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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist (General Mental Health)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  RV-13-BLG-797988-R19

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 30, 2012 to Thursday, December 20, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Biloxi, MS United States
United States Citizens


Clinical Psychologist (General Mental Health) , Full Time:  Monday thru Friday (8:00am - 4:30pm); Grade and salary to be determined by the Professional Standards Board.  



OPEN DATE: 11/30/12              CLOSE DATE:  12/20/12


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


The full performance level for these positions is GS-13.  Applicants will be considered at the GS-11, GS-12, and GS-13 grade levels.


This position is located at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Biloxi, Mississippi.  This setting for the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System spans south Mississippi, south Alabama and the Florida panhandle.  The position is ideal for those who those enjoy working on integrative, multidisciplinary teams, utilizing evidence based therapies within a recovery oriented approach.  The position will encompass a significant amount of integrative treatment, and the position requires a person who is well versed in a variety of evidence-based therapies or one who is seeking further experience with these approaches.  Funding is available for learning new therapies and attending conferences.  This opening provides the incumbent psychologist with discretion in building their own caseloads and clinics, participating in psychology Master’s, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral training programs, research, and refinement of individual clinical expertise.  Psychologists are full members of the medical staff.


The Mississippi Gulf Coast overlooks the sparkling Gulf of Mexico and 62 miles of scenic shoreline including the world's longest (26 miles) man-made beach - started by nature, improved by man.  Explore the Coast's rich heritage from the American Indians to the modern day blending of cultures including cuisine, attractions, and events. (


The candidate will assess Veterans’ mental health concerns as they present for their Primary Care visits.  Incumbent will consult with physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, clinical pharmacists, and dieticians in providing patient care.  Complete comprehensive intake assessments of Veterans newly seeking mental health treatment, and collaborate with Veterans in planning appropriate treatment.  Utilize brief screening instruments as appropriate, including the Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, and PTSD Check List. Complete Suicide Risk Assessments for all new patients.  Offer crisis intervention, safety planning, and admission to inpatient psychiatry as needed.  Provide short-term psychotherapy utilizing cognitive-behavioral and supportive therapy techniques to address a variety of clinical complaints including mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, relational concerns, and physical health conditions. Eligible recent post-docs and other new graduates are encouraged to apply.


Psychology Service, VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, has an outstanding team of providers, with full medical staff membership status and associated benefits.  Psychology Service is also fully integrated into the leadership of the health care system, and provides administrative oversight into psychological/neuropsychological/vocational services, as well as EAP and all system research administration.


As a VA professional Clinical Psychologist, your opportunities are endless.  You will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

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. 


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


As a Clinical Psychologist the incumbent deals with extremely complex diagnostic, therapeutic, and administrative questions involving patient care.   The incumbent must recognize deficits and problems which may be encountered in a diverse patient population with varying and complex medical and/or psychological problems in achieving satisfactory psychological adjustment.   The ultimate psychological rehabilitation of patients depends upon the functions of this position.   The incumbent ensures that all Healthcare system patients referred for psychological evaluation and/or treatment are provided appropriate services in a comprehensive, unified manner, and on a timely basis. 


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


A recruitment/relocation incentive is negotiable up to $25,000 for a highly qualified applicant.




   a.  U.S. citizenship  

   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. A degree in the Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine is preferred.


       (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. 


GS-11:  Experience.  None beyond the basic requirements.


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. 


GS-13:  (a)  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.


            (b)  Experience.  In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. 




References: Qualification Requirements Used:   VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, GS-180.  For the full text, see the Handbook on file in Human Resources Management Service.  Also, OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific positions at:

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:  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. ***



Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé and submit a DD form 214 showing character of discharge. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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.



The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.


Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:


Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:


Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:


Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:


Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For addtional information visit:

This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.



This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.


YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY; IT MUST BE SIGNED AND DATED.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, 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 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 797988.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 20, 2012.



You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


ON-STATION APPLICANTS (Individuals who are currently employed at VAGCVHCS):

1. Current resume or CV

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required — and MUST be signed and dated).

3. The completed OPM 1203FX form (answers to questionnaire) - required if unable to complete it on line.

4. SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required — it must show your current position held, grade, series, and tenure).

5. Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) form (available at: This is a required form and must be completed, signed and dated.

6. You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts showing your Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree has been conferred and the date it was conferred. (required)

7. You MUST submit a copy of your Psychologist license showing the current expiration date of the license (required)



1.     Resume or CV

2.     VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (available at (required - and MUST be signed and dated).

3.     The completed OPM 1203FX form (answers to questionnaire) - required if unable to complete it on line. 

4.     Declaration of Federal Employment Form (OF-306) (available at  This is a required form and must be completed, signed and dated.

5.     If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (REQUIRED) showing character of discharge.   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at along with the required documentation as shown on page 2 of the SF-15.

6.     If currently employed in the VA or Federal system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action, that shows current position held, grade, series, and tenure. (REQUIRED).

7.     Copy of college transcripts showing Ph.D. or Psy. D. has been conferred and the date it was conferred (REQUIRED).

8.     Copy of Psychology license that shows the current expiration date of the license (REQUIRED).


Bridget L. Gehlsen
Phone: (228)523-4624
Agency Information:
Department of Veterans Affairs
400 Veterans Avenue
Human Resources 05A
Biloxi, MS


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

Control Number: 332492600
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