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Job Title:  Psychologist (C&P)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  JP-13-DNS-908634-MHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$64,724.00 to $119,926.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 to Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy - Houston, TX United States  View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 908634

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

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 professionals 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 transitioning 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!

To find out more, go to

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.



  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination


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This position is located at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center (MEDVAMC), in Mental Health Care Line (MHCL). The Psychologist will primarily function as a professional who provides competent and timely psychological assessments in response to requests for compensation and pension (C&P) evaluations. 

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Diagnose mental disorders through psychological assessments;
  • Provide a full range of psychodiagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care;
  • Perform evaluations for Veterans with a variety of psychological disorders including: PTSD, Depression, TBI, and other mental disorders;
  • Providing compensation and pension evaluations
  • Supervise psychology trainees;
  • Timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system;
  • Assisting in preparation of grant proposals;
  • Provide clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training, including trainees seeking licensure in Psychology, and may be involved in Psychology Training Program; and
  • Occasionally providing additional psychological services including: individual and group psychotherapy, as well as a full range of therapeutic interventions including individual and family psychotherapy, caregiver support, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and interpersonal therapy within the outpatient and inpatient settings when there is a need;
  • Other duties as assigned

Work Schedule:  Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm (may also be required to work weekends, evenings, or other irregular tours of duty)

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.


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  • U.S. citizenship
  • English language proficiency (written and spoken)
  • Physical standards - Light lifting (under 15 pounds); Light carrying (under 15 pounds); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1 to 4; Hearing without aid; Mental and emotional stability.
  • Education - Must possess a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Internship - Must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • License - Must possess 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. NOTE:  Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist.


REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-11:   None beyond the basic requirements.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-12:  In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  Applicants must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
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.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-13:  In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, applicants must have at least one year additional experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  Applicants must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1) Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and neuropsychological assessment 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.


References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006.

Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. 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.

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


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.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 09, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX 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:

  1. Complete this cover page  using the following Vacancy ID 908634.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Occupational Questionnaire 
  2. CV or Resume 
  3. VA Form 10- 2850c - Application For Associated Health Occupations -  Available at
  4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration 
  5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired
  6. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at
  7. Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  8. If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.


Human Resources
Phone: (713)794-7458
Agency Information:
Mental Health Care Line
2002 Holcombe
Houston, TX


You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Tuesday, July 09, 2013.

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