Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 982150

WHO WE ARE: 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.

MISSION & VISION: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." –Abraham Lincoln

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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities 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. Come join our team and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans.

The Perry Point VA Medical Center provides primary care and specialty outpatient services in a new outpatient care facility that was designed and constructed to better meet the needs of veterans by offering the latest medical technology, expanded clinical space and comfortable waiting areas and exam rooms.

The Perry Point VA Medical Center is located on a beautiful campus of approximately 400 acres on the banks of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay where patients can enjoy a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, swimming, bicycling and jogging. Plus, there is ample, free parking on the grounds.

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1. To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve

Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to veterans. We are an employer of choice who is a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs.


The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11 through GS-13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications 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.

TOUR OF DUTY: This is a full-time position; 8:00a-4:30p, Monday-Friday. Some evening, early morning and weekend hours are required to meet patient care needs and to improve Veteran access to care. 

PRIMARY DUTY LOCATION: Perry Point VA Medical Center. Minimal travel between sites may be required, for patient care and coordination of services, from time to time.

INCENTIVES: Relocation expenses, recruitment/relocation incentives are not authorized for this position. 


This position is assigned to the VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS), Mental Health Clinical Center (MHCC), at the Perry Point VA Medical Center campus. The incumbent will serve as a Trauma Specialist Psychologist, and will provide a full range of psychodiagnostic services, including assessment. The incumbent will utilize the most appropriate evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques, and provide quality care in the delivery of a full range of psychological and multidisciplinary services, within the outpatient programs of the Trauma Recovery Program (TRP).

The incumbent will provide evidence-based therapies, including but not limited to; Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). For all clinical duties, the incumbent will partner with the Outpatient PTSD Clinical Team (PCT), delivering specialty services for the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related trauma-spectrum disorders, participate in interdisciplinary team dispositions of patients within the PCT, and provide consultation services to medical center and CBOC staff on a wide variety of patient care issues; particularly related to identifying PTSD concerns and related needs of Veterans from all eras of service. S/he will provide ethical individual and group mental health services to eligible combat and non-combat Veterans (wartime service members including Veterans from all combat zones, including but not necessarily limited to World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, and Panama conflicts, East Timor conflict, Persian Gulf War and Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) and non-combat service members with military sexual trauma or other traumas incurred during military service). 

General duties also include, but are not limited to, assessment and referral services; design and preparation of diagnostic assessments; provide entry-level services for Veterans of all service eras; formulate and provide individual and group treatments; prepare initial and updated treatment plans; and planning for follow-up care after completion of treatment. The incumbent will provide Employee Assistance Program counseling when called upon for such services and will work in the Emergency Department or Urgent Care areas as needed. The incumbent may conduct compensation, pension, and police evaluations after proper training. The incumbent will perform others duties as requested or assigned.

Travel Required

  • Not Required