Citizenship: U.S. citizenship.
1. Doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). NOTE: The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.
2. 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. EXCEPTION: Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment (not to exceed 2 years) as a graduate psychologist.
English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-11: None beyond the basic requirements.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-12: Applicants must meet all of the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Applicants must demonstrate the following characteristics: 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.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-13: Applicants must 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. In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, applicants must have at least one year additional experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Applicants must also demonstrate the following characteristics: 1) Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and neuropsychological assessment 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.
Note: The GS-13 level psychologist exercises independent judgment in the practice and provision of psychological services, with full clinical privileges, and requires minimal supervision and oversight.
Please Note: The successful candidate grade and salary will be determined by a Professional Standards Board based on education and experience.
TRANSCRIPTS and VA FORM 10-2850c (Application for Associated Health Occupations) MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ORDER FOR QUALIFICATIONS TO BE DETERMINED. INDIVIDUALS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE.
All qualifications and specialized requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
References : VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated March 17, 2006
Functional Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; use of fingers; both hands required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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.
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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.