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Job Title:Psychologist (Mental Health)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-NV-13-Afi-894097

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$59,615.00 to $110,459.00 / Per Year


Friday, June 07, 2013 to Thursday, June 27, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Cincinnati, OH United StatesView Map


All groups of qualified individuals


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 894097 (Include # on all documents)

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 a GS-11 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.

Salary Ranges:

  • GS-11:  $59,615- $77,497
  • GS-12:  $71,455- $92,890
  • GS-13:  $84,970- $110,459


The Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center has an opening in the Trauma Recovery Division of the Mental Health Care Line for a full time Psychologist. This Psychologist will serve in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary outpatient, and residential program directed toward assisting Veterans with stress-related conditions and their families in the Veterans' readjustment to civilian life. This independent Psychologist will provide a full range of psycho-diagnostic assessments, therapeutic and psycho-educational interventions as well as, consultative services to any Veteran from any time of service who manifests symptoms of PTSD and/or any other stress/anxiety disorders and conditions. 


Position Title, series & grade: Psychologist GS-0180-11/12/13

Promotion Potential:  If position has promotion potential, the selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met.  Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

Work Schedule:  Day shift hours, Monday - Friday. 


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 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 .  


Relocation Expenses are not authorized.  


  • 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
  • Please see the REQUIREMENTS Section of this announcement


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This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. 

The incumbent will function independently providing a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnose mental and behavioral disorders particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients. Provides a full-range of therapeutic interventions including:  Evidence-based cognitive behavioral group and individual therapies for PTSD and related disorders. 

Provide education to patients family members and significant others. Provide comprehensive evidence based therapeutic interventions (e.g., Evidence-based cognitive behavioral group and individual therapies for PTSD and related disorders, 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. Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychology interns and/or practicum students. Incumbent 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. Provides professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health with patients with PTSD and other anxiety disorders.



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According to the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix F3, and per the Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0180 all of the basic qualification requirements below must be met in order to be eligible for a Psychologist position at the Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center.



Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States.


(1.) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology - accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.   The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.  Note: Approved doctoral programs are those from an accredited college or university whose curriculum in clinical psychology is approved at the time of applicant's graduation by the American Psychological Association (APA). ** Graduates of schools of Psychology that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school is fully accredited. 

(2.) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Note: The internship requirement is a vital and integral part of the basic requirements and as such must be fully and carefully evaluated.  Acceptable internships consist of an organized training program, in contrast to supervised experience or on-the-job training, designed to provide the intern with a planned, programmed sequence of training experiences with the primary purpose to assure breadth and quality of training.  Such internships may be gained in VA training programs which meet American Psychological Association (APA) internship requirements or in other health service settings whose internships are accredited by the APA.  Internships normally consist of 1 year training under a licensed psychologist in an organization with sufficient staff and varied programs to provide the required breadth and quality of training.  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.

Exception:  The Secretary / Appointing Officer may waive the licensure requirements and accept applications from unlicensed or uncertified candidates who have successfully completed the educational requirements subject to obtaining the required licensure or certification within 2 years following entry on duty 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.

Physical Requirements: A pre-employment physical will be required for this position.

English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. 



In addition to the basic requirements listed above, the following criteria must be met when determining if and at what grade level you meet the experience for the position:

Specialized Experience:  The experience must indicate the applicant's ability to perform the duties of a psychologist in the area of work and at the level of difficulty and responsibility of the grade for which being considered.

(A.) 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.

(B.) 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. The required amount of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification for a position. Your record of education and experience must clearly demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the duties of the position. The primary consideration is the quality and level of experience. Part time experience will be prorated in calculating the amount of qualifying experience.



GS-11:  (a) Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. (b) 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.


GS-12:   (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 a 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, (b) the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Demonstrated KSAs for GS-12:

  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.


GS-13:   (a) Licensure: 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. (b) Experience: You must possess two years of postdoctoral experience appropriate to the specialty area of the positionat least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  (c) In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(c) Demonstrated KSA's for GS-13: 

  1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient population.
  2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
  3. Knowledge of clinical research literature.

(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. 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.  


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, skill, 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.



