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Job Title:PC-MHI Clinical Health Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:H13-97-871037

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

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$61,245.00 to $113,478.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 05, 2013 to Thursday, April 25, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Perry Point, MD United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 871037 

WHO WE ARE: We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.


MISSION & VISION: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." –Abraham Lincoln


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


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. Come join our team and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans.


The Perry Point VA Medical Center provides primary care and specialty outpatient services in a new outpatient care facility that was designed and constructed to better meet the needs of veterans by offering the latest medical technology, expanded clinical space and comfortable waiting areas and exam rooms.

The Perry Point VA Medical Center is located on a beautiful campus of approximately 400 acres on the banks of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay where patients can enjoy a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, swimming, bicycling and jogging. Plus, there is ample, free parking on the grounds.

Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA:

1.    A premium benefits package

2.    A fulfilling and challenging work environment

3.    Work where you want to live

4.    On-the-job growth and advancement

5.    To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve

Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to veterans. We are an employer of choice who is a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs.


  • 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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NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11 through GS-13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


TOUR OF DUTY: This is a full-time position; 8:00am to 4:30pm. Early morning, evening, and some weekend hours are required, as needed, to provide optimal care to Veterans.

PRIMARY DUTY LOCATION: Perry Point VA Medical Center. Travel among VAMHCS sites may be required to better serve Veterans.


INCENTIVES: Recruitment/relocation incentives MAY BE authorized. Relocation Expenses are not authorized for this position.

This position is assigned to the Mental Health Clinical Center (MHCC), VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) and serves as a Clinical Health Psychologist. This position is primarily assigned to the Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) program, located within primary care at the Perry Point campus of VAMHCS. This position provides health psychology interventions to the Perry Point campus and Primary Care-Mental-Health Integration interventions to the Perry Point Primary Care Clinic. The co-located collaborative behavioral health provider (Psychologist) partakes in multidisciplinary primary care teams, and delivers brief, consultation-based services to Veterans and primary care staff. The incumbent will function within fast-paced primary care teams, and follow the provisions of the VAMHCS patient centered home model, known as Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). The focus is on general service delivery for a wide range of concerns and resolving problems within the primary care service context. Behavioral health visits are brief (generally 20-30 minutes), limited in number (1-6 visits), are provided in the primary care practice area, and structured so that the patient views meeting with the behavioral health provider as a routine primary care service. Therefore, s/he can expect to consult with 8-10 patients per day with the primary goals of assisting PACT members with identification, treatment, and management of mental health and behavioral medicine conditions in the enrolled population.

The incumbent will provide functional assessment, triage, brief intervention, education and consultative services regarding a wide range of mental health and behavioral medicine concerns, on referral from primary care providers and allied PACT members. S/he will use population based practice management strategies and maintain competences in the following core domains: Clinical Practice Management; Conduct functional assessments, based on approximately 30 minute appointments and will triage/refer to specialty care services as appropriate; Apply principals of population based care (define roles and identify problems rapidly); Use brief assessments routinely (e.g., PHQ-9, PCL, GAD-7, AUDIT C, etc); Initial consultation appointments based on functional assessments and treatment focuses on functional outcomes; Maintain daily open access slots; Next available "scheduled" appointment within two weeks; Provide brief mental health and behavioral interventions (e.g., 1-5 sessions for broad range of concerns); Use time-limited, evidence based interventions that are simple and concrete; Use self-management/home-based practice interventions; Use intermittent visit strategy and flexible patient contact strategies; Triage appropriately and efficiently to specialty mental health services; Provide behavioral medicine interventions (including but not limited to tobacco cessation, alcohol misuse, weight management, and coping with chronic illness, including chronic pain management); Stress Management- Sleep hygiene, Relaxation training, Other interventions will be provided as  clinically appropriate, based on patient need, Contribution to MOV; Perform specialty health psychology evaluations and treatment as necessary (including but not limited to transplant, Hepatitis C, bariatric surgery, diabetes management); Create and implements group interventions appropriate for primary care patients. The incumbent may perform other duties as requested or assigned.


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·         U.S. Citizenship 

·         English Language Proficiency 

·         Doctoral degree in Psychology from a college or university accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, have completed study for such degree in a specialty area of psychology and an internship which are satisfactory to the Secretary and accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Those with 6 months internship completed may apply. Supporting documentation, from college or university, will also be necessary to prove to the hiring agency that the required educational requirements (conferral) will be met in the near future.

·         Be licensed or certified as a psychologist in a State. The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure or certification for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years on the condition that such psychologist provide patient care only under the direct supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed or certified.  


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL: None beyond the basic requirements.

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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-12 LEVEL: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, applicants must possess at least one (1) year of postdoctoral experience as a professional psychologist. For current government employees, at least one (1) year of work experience 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 standards for psychology licensure.  This experience must have demonstrated: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations; Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies; Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-13 LEVEL: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-12 level (knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations; ability to develop coherent treatment strategies; ability to incorporate new clinical procedures), applicants must possess at least two (2) years of postdoctoral experience as a professional psychologist. For current government employees, at least two (2) year of work experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. This experience must have demonstrated: 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 related clinical research literature; (supervisory) ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives; (supervisory) ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability.


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. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions. (Supervisory) psychologists at this level independently provide psychological services at all levels of complexity and consult with peers and supervisors as appropriate.



References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST, dated March 17, 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard, Psychology Series; available in the local Human Resources Office.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: It is VA policy to ensure that all selected applicants and employed personnel are physically, mentally and emotionally fit to perform the duties of the position to which assigned. A pre-placement physical examination is required for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness for candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. The work associated with this position is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required.

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only 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


SELECTIVE SERVICE: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. 


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, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.

·         Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

·         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 system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.

·         Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.

·         Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.

·         Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.


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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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: 871037.  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, April 25, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.    CV or Resume [required]

2.    VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at

3.    Occupational Questionnaire

4.    If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service. 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

5.    If current or prior federal service, include copy of latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action

6.    OF306 - Declaration of Federal Employment (Available at

7.    Other: Proof of current certification, licensure or registration; unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired; if applicable, supporting documentation from from college or university, will also be necessary to prove to the hiring agency that the required educational requirements (conferral) will be met in the near future.

Please allow one (1) hour for uploaded documents to move from Received-Pending Virus Scan to Processed.


Melissa A. Brewer-Castillo
Phone: (410)642-2411
Agency Information:
VHA Maryland HCS Perry Point
PO BOX 1045 Bldg 11H
Perry Point, MD


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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