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Job Title:  Psychologist (Compensation & Pension)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VALTP-2013-PhD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$83,687.00 to $108,791.00 / Per Year
Monday, September 17, 2012 to Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Intermittent - Intermittent NTE 2 years
Few vacancies in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 749173 (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.  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 .  


This is an open continuous announcement.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.  Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.


The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has developed a new VA Locum Tenens program to address a shortage of Psychologists


The goals of the program are:


- To provide interim Psychologists (locums) that are consistently Veteran centered and high quality.


- Increase access to care in VHA's nationwide


- Contribute to recruitment of highly qualified, motivated Psychologists and the retention of current Psychologist providers


The program is seeking Psychologists to work in VA medical centers across the nation.


You will be required to travel frequently.


The VA Locum Tenens position offers:


Government travel reimbursement


- Ability to work in various VHA locations.  Typical assignments length is three months


- Comprehensive orientation to VHA clinical operations and world renowned electronic medical record system


- Distinction of serving Veterans - America's hero's


  • U. S. Citizenship and English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Doctoral degree in psychology accredited by APA
  • Completion of a psychology training internship approved by the APA
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice psychology


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These positions require travel.  Successful applicants will perform disability examinations  while on travel assignments at various VA facilities around the country.  Average assignment length is three months which includes travel reimbursement according to federal travel regulations.


Intermittent position for a qualified Psychologist to work in VHA clinics performing compensation and pension (disability) examinations.  The incumbent will provide interview assessments to Veterans presenting with a wide variety of mental health symptoms. The incumbent draws on an extensive knowledge base to make appropriate diagnoses, assess the level of function, and evaluate the claimed condition’s relationship to the Veteran’s active military service.  The incumbent also provides medical opinions relating to service connected benefits, receives cases on appeal and responds to referrals in a timely manner.


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·         U.S. citizenship.  

·         Doctoral degree in Psychology accredited by APA

          Completion of a psychology training internship approved by APA

·         A full, current, and unrestricted license to practice Psychology



(Public Law 96-151 codified in 38 U.S.C. 7402)


1.  Approved doctoral programs are those from an accredited college or university whose curriculum psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA).


2.  Completed study in a specialty area of psychology means completion of a full curriculum in clinical or counseling psychology or other specialty area of psychology pertinent to the position being filled, not just incidental courses in these areas as part of a program of study in a specialty area unrelated to the position for which being considered.  The specialty area of the degree must be the same as that in which the applicant is to be employed.


3.  The internship requirement is a vital and integral part of the basic requirements and as such must be fully and carefully evaluated.  This may require the use of a panel of subject matter experts.  Acceptable internships consist of an organized training program, in contrast to supervised experience or on-the-job training, designed to provide the intern with a planned, programmed sequence of training experiences with the primary purpose to assure breadth and quality of training.  Such internships may be gained in VA training programs which meet APA internship requirements or in other health service settings whose internships are accredited by the APA.  Internships normally consist of 1 year of training under a licensed psychologist in an organization with sufficient staff and varied programs to provide the required breadth and quality of training.  The sponsoring organization should provide a written statement or brochure describing the goals and content of the internship with clear expectations for the quantity and quality of the trainee’s work.  NOTE:  Prior to 1956 the APA did not accredit internships, but did accredit doctoral programs.  Therefore, a pre-1956 graduate of an APA approved doctoral program in an appropriate psychology specialty, whose internship was acceptable to the degree granting school, meets the internship requirements of this standard.



References : VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix F3, Psychology dated April 15, 2002 and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

(1) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Assocation (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.


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. ***



You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.

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.

CREDITABLE EXPERIENCE:   To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of the 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.

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 epxerience must also be at a level comparable to professional psychology experience at the next lower level.

Part-Time Experience:  Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek.  For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a 1/2 time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

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. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others.  Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required.  However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment.  The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.  Reasonable accommodation may also be considered in determining an applicant’s ability to perform the duties of a position.  Reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited to:  the use of assistive devices, job modification or restructuring, provision of readers and interpreters, or adjusted work schedules.


Also, all positions involving Federal motor vehicle operation carry the additional medical requirements specified in 5 CFR, part 930, subpart A.


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



Grade Determinations:  Salary will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). 


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Intermittent employees are not entitled to benefits such as paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. 


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


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:


EEO Policy Statement:


Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:


Veterans Information:


Legal and Regulatory Guidance:




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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 YOUR CV TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload your CV 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.







You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. 1.  CV or Resume.
  2. 2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. 3.  Occupational Questionnaire
  4. 4.  Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. 5.  Proof of current certification, licensure or registration 

    6.  Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired

  6. 7.  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  
  7. 8.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).







Theresa Thomas
Phone: (602)626-7594
Fax: (602)761-5552
Agency Information:
VHA Phoenix HCS
Human Resources Management Service 05B
650 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ
85012 Fax: (602)761-5552


After we receive your required documents, your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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