Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 907088

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 vacancy is advertised at the range of the grade covered by the VA qualifications standard.  The incumbent will serve as a Team Member for an inter-professional clinical team (Primary Care-Behavioral Medicine Team), co-located with the Primary Care medical teams, with an emphasis on integration of Mental Health Services within Primary Care. 

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.

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 to the 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

Duties

Provides a full range of diagnostic and evaluation services appropriate to the primary care setting, especially in the areas of general psychological evaluation of emotional and behavioral problems and focused cognitive assessments.  Other duties include but not limited to the following:

  • Provide a full range of psychological interventions consistent with training and expertise, with special emphasis on brief and evidenced-based interventions found to be effective in primary care settings
  • Facilitate patient and family education appropriate to the primary care setting and the specific presenting mental or behavioral health issues.
  • Provides consultation services for primary care providers to maximize the effectiveness of their interventions in reducing health-risk behaviors and enhancing health promoting behaviors.
  • Provides clinical care management when appropriate directly to an assigned cohort of patients.
  • Provides compensation and pension evaluations in rotation with other psychologists at Dayton VA Medical Center.
  • Provides consultation and training to Primary Care Service staff in the identification and management of common mental and behavioral health disorders that present in a primary care setting
  • Develops programs together with other primary care staff members for teaching and/or improving the core behavioral health skills.
  • Supervises postdoctoral residents, pre-doctoral and practicum Psychology trainees, and may participate in the supervision of trainees in other disciplines, including medical and psychiatric residents assigned to the Primary Care Service for rotations.
  • Participates in clinical care management functions with members of the Primary Care Team.
  • Actively works to support program planning, outcome evaluation and staff development activities.
  • Monitors and established procedures to contribute to the improvement of population outcomes for both general primary care patients and for disease-specific populations (i.e. diabetes, hepatitis C, hypertension, COPD).