Job Overview


OUR MISSION: 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?

We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

In Indianapolis, it's so easy to do so much offering big-city amenities in a convenient, easy-to-navigate package wrapped in a friendly, inviting atmosphere.

The nation's 13th largest city has gone through a dramatic revitalization and a stunning renaissance that makes it a different place than it was just a decade ago. Indy is the perfect balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm that makes it a successful destination for leisure travel, conventions and group tours, catering to more than 21 million visitors a year.

As a VA Clinical Psychologist, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

NOTE: Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentives are not approved for this vacancy, PCS is not approved.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


NOTE: Standard tour of duty for this position is - Monday - Friday working 8:00 am - 4:30 pm OR 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.

NOTE: Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentives are not approved for this vacancy.

Position Number/Functional Statement:000000 (Pain Program/Palliative Care Program Psychologist)

Duties and Responsibilities of Clinical Psychologist for the Pain Program & Palliative Care Program may include, but are not limited to:

The incumbent serves as a Staff Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, with assignments to the PM&R Pain Program and the Palliative Care Program.  

S/he consults with peers, the Medical Director of the PMRS Pain Program and team, the Director of the Palliative Care Program, the Psychiatry department, the Psychology Lead, and staff from other disciplines, as needed.  The Medical Director of the PMRS Pain Program and the Medical Director the Palliative Care Program, in consultation with the Psychology Lead, act as the clinical directors for the psychologist, to ensure adherence to professional standards of the practice of psychology as well as fulfillment of responsibilities for the delivery of direct services.   The Psychologist reports directly to the Lead Psychologist for supervisory controls.

·      Psychotherapy – Independently provides individual, family and group psychotherapy within the Pain Program (approximately 75% of clinical time) and the Palliative Care Program. Intervention is determined by patient needs, utilizing a variety of accepted treatment techniques, including complementary medicine approaches in the treatment of chronic pain conditions.  Knowledge regarding and ability to independently apply empirically supported interventions is required.   Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions for patients and their families, including assessing adjustments to illness/injury, coping style and its effectiveness, and the contribution official dom conditions to current emotional functioning and vice versa.  

·     Consultation - functions professionally and appropriately in multidisciplinary settings.  Works in a cooperative, collaborative, professional and productive manner with psychology staff and staff from other disciplines in a variety of contexts in order to advance the goals of the VISN.  Examples of these contexts include multidisciplinary team meetings, program planning, and educational meetings.    Serves as a consulting expert in psychological services to Pain Clinic and Palliative Care, and other relevant treatment personnel and medical center management.   Participates in the processing of e-consults and tele-health as needed.

·     Administrative Responsibilities - is responsible for the provision of comprehensive documentation which details adequacy, nature,and scope of services rendered and validation of responsibility and accountability.  Such reports are represented in treatment plans, progress notes, psychological evaluations, consultations, and other administrative activities as delegated by the Psychology Director or Mental Health Service Chief.



Travel Required

  • Not Required