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Job Title:  Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  405-13-PTSD-871035-003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 11, 2013 to Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Term
1 vacancy in the following location:
White River Junction, VT United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 871035

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.  

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 in the range of GS 12 to GS-13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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The psychologist’s primary responsibility is to develop programs that fulfill the educational mandate of the National Center for PTSD and supports the Deputy for Education. Represents the National Center in outreach and educational activities with Center Divisions, VA Central Office, VA organizations, and outside academic institutions. Responsibilities include:

1.     Providing education about PTSD to professional staff at VA and non VA organizations.

2.     Enhancing collaboration among Center Divisions and develop relationships between Divisions and with other federal and non-federal entities to support the NC-PTSD mission.

3.     Facilitates and assists with the development of educational products, services and manuscripts for customers so that relevant information is provided accurately in a format appropriate for a target audience.

4.     Assisting in the preparation of educational proposals relevant to the Center’s mission.


Assists the Deputy for Education with the design and implementation of Center research projects and ensures that projects meet accepted scientific and ethical standards.  Responsible for:

1.     Facilitates and assists in the development of research projects and manuscripts to further the Center’s mission.

2.     Assists in the preparation of research proposals relevant to the Center’s mission and facilitates and enhances collaborations Center-wide.

3.     Serving as a liaison with VA Research and Development and IRB to promote the Center’s research on research studies specifically the grant titled “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for PTSD in Veterans with Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders”.

4.     Supervises research study therapists and assessors on best practices for PTSD treatment and assessment of PTSD and other mental health disorders, with major supervisory duties for the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) and the Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-IV (SCID).

5.     The psychologist is available to develop, conduct, and facilitate research projects as needed.


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BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are

prescribed by: Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. § 7402. To qualify for appointment, all

applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:


a. Citizenship.

Citizen of the United States.


b. Education.

   (1) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the

American Psychological Association (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.


c. 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



(f) Physical Requirements.

See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


(g) English Language Proficiency:

Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.




(a) Experience. In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience

as a professional psychologist 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. In addition, the candidate must

demonstrate the following KSAs:

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

(c) Assignment. 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.



(a) 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


(b) Experience. In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional

year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition the candidate

must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional 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.

4. For supervisory assignments

a. Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in

order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.

b. Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes

shared accountability.

(d) Assignments. This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level

psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of

psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They are assigned to any

VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology,

rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational


1. Staff Psychologists 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. They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care

issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G18,

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
   ·Other (10-2850c, License)
   ·Other Veterans Document

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

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 871035.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Phillip Davis
Phone: (802)295-9363x5328
Agency Information:
VHA White River Junction VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
215 North Main Street
Human Resources
White River Jct, VT


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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