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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist (PTSD)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  DU-13-RDa-885184-MHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$84,317.00 to $109,611.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Durham, NC United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 885184 (Include # on all documents)

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?


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

Grade & Step level to be determined by Professional Standards Board

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, Background & or Security Investigation required
  • PhD in clinical or counseling psychology or PsyD in clinical psychology
  • Graduate training program accredited by the American Psychology Association
  • PTSD training & experience
  • Designated & or Random Drug Testing as well as Pre emp. physical
  • Background and or-Security Investigation required


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Clinical Responsibilities

The clinical work for this position will occur in the PTSD Clinic.  This interdisciplinary program provides mental health care for Veterans from all combat eras including WWII, Korean, Viet Nam, Gulf War, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi/New Dawn.  The psychologist who fills this position will be expected to collaborate with other clinicians on the DVAMC Medical and Mental Health Staff for their care.  These collaborative relationships include other DVAMC mental health programs, the Traumatic Brain Injury /Polytrauma program, and the Post-Deployment Primary Care program.  The incumbent will provide a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnose mental and behavioral disorders particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients. Provide education to patients family members and significant others.  Provide comprehensive evidence based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure, etc.) including individual, family and group psychotherapy. Develop, implement, and document the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Serve as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator for assigned patients. Function independently as a member of DVAMC Medical Staff with full clinical privileges.  Assume complete professional responsibility for her/his assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. 


Administrative responsibilities


1.    Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

2.    Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

3.    Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Service Line Chief (or designee) and facility Director.

4.    Attends Psychology Service staff meetings and complies with Psychology Service peer review procedures.


5.    May serve as first line supervisor for a limited number (< 4) of paraprofessional or technical staff.


Teaching and Training

1.      Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychology interns and/or practicum students.


2.      Completes formal written trainee evaluations in a timely manner at periods required by the psychology internship training program.

3.      May hold faculty position at the Associate, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank at the affiliated university medical center (Duke University Medical Center) and engage in teaching activities there.


Research (optional):

May engage in non-funded or VA funded research and devote up to 20% of her/his time to this activity per approval of the supervising psychologist and Chief, Mental Health Service Line.

  1. As function of a concurrent faculty position, may engage in funded or unfunded research activities at the affiliated university medical center and engage.
  2. May publish results of research in scientific, peer-reviewed journals and/or present research findings at scientific meetings.
  3.  Supervisory Controls:

    The psychologist exercises independent judgment in the practice and provision of psychological services (clinical care, consultation, and education).  S/he consults with peers, her/his first line supervisor, the Senior Psychologist, and the Service Line Chief, as needed.  The Senior Psychologist acts as the approving official for the staff psychologist to ensure adherence to professional standards of the practice of psychology as well as fulfillment of responsibilities for training psychology interns. 






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1.      Doctoral degree in Psychology from APA Accredited Graduate Program in an area of training consistent with the assignment for

     which the applicant is employed. 

2.      Internship in professional psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association

3.      Professional Psychology Licensure: Must hold a full, current and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral

     level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia

4.      Must  have prior  professional experience as a psychologist (at a minimum this must be two years of clinical experience comparable to what one would get in a VA setting, either by participation in a postdoctoral training program or employment as a psychologist)


GS-13: (a) Licensure. Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practive psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the Unites States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia..2 years of postdoctoral experience which included the ability to diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(b) Experience. In addition to the experience requiremetnts 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:


The staff psychologist holds a state license to practice psychology with Health Services Provider designation and has at least one year pre-doctoral work experience and two years postdoctoral work experience as a psychologist in the VHA or a comparable professional setting.  This individual also meeting the following requirements:


  1. 1.  Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full 
  2.      range of patient populations.
  3. 2.  Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and
  4.      behavioral health.
  5. 3.  Training and experience in cognitive behavior therapies, including evidenced based therapies for treatment of
  6.     PTSD.
  7. 4.  Knowledge of clinical research literature.
  8. For supervisory assignments:

·         Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.

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


 See VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 for additional details.


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.

*** 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


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: 885184.  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 Monday, May 20, 2013.


You 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.

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  

If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).  


Renu Dass
Phone: (919)286-0411x6478
Agency Information:
Thank You, NC


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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