- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education. 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.
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.
- English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be
proficient in spoken and written English.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
GS-11 - None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-12 - 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 as 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, the candidate must demonstrate the following
1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of
professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of
2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.
3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
GS-13 - 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:
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.
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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only 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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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.
Physical Requirements: The work is largely office based and in a sedentary setting. No manual labor is required above ordinary situations.
Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.