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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist - Clinical Neuropsychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  TUS-13-MH-037-OC869834

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 to Thursday, April 25, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Tuscaloosa, AL United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Veterans Health Administration

The Best Care!!  The Best Careers!!

Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center is located in West Alabama on a beautifully landscaped 126 acre campus, and offers a low cost of living and year round outdoor recreational and cultural acitivities.


This position is located in the Psychology Service at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama






NOTE: Once appointed, If you meet all established criteria, you may be eligible to apply for partial student loan reimbursement under the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), subject to available funding.  You will be required to make contact with the Program Coordinator in Human Resources within 30 days of your appointment date to confirm your eligibility and initiate application paperwork.


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.



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 .  




  • 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


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The clinical neuropsychologist is a member of the Psychology Service with a primary mission to provide services throughout the facility to inpatients and outpatients.  The neuropsychologist evaluates patients for and treats patients with cognitive and neurological disorders.  Services may include direct patient care, participation with treatment teams, consultation to other staff, clinical supervision of neuropsychology technicians and students, and participation in education and research.


Clinical Responsibilities:

·         Provide screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with a variety of cognitive, neurological, and psychiatric disorders.

·          Provide comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to patients with traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders.

·         Provide cognitive rehabilitation and other specialized cognitive and neuropsychological treatments to patients with traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders.

·          Provide counseling and psychotherapy to patients with traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders.

·         Provide services to the families of veterans with traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders, when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the veteran and will allow better care for the veteran and allow the family to sustain the veteran in the home environment.

·         Perform capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a patient’s ability to make medical decisions, perform other specific functions, or live independently.

·         Assess patients’ understanding of advanced directives and other forms of consent and assisting staff in determining how to present treatment options and other such material to patients in a format they can understand.

·          Provide individual and group interventions to support patients that are coping with feelings of grief and loss associated with disability and other life transitions.

·         Provide educational and aptitude evaluations for patients with brain injuries and other cognitive disorders.

·         Provide effective interventions with couples or families, when appropriate, to relieve relationship difficulties, provide support to caregivers of veterans with brain injury or other cognitive disorders, and/or promote collaboration with the treatment teams for the benefit of the veteran.

·         Facilitate transition and adjustment to new living situations (e.g., nursing home, assisted living facility), and provide seamless intervention services, as appropriate.

·         Provide behavioral medicine interventions to manage pain, disability, address sleep problems, facilitate weight loss, promote smoking cessation, and enhance medical compliance.

·         Promote communication/interactions between medical team members, patients, and their families to facilitate the medical treatment process.



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  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Doctoral degree in psychology from APA Accredited Graduate Program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology
  • Successful completion of a professional psychology internship training program accredited by APA.  Exceptions: (1) new VHA psychology intership programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation, provided such programs are sanctioned by the Veterans Health Administration Central Office Program Director for Psychology and Office of Academic Affiliations at the time the individual was an intern; and (2) Veterans Health Administration facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979).
  • Hold a full, current and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Applicants must meet physical requirements of the position.  A physical examination prior to placement may be required.
  • This is a drug-testing designated position.  Employees in drug-testing designated positions will be subject to random drug testing. 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-13 LEVEL:   Requires a minimum of two years post-doctoral experience as a psychologist, one year of which must have been equivalent to the GS-12 federal grade level.  Creditable experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral training program.  In addition the candidates must demonstrate the following:  (1) Knowledge of and ability to apply advanced 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; entified with the medical profession.)     


References :  VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standards


Applicants's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Psychologist Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. 


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The demands of the position require that the incumbent be alert and responsive to changing environmental condition, as well as sudden change in the patient's behavior.  The demands are continuous and call for a high degree of stress tolerance and adaptability, as well as a stable personality.

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.

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

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment.)

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants selected for position through this announcement may be subject to a two year probationary period.


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.


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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. 

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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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 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: 869834.  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 TAG:Closing Date.


To be considered for this position, you must electronically submit an application package that includes the following required documents:


  • Letter or memo of interest
  • Current Resume or Currivulum Vitae (CV)

ALL OTHER APPLICANTS 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. Transcripts of education
  6. 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. If currently or formerly employed in the VA system, include a copy of last SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).  


Tabatha Austin
Phone: (205)554-2000x4107
Agency Information:
VHA Tuscaloosa VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
Human Resources Management Office
3701 Loop Road East
Tuscaloosa, AL


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.

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