Job Overview


Vacancy ID# 1019056 

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?


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 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”]

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


Major Duties:

This position encompasses two major roles for the staff psychologist:

Providing direct mental health services (psychological assessment and treatment) to clients enrolled in Home-Based Primary Care, typically in their homes in the community. On occasion, this role may also involve providing psychological services as well to clients faced with geriatric mental health issues throughout BVAC, GEC, and MVAC. This aspect of the assignment includes assessment, evaluation of decisional capacity, psychotherapy, and treatment planning for a variety of mental health conditions.

 Providing consultation on geriatric mental health issues to the HBPC treatment teams, but also to other treatment teams and providers throughout the medical center and the associated outpatient clinic. This role will also encompass the coordination of integrated or sequential treatments which involve other providers, program planning consultation, and the facilitation of treatment planning in multidisciplinary teams for evidence-based treatments.

It is expected that the incumbent will successfully coordinate service delivery throughout the HBPC teams, but also with the PTSD Clinical Team, the Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Coordinator, Substance Abuse Services, and other Behavioral Health Care Line services, the Geriatrics and Extended Care Line, and the Medical VA Care Line, as needed. The primary job functions will include the provision of direct psychological patient care, treatments delivered via tele-mental health and computer linkages, consultation on difficult or complex cases, interdisciplinary planning for the delivery of evidence-based therapies, education of staff about mental health issues in the geriatric population, and trainee supervision. The psychologist would be expected to have advanced skill in "evidence-based psychotherapy" practices, and to use such techniques and protocols in their daily practice.

The psychologist applies advanced therapeutic strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting. He/she has advanced knowledge of culturally-sensitive psychological assessment techniques, diagnosis, and intervention that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The incumbent is also required to exercise judgment in the selection or adaptation of standard and accepted psychological theories, techniques, and practices in treating patients or developing new techniques and programs for the treatment of clinical populations, and to independently plan and implement treatment in a creative, flexible manner.


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No