ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
(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.
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 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. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
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.
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
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Psychology Qualification Standards VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G18 Dated March 17, 2006 and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0180.htm
Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Typically, employees sit comfortably to do the work. Light lifting (under 15 pounds), Light carrying (15 pounds),Reaching above shoulders, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (1 hour), both leg required (prosthesis allowed), both eyes required (glasses allowed), hearing (aid permitted), working closely with others, possess good social skills, emotional/mental stabillity, ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors.
A valid Drivers license is required for the Home Based Primary Care Psychologist.
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. You can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.
Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.
For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.