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Job Title:  Psychologist (Mental Health)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-NV-13-Ebe-820160

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$59,615.00 to $110,459.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Fort Thomas, KY United States
All groups of qualified individuals


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 820160 (Include # on all documents)

Your grade and step will be determined by the Psychologist Professional Standards Board (PSB).  The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate grade and step based on your individual accomplishments.


The Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center has two (2) openings in the Mental Health Care Line for a full time Psychologist. This Psychologist will serve in the Trauma Recovery Division in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary outpatient, and residential program directed toward assisting Veterans with stress-related conditions and their families in the Veterans' readjustment to civilian life. 

The Psychologist provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic assessments, therapeutic and psycho-educational interventions as well as, consultative services to any Veteran from any time of service who manifests symptoms of PTSD and/or any other stress/anxiety disorders and conditions. 


The tour of duty is:  Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.



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. 


How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?




As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, 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.


VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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 .  


Relocation Expenses are not authorized.  


  • 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
  • Please see the REQUIREMENTS Section of this announcement


The psychologist will work with an interdisciplinary team in the outpatient and residential PTSD programs providing gold-standard assessments, individual and group therapy using evidence-bases treatments, e.g., Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy, and Virtual Reality.   The psychologist may also provide psycho-education group therapy regarding PTSD and related conditions in either the outpatient or residential program, including anger management, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and communication training.


Typical assignments include but are not limited to:

  • Applying evidence based treatment strategies, particularly for Veterans with PTSD and/or other anxiety disorders.
  • Application of advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations, particularly with Veterans with PTSD and/or other anxiety disorders.
  • Provides professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health with patients with PTSD and other anxiety disorders.
  • Provides a full-range of therapeutic interventions including:  Evidence-based cognitive behavioral group and individual therapies for PTSD and related disorders. 



According to the VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix F3, all of the qualifications below must be met in order to qualify for a Psychologist position at the VA Medical Center.



Citizenship Requirement.   Citizen of the United States.  


Education Requirement.  

(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.


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.


Exception.  The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed.   Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D).   Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.   This may result in termination of employment.


Physical Requirements. A physical will be required for this position.


English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. 



Grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board


(1)   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.


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.


Grade Determinations.   In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:


GS-11:  (a) Experience: None beyond the basic requirements.


(b) 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.


GS-12:   (a) 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 a 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:  


(b) Demonstrated KSAs for GS-12:

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.


(c) 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.


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 basic requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:


(c) Demonstrated KSA's for GS-13: 

1.   Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient population.

2.   Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

3.  Knowledge of clinical research literature.


(d) Assignments: This is the full performance level for staff psychologists.   At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. Staff Psychologists 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.   Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions. They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.   Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.  


You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skill, and abilities associated with this position as defined above. When describing your knowledge, skills, and abilities, please be sure to give examples and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of the people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.





    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. ***


    • A copy of college transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) must be submitted in order to verify the education requirement. (Official transcripts will only be required if selected for the position).
    • A copy of licensure or certification must be submitted in order to verify the licensure requirement.

    • This announcement may be used to fill additional unanticipated vacancy(s) resulting from this announcement that occur within 90 days on bargaining unit positions and 180 days for non-bargaining unit positions. 
    • This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.
    • Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.
    • Incumbent will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination.
    • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug testing designated position are subject to random drug screen (urinalysis) for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA.
    • Background Investigation: New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Applicants must not be listed on the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) Exclusionary List.
    • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement will be subject to a probationary period.


    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. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


    INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration 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.



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    ICTAP and CTAP: The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .


    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. 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 .


    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  Wednesday, January 30, 2013 


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

    1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and

    2. Your résumé and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.


    Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

    To return to Application Manager at any time simply go to .


    Begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button near the bottom of this page. Your résumé will be attached only to the Application Package you complete and Submit immediately after you click the Apply Online button for this job announcement, not to any Application Packages you may already have created.