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.   Graduates of schools of Psychology that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school is fully accredited.   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. ***

  • Probationary Period: This position requires the completion of an initial 1-year probationary period, if not already completed.
  • This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 
  • Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.
  • Incumbent will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug testing designated position are subject to random drug screen (urinalysis) for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA.
  • Background Investigation: New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Applicants must not be listed on the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) Exclusionary List.  


You are responsible for completing the application process. Please do not call the facility HR office to ask them to verify that you have completed the process/forms correctly.

Once the job announcement closes ( Thursday, June 27, 2013) & the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements & that you provided all of the required forms that are listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. 

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in service, etc.

If you do not submit all of the documents that are required for this announcement you will be marked ineligible and you will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). We will not be held responsible for incomplete applications.

Requests for reconsideration will not & can not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package by the closing date of the announcement.




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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 link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


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.


ICTAP and CTAP: The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .


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 .


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The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on   Thursday, June 27, 2013
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire by clicking on APPLY NOW and also by submitting the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

Some of the required forms include:

  • OF-306 Form - Declaration of Federal Employment Form.
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations. 


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below). 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.


Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  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.


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.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page f using  894097. 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.


For help uploading documents or for other general questions, please see the HELP/FAQ's link at the bottom of the USAJOBS webpage

You must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement.


  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations - signature required on ALL pages - Form is available at
  • OF306, Declaration for Federal Employment - - signature required on ALL pages.
  • Completed Online Questionnaire. - This is submited by clicking on the APPLY NOW and completing all of the questions & hitting the submit button OR by printing out the View Occupational Questionnaire and answering the questions using the 1203FX form ( ) and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.
  • If you are a Current or former federal employee:   Copy of your latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action). This is required to be considered an internal applicant. The SF-50 must indicate proof of status (for example, you were a career or a career-conditional employee) and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). Current VA Employee's - Please Note: The selecting official for this position is not allowed access to your electronic OPF which is why it is required for you to submit a thorough and complete resume to include all of your relevant work information (i.e., starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc)..  The resume you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a resume and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.


  • Résumé, CV, or any other written format -  (please make sure your resume includes where you worked, when (MM/YY), country of citizenship, and whether you were full-time or part-time.  If you were part time, be sure to state how many hours you worked).
  • Copy of Transcripts. - Official transcripts WILL be required if you are selected for the position. 
  • If you are a Veteran:   Copy of Member 4 DD-214. Your copies must be legible and must show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.   Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at .  Disabled veterans and other veterans eligible for 10-point preference must also submit an SF-15 with required proof.   If you are claiming entitlement for 10-point veterans preference, you MUST submit your DD-214 showing character of service; and SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) with the required VA letter dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service-connected disability of 10% or more. 


Angela Fitters
Phone: (513)559-3600x3660
Agency Information:
VHA Cincinnati VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH


You may check the status of your application anytime by simply logging in to Application Manager at:


The application process is very lengthy - Please do not call the Human Resources office to check on the status of your application. Once the Human Resources department knows any details of this announcement, you will receive a notice via the e-mail address that you provided.


Once the Human Resources Department knows the status of this position, you will be notified!

After you submit your application...
Once the job announcement closes, the Human Resources Department will review your complete application package (including any required documents), to determine if you meet the eligibility and Basic requirements for this particular position. **You will be notified by e-mail when this decision is made.

What happens when your application is referred?
If you meet all of the eligibility and basic requirements of this position, your application package will be referred to the selecting official in the Mental Health Care Line. Once the Selecting Official in Mental Health (which is not the HR Specialist) looks over all of the referred applications, he/she will then decide if they would like to contact you for an interview. The interview will be arranged and coordinated by the Selecting Official in Mental Health. **You will be notified by e-mail if your name is referred to the selecting official in Mental Health.

After interviewing is complete...
Once the Selecting Official in Mental Health decides on the best qualified candidate for the position, they will send the certificate back to Human Resources and all other candidates that are not selected will once again be notified of the outcome via the e-mail address provided.

What does the pre-appointment process entail?
At this point a tentative offer will be made to the applicant that the Mental Health Selecting Official chooses. If you are selected for this position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made. The more active you are in this process, the quicker you can be brought on board. There are a number of steps in the pre-employment process. Failure to complete the pre-employment process within three (3) calendar days will result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer. Once the selected applicant completes all requirements & all requirements have been verified, you will be contacted by a Human Resources Specialist to discuss an official start date and commitment package.

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