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Job Title:  Psychologist (Clinical - EBP/PTSD)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-626-13-979213-DSO

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 to Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Murfreesboro, TN View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  979213

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.


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






Relocation expenses and/or incentives are not authorized.

Murfreesboro offers affordable living with picturesque seasons and an abundance of recreational and entertainment activities.  Murfreesboro is home to several historical landmarks including Cannonsburgh Village and Stones River National Battle Field.  It is also located close to Nashville, better known as 'Music City USA,' the capital of Tennessee, and home of the Tennessee Titans NFL and Nashville Predators NHL teams.  Tennessee does not have a state income tax.


The Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (EBP) for Posttraumatic Stress Disorders Psychologist/Telemental Health Provider will be located in the Mental Health Care Line Posttraumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) program at the Alvin C. York Campus, Murfreesboro, TN.  The incumbent will report to the Chief of Psychology.



  • U.S. Citizenship Required; Must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology
  • Pre-employment physical examination required
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and have a good driving record


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The Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (EBP) for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Provider is a licensed, independent psychologist whose primary function is the delivery of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and/or Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE).  Fifty percent (50%) of the clinical duties will be via telemental health modalities, such as clinical video teleconferencing (CVT).  The incumbent should have completed or will complete competency-based training in CPT or PE.  He/she needs to be familiar with or will learn how to deliver CPT or PE through telemental health modalities.  He/she will participate in national program evaluation procedures designed to assess clinical impact, patient satisfaction, and other aspects associated with the delivery of evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD through telemental health modalities coordinated by the Office of Mental Health Services in VA Central Office as part of the national Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for PTSD telemental Health Initiative.  Incumbent will:

  • Diagnose mental disorders, particularly PTSD, and conduct psychological and/or cognitive function assessments and neuropsychological screenings.
  • Treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, particularly PTSD, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.
  • Deliver Cognitive Processing Therapy and/or Prolonged Exposure Therapy through telemental health modalities as a primary function, and provide a range of other established psychotherapeutic interventions through telemental health modalities, when needed and clinically appropriate.
  • Perform evaluations for psychodiagnosis, treatment planning and functional evaluations, particularly for PTSD.
  • Provide a full range of therapeutic interventions including individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, consultation, rehabilitation, and psychoeducation.
  • Consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.  Staff clinical psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.
  • Provide training and clinical supervision to psychology trainees, psychology technicians, and unlicensed psychologists.
  • Be involved in Psychology Training Program and Training Committee
  • Provide leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units to which assigned.
  • Serve as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients.
  • Possibly hold a faculty appointment at affiliated university.
  • Create, monitor, and analyze program monitors and outcome measurements within programs assigned using data-driven quality assurance processes, as assigned.
  • Be responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate.
  • Plan and oversee the completion of personal research programs, designed to provide information regarding program planning and relevant treatment approaches, as applicable.
  • Present outcome data  and research results at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings, if applicable.
  • Assist in preparation of Request for Proposals (RFPs), and grant proposals, as assigned.
  • Have contact on a regular and recurring basis with individuals representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view.
  • Serve on Medical Center, Veterans Integrated Systems Network, and National VA committees as required or recommended.
  • Assure the needs and rights of patients and other customers are met while also supporting VA missions.
  • Represent the Medical Center at professional community group/events and committees, in conferences/meetings with high ranking managers, supervisors, and staff from other disciplines or work units, and/or with representatives of local public interest groups, congressional district offices, and employees of State and local governments.


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The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by: Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. § 7402. To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:


a. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)


b. Education:


(1) 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.




(2) 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.


c.  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.


Specialized Experience: 

GS-12 - 1 year of experience as a Psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-11

GS-13  - 1 year of experience as a Psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-12


Loss of Credential.  An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.


Physical Demands: Work is generally sedentary.  Typically, the Psychologist sits comfortably to do the work.  However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, small pieces of equipment and supplies, or driving an automobile.  No special physical demands are required to perform the work. 


Work Environment: Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts of a medical center/hospital environment that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting and training rooms, or libraries.  The workspace is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.


English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.


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. [If applicable]


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



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.)  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:    All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

FOREIGN EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Conditions of Employment: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.
  • 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407 (d) require that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English. 


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


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


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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onTuesday, November 05, 2013 to receive consideration.


  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 979213
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, November 05, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



      The following documents are required:

      • CV and/or Resume
      • Application for Associated Health Occupations VA 10-2850c
      • Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306). (Oct 2011 Version must be submitted - Previous editions obsolete and unusable) (Current TVHS employees ARE NOT REQUIRED to submit this form). Applicants who are not current TVHS employees will be rated ineligible if this form is not submitted. Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (9-15) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.
      • Questionnaire
      • Copy of your transcripts
      • Copy of your Psychologist license
      • Any other documents required by the checklist


      Pamela Hays
      Phone: (615)225-3726
      Agency Information:
      Mental Health Care Line
      3400 Lebanon Pike
      Murfreesboro, TN


      After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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