    Please see the required documents section for a list of all of the documents that you will need to submit. You may upload the completed forms to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded forms 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.  Once you upload a completed document it takes about one hour for Uploaded Documents to move from Received-Pending Virus Scan to Processed.


    Uploading / Submitting Documents:

    If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

    You may upload the completed forms to your USAJOBS or Application Manager Account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded forms 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.  


    Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.


    If you cannot upload your documents, you can fax them.

    Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager.

    Or, you may click this link  to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.   

    • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 820160
    • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
    • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
    • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.   

    Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.  


    If you cannot apply online:

    • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire
    • Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire  
    • 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.
    • Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


    If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager, you can write your answers on paper.   Follow these steps:

    1. You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.

    2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL . 

    3. You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents by fax.


    By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.   The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.   Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


    For help uploading documents or for other general questions, please see the HELP/FAQ's link at the bottom of the USAJOBS webpage


    You must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement.

    A complete package includes:

    • Résumé, CV, or any other written format - (please make sure your resume includes where you worked, when (MM/YY), country of citizenship, and whether you were full-time or part-time.  If you were part time, be sure to state how many hours you worked).
    • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations - signature required on ALL pages - Available at
    • OF306, Declaration for Federal Employment - signature required on ALL pages.
    • Copy of Transcripts - showing that you are a graduate of a  NLNAC or CCNE Accredited School of Professional Nursing.
    • Completed Online Questionnaire.
    • If you are a Current or former federal employee:  Copy of your latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action). This is required to be considered an internal applicant. The SF-50 must indicate proof of status (for example, you were a career or a career-conditional employee) and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). Current VA Employee's - Please Note: The selecting official for this position is not allowed access to your electronic OPF which is why it is required for you to submit a thorough and complete resume to include all of your relevant work information (i.e., starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc)..  The resume you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a resume and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.
    • If you are a Veteran:  Copy of Member 4 DD-214. Your copies must be legible and must show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.   Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at  Disabled veterans and other veterans eligible for 10-point preference must also submit an SF-15 with required proof.   If you are claiming entitlement for 10-point veterans preference, you MUST submit your DD-214 showing character of service; and SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) with the required VA letter dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service-connected disability of 10% or more.  


    To submit the documents requested follow the options listed above. Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

    Note: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link: 


    Cincinnati Human Resources
    Phone: (513)475-6361
    Agency Information:
    VHA Cincinnati VAMC
    Department of Veteran Affairs
    3200 Vine Street
    Cincinnati, OH


    You may check the status of your application anytime by simply logging in to Application Manager at:


    Please do not call the Human Resources office to check on the status of your application. Once the Human Resources department knows any details of this announcement, you will receive a notice via the e-mail address that you provided.


    Once the Human Resources Department knows the status of this position, you will know!


    After you submit your application...

    After the human resources department receives your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed by a Human Resources Specialist to determine if you meet the requirements. You will be notified by e-mail when this decision is made.  


    What happens when your application is referred?

    If you meet all of the basic requirements of this position, your application package will be referred to the selecting official in the Mental Health Care Line. Once the Selecting Official in Mental Health (which is not the HR Specialist) looks over the applications, he/she will then decide if they would like to contact you for an interview. The interview will be arranged and coordinated by the Selecting Official in Mental Health. You will be notified by e-mail if your name is referred to the selecting official in Mental Health.


    After interviewing is complete...

    Once the Selecting Official in Mental Health decides on a candidate for the position, they will send the certificate back to Human Resources and all other candidates that are not selected will once again be notified of the outcome via the e-mail address provided.


    What does the pre-appointment process entail?
    At this point a tentative offer will be made to the applicant that the Mental Health Selecting Official chooses. If you are selected for this position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made. The more active you are in this process, the quicker you can be brought on board. There are a number of steps in the pre-employment process. Failure to complete the pre-employment process within three (3) calendar days will result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer. Once the selected applicant completes all requirements & all requirements have been verified, you will be contacted by a Human Resources Specialist to discuss an official start date and commitment package.

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