
this occupation and meet the criteria).
- GS-13 Experience: Applicants must have at least 2 years of
experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year
equivalent to the GS-12 level to include experience diagnosing
mental disorders, conducting psychological or neuropsychological
assessments, treating mental disorders through a variety of
modalities, providing adjunctive interventions for treatment of
medical disorders, and may also include research. A two year
post-doctoral fellowship or residency may substitute two years of
Knowledge Skills and Abilities: In addition to the experience
above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological
treatments to the full range of patient populations.
- Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in
areas related to professional psychology and behavioral
- Knowledge of clinical research literature.
NOTE: Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral
degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related
to the duties performed. Postdoctoral fellowships or residencies
are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice.
Training as a fellow or resident is considered to be creditable
experience on a year-for-year basis.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18;
Psychologist Qualification Standard
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is at
the GS-13 grade level.
Physical Requirements: Performing activies involving frequently
sitting, standing, walking, bending, climbing stairs and reaching
with hands and arms; carrying such items such as books, papers and
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements
are met. NOTE: This applies to the past, current, and upcoming VA
Health Professional Trainees (HPT) only. HPT is an individual
appointed to temporary positions in one or more VHA medical
facilities performing clinical or research training experiences to
satisfy program or degree requirements or receiving VA Health
Professional Scholarship Program. HPTs can be either VA-paid or
Without Compensation (WOC)") Contact:
if interested in being considered as a Health Professional
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities,
schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal
employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
If you are using foreign education to meet qualification
requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency
with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
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