Job Overview


Service:   National Center for PTSD

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 886784 


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. 

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

 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 and leadership positions 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. 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


Who May Apply:
• U.S. Citizens


The National Center for PTSD, Behavioral Sciences Psychologist position is located, at the Jamaica Plain campus of the VA Boston Healthcare System. The incumbent will conduct scientific investigations and contribute to both generation and dissemination of knowledge in support of the research and educational missions of the National Center for PTSD. The overall objective is to advance understanding, evaluation, prevention, and treatment of PTSD, its associated co-occurring conditions and the broad range of consequences from deployment-related and traumatic stress.  The incumbent also will provide training on research and clinical topics, including supervision of research and clinical activities by students and trainees, and will deliver clinical services for the benefit of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and associated co-occurring conditions. Incumbent will investigate issues important to the assessment, prevention, and treatment of the long-term psychological effects of trauma froma life course developmental perspective. Areas of interest will include trauma, PTSD, aging, late-onset stress, and quantitative research methods. Research skills will include secondary data analysis of large longitudinal datasets,treatment outcome research, conceptualization and psychometric assessment ofclinical constructs, and development and validation of evidence-basedinterventions. The incumbent's research will focus on aging issues specific toVeterans with PTSD and related conditions, potentially involving relevant collaboration with other staff members within the National Center for PTSD, at the Boston VA as well as with investigators at other VA and non-VA institutions. The incumbent will provide training at many levels, potentially involving psychology practicum students, research technicians, predoctoral interns, post doctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, and other VA health care providers. The incumbent will deliver direct clinical care to veterans with PTSD by providing assessment and therapeutic intervention, and will consult with other staff members to assist with treatment planning and care coordination for adult veterans who receive PTSD services. Incumbent will comply with national and local employee education requirements and performance measures, including mandated training deadlines and requirements for timely screening and documentation. The incumbent will participate in various service, committee, departmental, and National Center meetings.  

WORK SCHEDULE:   Full time  -  Monday through Friday  8:00am to 4:30pm


NOTE: This position will be a Four year Term Appointment

NOTE: This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.

NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.

NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.

NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.

NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

NOTE: Time-in-Grade Restriction - Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service.

NOTE: Salary will be commensurate with experience.