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:
a. Active professional
practice. Active professional practice
means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist.
b. A full, current, and unrestricted license.
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.
a. Part-time Experience. Part-time experience is
creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek. For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours
per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit
for each 2 weeks of service.
Degree Fellowships. Post-doctoral
degree fellowships are training programs in an advanced area of clinical
practice. Training as a fellow may
substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.
c. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for
employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of
candidates. In addition the candidate
must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(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.
(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 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 KSAs:
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills,
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
3. Ability to incorporate new clinical
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.
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
(b) Experience. 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
2. Ability to provide professional advice and
consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
3. Knowledge of clinical research literature.
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 (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.
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Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.