- U.S. citizenship.
- Education - Doctoral Degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Assoc (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed AND Completion of a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by the APA.
- Licensure or certification requirements - Must hold a full, current unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, territory, commonwealth of the US or the District of Columbia.
At the GS-11 Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
Assignment. Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.
At the GS-12 Experience.
In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. 2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies. 3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. Assignment. At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level. They may be assigned to any program area.
*****At the GS-13, candidates must have two years of postdoctoral experience as a professional Psychologist. Professional Psychologist experience is experience that demonstrates: (1) Knowledge of and ability to apply advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations; (2) Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health; (3) Knowledge of clinical research literature.
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience. Please indicate full time and/or part time hours and the time frames for your employment history (to include month and year for starting and ending dates of employment for each employer listed or non-paid work experience on your Resume/CV and on the 102850 C application).
NOTE: Creditable Experience (a) Current Professional Psychology Practice. To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program. This may be evidenced by one or both of the following: 1. Active professional practice. Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist. 2. A full, current, and unrestricted license. (b) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional psychology experience at the next lower level. (c) Part-time Experience. Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time work week. For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of service. (2) Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships. Post-doctoral degree fellowships are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
*** 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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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
Performance Based Interviews (PBI) may be used. For more information visit the following website http://www.va.gov/pbi.
This position is in the Excepted Service.
Relocation expenses will not be paid/are NOT authorized. There are NO incentives authorized for this position.