Job Overview


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 995978



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 Atlanta VAMC has 405 authorized inpatient beds (273 hospital, 120 Community Living Center and 12 PRRTP) and is a tertiary care facility classified as a Complexity Level 1A facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services complete with state-of-the-art technology, education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through emergency medicine, primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. The Atlanta VAMC is part of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), which includes facilities in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The Atlanta VAMC Community Living Center serves metro Atlanta and includes extended care rehabilitation, psycho-geriatric care, and general long term care. The facility also serves as a prosthetics treatment center, fabricating and supplying mechanical devices such as artificial limbs for patients within the states of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13.  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.

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.

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


This Clinical/Pain Psychologist will serve as a professional staff member in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Section of the Geriatrics & Extended Care Service Line. The incumbent provides a full range of psychological services within the areas of assignment that include: Pain Psychology/Behavioral Medicine/Behavior Health. Other duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

· Administrative duties, including developing and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers. Also, scheduling of Veterans and related issues, returning Veterans' phone calls, Report writing, and attending organizational meetings.

· Provide a full range of diagnostic and evaluation services appropriate to the interdisciplinary pain management setting, especially in the areas of psychological evaluation of emotional and behavioral problems and suicide assessment.

· Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned case load of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.

· Use a variety of intelligence and personality assessment measures.

· Facilitates patient and family education appropriate to the setting and the specific presenting issues.

· Plan appropriate clinical treatment for individual patients based on data gathered during assessments.

· Promote, supervise and provide individual and group psychotherapy.

· Lead a group and/or conduct individual therapy sessions using a full range of therapeutic techniques and skills.

· Provides consultation services to support team decision-making, building on physician and healthcare team interventions and improving team-patient working relationships.

· Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues..

· Remains involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

Functional Statement # 80140

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (Management reserves the right to determine and change the work schedule)

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation and Recruitment Incentives are not authorized for this position.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No