Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 873958

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

POSITION IS ANNOUNCED OPEN UNTIL FILLED:First consideration may be given to those who apply early.


The incumbent will have primary responsibility for providing or augmenting basic psychological services for the REACH (Reaching out to Educate and Assist Caring, Healthy families) program, a component of the Family Mental Health Program. The program provides a wide range of psycho-diagnostic services including basic assessment of basic cognitive functioning, current emotional status and/or personality structure. The program also provides the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques to deliver high quality care. The incumbent may obtain a faculty appointment at the OU Health Sciences Center. Incumbent duties will include but not limited to:

• Therapeutic interventions to include couples, family, martial, group and individual therapy
• Provide independent psychological services at all levels of complexity
• Provide clinical supervision, leadership, consultation
• Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues
• Program evaluation and limited research activities
• Assists in preparation of grant proposals in response to RFP's as assigned
• Develops, implements and/or monitors various quality assurance programs
• Other duties may include participating in meetings, training of pre-doctoral psychology interns and postdoctoral psychology fellows. 
Job functions of psychologists at the GS-11 level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or other 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.
The primary job functions of psychologists at the GS-12 level include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff. At the GS-13 level, the above functions are at a greater level of complexity and independent responsibility, and responsibilities may include development of specialized treatment tracks and performance improvement activities, as well as supervision and training of pre-doctoral psychology interns and postdoctoral psychology fellows.

Work Schedule: Altered Tour (10:00 am - 630pm) on 2-3 days/week to provide Family MH Program/Reach services in the evening. 8:00am to 4:30pm 

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized. 

Subject to availability of funds, selected candidate may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP)