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Job Title:  Psychologist (PTSD/SUD)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  JK-12-SEO-781254

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 02, 2012 to Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy - Nashville, TN United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   781254


Final salary (grade/step) determination will be made by a Professional Standards Board, commensurate with education/experience.

The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.






Relocation expenses and/or incentives are not authorized for this position.


Our mission:  To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.




VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


Nashville offers affordable living with picturesque seasons and an abundance of recreational and entertainment activities.  Nashville, better known as "Music City USA," is the capital of Tennessee and home of the Tennessee Titans NFL and Nashville Predators NHL teams.  Tennessee does not have a state income tax.


The Full Time Permanent Program Psychologist is located in the Mental Health Care Line Posttraumatic Stress Disorder/Substance Abuse (PTSD/SUD) Program, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.





  • U.S. Citizenship Required; must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Subject to designated and/or Random Drug Testing
  • Subject to a pre-employment physical examination


The incumbent reports to the Chief of Psychology.  Duties include:  Providing diagnostic interviews, assessments, psychotherapy, and case management for adult patients with trauma exposure; multidisciplinary consultation; and participation in the psychology practicum student, intern, and postdoctoral fellow training program (i.e., teaching seminars in the Consortium Training Program; supervising practicum students and interns).  Incumbent will diagnose mental disorders, particularly PTSD/SUD, and conduct psychological and/or cognitive function assessments and neuropsychological screenings.  He/she will also treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, particularly PTSD/SUD, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.  He/she will provide a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.  Incumbent will perform evaluations for psychodiagnosis, treatment planning and functional evaluations, particularly for PTSD/SUD.  He/she will provide a full range of therapeutic interventions including individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, consultation, rehabilitation, and psychoeducation.  He/she will consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.  Incumbent will provide training and clinical supervision to psychology interns, psychology technicians, and unlicensed psychologists.  He/she will be involved in Psychology Training Program and Training Committee.  He/she will provide leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units to which assigned.  Incumbent will serve as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding patients.  He/she may hold a faculty appointment at affiliated university.  Incumbent will create, monitor, and analyze program monitors and outcome measurements within programs assigned.  He/she will be responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system.  He/she will plan and oversee the completion of personal research programs designed to provide information regarding program planning and relevant treatment approaches, as applicable.  He/she will present outcome data and research results to Veterans Affairs and regional or national scientific or professional meetings.  He/she will assist in the preparation of Requests for Proposals and grant proposals, as assigned.

Work Schedule: Based on the needs of the service.


The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by: Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. § 7402. To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:


a. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)


b. Education:


(1) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.




(2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: (1) 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 Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.


c.  Licensure: Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.


Specialized Experience: 

GS-13  - 1 year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-12

Loss of Credential.  An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.


Physical Requirements:  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


Work Environment: Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts of a medical center/hospital environment that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting and training rooms, or libraries.  The workspace is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.


English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.


DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:    All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

FOREIGN EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Conditions of Employment: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.
  • 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407 (d) require that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English. 


HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package to include a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information go to



To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes both of the following parts:

  1. Your Resume
  2. A completed Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below) 


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, November 27, 2012


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed. 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

1.  Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.  Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire 

3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:


1.  Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 781254.

2.  FAX your documents to (478) 757-3144


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


The following documents are required:

  • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations

  • Resume

  • Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306). (Current TVHS employees ARE NOT REQUIRED to submit this form). 

    Applicants who are not current TVHS employees will be rated ineligible if this form is not submitted.  Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (9-15) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.

  • Questionnaire
  • Copy of your transcript when using education to qualify.

  • Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).

  • Any other documents required by the checklist.


Pamela Hays
Phone: (615)225-3726
Agency Information:
Mental Health Care Line
3400 Lebanon Pike
Murfreesboro, TN


After the vacancy announcement closes and a review of your application package is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official by electronic notification letters or e-mails. If an e-mail address is not provided, you will receive notifications via your Application Manager Account.

Control Number: 330532600
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