This Position Is No Longer Available

Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-689-13-EIWLTS-824769

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

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$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 14, 2013 to Monday, January 28, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy - West Haven, CT United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 824769 (Include # on all documents)

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. 


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 .  






  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination & Designated and-or-Radom Drug Testing
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Doctoral Degree in Psychology Accredited by APA
  • License to Practice Psychology


Work Schedule:  Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Rotating days: West Haven, CT ( 3 days) and (2 days) in Newington, CT

Serves as the lead clinical consultant to the medical center staff on health behavior coaching. Maintains awareness of and provides consultation on the evidence basis for health behavior interventions, to promote health and prevent disease, and effective coaching methods by medical center staff. The incumbent will maintain awareness of current policy and clinical resources, and utilize training opportunities provided by relevant VHA national program offices by monitoring program office web sites and policy publications, and consulting with relevant program office staff as needed relative to health behavior.  These may include but are not limited to the VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the Office of Mental Health Services, and the Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards.

Works with Clinical Care and Nursing leadership to provide specific training and consultation with Primary Care Nurses and others to facilitate effective health behavior coaching (i.e., healthy lifestyle coaching to support patient self-management) and build and maintain competencies in health behavior coaching.


Incumbent will contributes to training of primary care team and others in evidence-based methodologies to effectively communicate with, motivate, coach, and support patients in being aware of relevant health risks, clarifying personal goals for health promotion and disease prevention change, developing individualized patient self-management plans, and maintaining these healthy behaviors. In collaboration with the Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Program Manager (HDPD-PM), plans, develops, adapts, implements and assesses efficacy of health behavior interventions for the promotion of general health and to address health risk behaviors as part of disease prevention and chronic disease management (e.g., weight loss and maintenance, tobacco use cessation, promoting patient self-management interventions targeting issues such as increasing participation in regular exercise, healthy eating, sleep hygiene) in close collaboration with the Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Manager and others.

Supports and contributes to existing smoking and tobacco use cessation clinical initiatives in primary care and smoking cessation specialty programs or clinics, evaluates the need for possible expansion of services, and supports the lead clinician in tobacco use cessation programs (and may serve in this role, if needed).Contributes to behavioral health programs such as MOVE!


Performs specialty health psychology assessment/intervention (e.g., pre-bariatric surgery, MOVE! patients with particular behavioral issues, patients with unique or complex problems impacting their health promotion/disease prevention self-management plans). He or She will supervises pre-doctoral and post-doctoral Psychology trainees, and may participate in the supervision of  trainees in other disciplines, including medical, nursing, pharmacy, and psychiatric trainees assigned to the Primary Care Service for rotations; consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues involving health behavior; will provides administrative duties including scheduling of Veterans related issues and returning Veterans’ phone calls.


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.




*  Advanced Training in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine/Behavioral Health at the internship and/or post-doctoral level or equivalent work experience.

*Prior professional experience in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine/Behavioral Health is highly desirable



  • 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.)

    Education: 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.


    Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. 

    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.




GS-12. In addition to the basic requirements ast 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 standars for psychology licensure. 


GS-13.  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.  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. 


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:


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


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


*Knowledge of clinical research literature.


*Knowledge of and ability to effectively develop and implement health behavior assessments and interventions for the promotion of general health and to address health risk behaviors as part of disease prevention and chronic disease management (e.g., weight loss and management, tobacco use cessation, promoting patient self-management interventions targeting issues such as increasing participation in regular exercise, healthy eating, sleep hygiene).


*Ability to train, guide, mentor, and support healthcare team members who will provide evidence-based health behavior self-management support interventions that may be carried out via phone and may support patients using web, home messaging, or video teleconferencing technologies, including supporting others in co-managing group intervention at parent facilities and CBOCs.

*Skill in consulting with and supporting the other primary care, prevention, and patient health education team members in conducting behavioral health/preventive medicine programs.


*Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of healthcare staff and facility leadership to integrate health promotion and disease prevention programs into clinical care.

 *Knowledge of and ability to utilize existing evidence-based behavioral health resource materials and develop new materials when needed.


 *Ability to provide health behavior assessment and intervention with patients with multiple co-morbidities and or chronic disease, special needs, and complex clinical problems, and to perform specialized health psychology assessments such as pre-bariatric surgery psychological assessments/intervention.


 *Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a diverse group of professional staff and management officials.






VA HANDBOOK 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2006.





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. 



 All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.



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. 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.





Performance Based Interviews (PBI) may be used. For more information visit the following website



Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at .



This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.


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.   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: 824769.  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 Monday, January 28, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at ).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   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  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Timothy T. Smith
Phone: (203)932-5711x2795
Agency Information:
VHA Connecticut HCS
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT


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: 335614000
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