Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 914549 (Include # on all documents)


The applicant selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program. (VHA Directive 1020 and VHA Handbook 1020.1 & 1020.2)

Recruitment incentive is negotiable.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.     

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health support staff who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transition from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more



The psychologist provides a full range of psychological assessment service and diagnoses of mental disorders particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients. Provides education to patient, family members, and significant others. The psychologist  applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in the Chemical Dependency Treatment program (CDTP) and Dual Diagnosis Treatment program (DDTP). This position provides individual psychotherapy to veterans with chronic and difficult to treat co-occurring disorders, and is a member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team implementing measurable timed goals and objectives that meet Joint Commission standards of intense outpatient substance abuse treatment. Initiates and participates in clinical Performance improvement studies in substance abuse, helps coordinates the integration of substance abuse treatment with other medical and mental health services in the VA such as Inpatient unit, Emergency department, Primary Care and Outpatient Mental Health. This position is organizationally responsible to the Chief, Mental Health Service.

Preferred experience:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level. Experience is post-doctoral clinical experience.

Experience in Chemical Dependency Treatment programs.