Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Psychologist (SATC/BHL)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-603-13-RY886927-G-B

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Monday, May 06, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Louisville, KY United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 886927

OUR MISSION: 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.


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With openings in multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is the VA 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 offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.


The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1c facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in central and western Kentucky and in southern Indiana.


In recognition of continued efforts to improve patient care, the medical center was awarded the Robert W. Carey 2007 Performance Achievement Award, 2008 Performance Excellence Award, 2009 Trophy Award and 2010 Circle of Excellence Award, and the 2009 Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence Achievement Award.


How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to



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.


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-11to 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.


Relocation Expenses: Relocation Expenses are not authorized for this position.

Appraised Value Offer Program (AVO): Appraised Value Offer Program (AVO, formerly GHBO) are not authorized for this position.


The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


  • 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


Back to top

This position is located in the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service (MH&BSS) of the Robley Rex VAMC. This full time position consists of a psychologist that participates in a full range of psychotherapeutic, diagnostic and training activities under the supervision of the Supervisory Psychologist in the Mental Health & Behavioral Science Service. S/he is responsible for the provision of both Substance Use Disorders (SUD) treatment and Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) services at the Ft Knox CBOC. As part of a multidisciplinary substance use disorder treatment team, this psychologist performs substance use disorder assessments, level of care determinations, evidence-based individual and group psychotherapy for substance use disorders as well as collaborative treatment planning and program development. As part of the Primary Care-Mental Health (PC-MHI) team, this psychologist is co-located within the primary care clinic and performs collaborative crisis/risk assessment, general assessment, triage, and brief therapy services as part of the medical primary care team.  Their responsibilities also include care management services, to include baseline screening report interpretation and follow-up care management with the Behavioral Health Lab VISN 09 Call Center support.  


S/he may participate in the supervision of psychology students at various levels or training and will serve as consultant to other disciplines in the area of behavioral and mental health. S/he also participates in the professional activities of the Mental Health & Behavioral Science Service and the Medical Center at the direction or approval of the Senior Supervisory Psychologist and, ultimately, the Chief of Mental Health.   These activities may include, but are not necessarily limited to:  administrative committees of Mental Health and/or the Medical Center, continuing education, training, research, and treatment/program evaluation. S/he functions as a member of the Louisville VAMC Medical Staff with full clinical privileges.  He/she complies with all documentation and coding procedures, as well as national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. 


PRIMARY DUTY STATION: This position will work from Fort Knox Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) with some travel to the Louisville VA Medical Center and other CBOCs within the community as needed.

WORK SCHEDULE:  Monday - Friday, 8-4:30.


Physical Requirements: The work is usually sedentary, but it requires periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, lap tops and other similar materials.

Light Lifting (under 15 pounds); Light Carrying (Under 15 pounds); Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted).  The candidate selected must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment.



Back to top



·         Must be a U.S. Citizen.  


·         Must be proficient in written and spoken English. 


·         Must 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: The Secretary may waive the requirement of license for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed.  Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C., 7405 (a)(1)(D).  Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment..  This may result in termination of employment. 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 have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or am covered by one of the following exceptions.  Exceptions: 1) new VHA psychology internship program 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 requirements.


Basic education requirement for all grades:   Applicant must 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.  You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this education.

Creditable Experience:
Current Professional Psychology Practice:
  To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice.  Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program.  This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:
1. Active professional practice.  Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist.
2. A full, current, and unrestricted license.

Quality of Experience:  Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed.  Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional psychology experience at the next lower level.

Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships:  Post-doctoral degree fellowships are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice.  Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

Grade Determinations:  In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:
  None beyond the basic requirements.
Assignment:  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.

  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. 

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAs): In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below.
• 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.
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.

  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.
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. 
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAs): In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below.
• 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 clinical research literature.
Assignments:  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 Development.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G-18: PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-180


Preferred Experience:  


·         Applicant should have an unrestricted license

·         Strong foundation in evidence based psychotherapy and diagnosis in the areas of substance use and primary care mental health integration

·         Paid experience treating adults with substance abuse disorders and more than one year’s full time experience treating adults with non-substance abuse related mental disorders in the last 5 years.

·         Paid experience providing psychological services in an outpatient primary care or medical setting in the last 5 years.

·         Paid experience working with the Veteran population in the last 5 years. (5 points)

·         Demonstrated dependability and responsible leave usage.

·         Group facilitation knowledge and experience desirable.





You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined above. When describing your knowledge, skills, and abilities, please be sure to give examples and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of the people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc


References:  For a complete listing of the basic requirements, please refer to reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix F3, Psychology Series and U.S. Office of Personnel Management Psychology

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.


Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.  Applications submitted without this information may not be considered.


Original transcripts will not be returned.


*** You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States at the time of application. If 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 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.


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 are responsible for ensuring your complete application is submitted by the closing date of the announcement.


Back to top

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


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.


This job opportunity may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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


Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.


Vet-Pro (VA electronic credentialing system): Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005. As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certificate, or registration using Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.


***Relocation AND/OR Recruitment INCENTIVE(s) MAY BE authorized for an exceptionally well qualified applicant.***


Back to top

When applying for this position, to be found qualified, you must provide a complete application package (see "Required Documents" section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 20, 2013 to receive consideration.


HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online. (Note: Mailed/emailed applications will NOT be accepted.)

  1. 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.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


NOTE: To change or update your application, simply re-apply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. 


It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.


To verify your application is complete or to check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account ( ), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status 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.


If you cannot apply online:You will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire (View Occupational Questionnaire) by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( ) and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


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 NON-BARGANING DELETE) Employees may also submit their application package to the HR Office by 4:30 pm on Monday, May 20, 2013. The HR Office will fax the application package to the processing center at the number indicated above. The HR Office will not be responsible for incomplete submissions.


Occupational questionnaires must be submitted within seven days of the closing date of the announcement. Employees may fax the occupational questionnaire to the processing center as identified above or may submit to the HR Office.


*** Having trouble applying for VA Vacancies? – an applicant guide "VA Guide to: Applying for VA Vacancies" is now available:  ***


Faxing Supporting Documents:

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


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 886927.
  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 Monday, May 20, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using 886927. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


What to expect next:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents [listed below]), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • CV or Resume (required).
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (required).
  • Occupational Questionnaire (required). 
  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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 most recent SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action that is not an award. (required)


Failure to submit the required documents will result in a determination of ineligible. You will not be contacted for additional information.


Optional Documentation: you may submit (this documentation is not required to process your application package; however if selected will be required at a later date)



Cheryl L. Quebbeman
Phone: (502)287-4513
Agency Information:
VHA Louisville VAMC
Louisville, KY


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.

Back to top
EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory Guidance