Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 980842

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!

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

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


The incumbent will function as a Clinical Psychologist at the James A. Haley VA Hospital, a 415-bed Level 1A medical center affiliated with the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. The Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service (MH&BSS) is a large, complex organization consisting of the following components: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Program, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, Inpatient Psychiatry, TBI/Polytrauma/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services Mental Health Services, Chronic Rehabilitation Pain Program, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program, Outpatient Psychology, Inpatient Psychology, Mental Health Clinic, Mental Health Primary Care Clinic, and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The Psychology Section of the MH&BSS has active APA-accredited

predoctoral and postdoctoral training programs that espouse the scientist-practitioner model. The incumbent may have the opportunity to be involved in a range of these training activities. Florida is recognized for its temperate climate, beautiful beaches, abundant housing options, and lack of state income tax. The following positions are currently open. Applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter specifying the position(s) of interest to

Spinal Cord Injury Psychologist - Primary responsibilities will include assessment and rehabilitation interventions as a member of an interdisciplinary spinal cord injury treatment team. In addition to inpatient and outpatient services at the hospital, some delivery of care in the patients’ residences will be required. Experience in assessing and treating individuals with spinal cord injury or dysfunction is required.

PTSD Psychologist- The incumbent will serve as a clinician and research scientist specializing in the treatment and investigation of PTSD within the Trauma Recovery Program (Outpatient Combat and Military Sexual Trauma Teams). Primary responsibilities will include delivery of empirically supported interventions and comprehensive diagnostic assessment. Experience with Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapies is preferred. Research responsibilities will include development and implementation of an independent program of funded investigation in the field of trauma, as well as mentorship and collaboration with early career clinical staff seeking to pursue funded and unfunded research interests. Opportunities to collaborate on existing IRB-approved research projects may be available. Applicants with a history of successful publication and funding in the field of PTSD are preferred. Additional responsibilities include multidisciplinary consultation and participation in the psychology practicum student, intern and postdoctoral fellow training programs.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, varying schedules from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. as necessary 

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.


Travel Required

  • Not Required