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Job Title:  Neuropsychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  EC-14-554-MT-EXT-1039482

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

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$57,982.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 to Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Colorado Springs, CO View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1039482 (Include # on all documents)

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 incumbent serves as a fully qualified neuropsychologist  with a full, active, unrestricted licensure covered within the U.S. and it's territories, located in the Compensation and Pension Section with assignment at the DoD/VA Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) at Fort Carson, CO.   A clinical neuropsychologist is a professional psychologist trained in the science of brain-behavior relationships. The clinical neuropsychologist specializes in the application of assessment and intervention principles based on the scientific study of human behavior across the lifespan as it relates to normal and abnormal functioning of the central nervous system.


Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is 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.




  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • Relocation or Recruitment Incentive is authorized for this position and may be provided to a highly qualified candidate.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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The incumbent will have to possess a full, active and unrestricted license in psychology in order to perform the duties required of this position.  Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including neuropsychological assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. Performs neuropsychological evaluations for outpatient and medical inpatient veterans and active-duty military. May provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: therapeutic feedback sessions, psychotherapy for anxiety disorders, couples counseling for coping an adaptation to mental and physical change, as needed. Consults with ECHCS and DOD staff as appropriate under HIPPA regulations on a wide variety of patient care and disability evaluation issues.


May provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training, including pre-doctoral practicum students and pre-doctoral interns, as needed. Supports activities of Psychology Training Program and participates in relevant educational seminars. Participates in improvement of clinical supervision skills.


Responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation. Reports to the Physician Supervisor, Colorado Springs, under Section Chief of Compensation and Pension. Maintains ongoing scholarly and continuing education activity in psychology and neuropsychology. Participates in research with relevant populations as opportunities arise. Participates in psychology peer review.


Clinical neuropsychologists possess the following generic clinical skills and skills in clinical neuropsychology. These core skills may be acquired through multiple pathways, but not limited to courses, and may come through other documentable didactic methods. Domains of skills and examples are: 1. Assessment : a. Information gathering; b. History taking; c.  Selection of tests and measures; d. Administration of tests and measures; e. Interpretation and diagnosis;  f. Treatment planning;  g. Report writing;  h. Provision of feedback;  i. Recognition of multicultural issues;  2. Treatment and Interventions : a Identification of intervention targets; b.  Specification of intervention needs; c. Formulation of an intervention plan;  d. Implementation of the plan; e. Monitoring and adjustment to the plan as needed.


Tour of Duty: 8:00 to 4:30p, Monday - Friday, unless other tours are required by management.


Desirable Factors: ABPP in Neuropsychology; APA Approved Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology; Research and specialty clinical experience in traumatic brain injury, experience with differential diagnosis of mild traumatic injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


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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.)


       (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 as a neuropsychology. This would include but is not limited to the following:

1.Foundations for the study of brain-behavior relationships: A. Functional neuroanatomy; B. Neurological and related disorders including their etiology, pathology, course and treatment; C. Non-neurologic conditions affecting CNS functioning; D. Neuroimaging and other neurodiagnostic techniques; E. Neurochemistry of behavior (e.g., psychopharmacology); F. Neuropsychology of behavior;

2. Foundations for the practice of clinical neuropsychology : A. Specialized neuropsychological assessment techniques; B. Specialized neuropsychological intervention techniques; C. Research design and analysis in neuropsychology; D. Professional issues and ethics in neuropsychology; and/or E. Practical implications of neuropsychological conditions; AND

       (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.  The educational setting should also meet the following in internship and/or postdoctoral training: 1. The faculty is comprised of a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and other professional psychologists; 2. Training is provided at a fixed site or on formally affiliated and geographically proximate training sites, with primarily on-site supervision;3. There is access to clinical services and training programs in medical specialties and allied professions; 4. There are interactions with other residents in medical specialties and allied professions, if not other residents in clinical neuropsychology;5. Each resident spends significant percentages of time in clinical service, and clinical research, and educational activities, appropriate to the individual resident's training needs                                                          

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. 


Grade Determination:

(1) GS-11

(a) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.

(b) Assignment. Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

(2) GS-12

(a) Experience. In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

(c) Assignment. At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level. They may be assigned to any program area.

(3) GS-13

(a) 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.

(b) Experience. In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.

2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

3. Knowledge of clinical research literature.

 (d) Assignments. (GS-13)This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational Development.

Staff Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions. They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2006, at


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

*** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

Physical Requirements: For psychologist positions, you must be able to hear (hearing aids are permitted). The work requires some physical exertion though it is primarily sendentary. The work requires some physical exertion such as prolonged periods of sitting, bending, reaching, crouching, stooping, stretching and lifting moderately heavy items.   Environment of Care by following Life Safety Management (fire protection) procedures, reports safety hazards, accidents and injuries, reviews hazardous materials, etc.  Demonstrates infection control practices and knowledge of infection control practices for disease prevention (i.e., hand washing, universal precautions, etc). The work environment involves moderate risks or discomfort that require special safety precautions; e.g., exposure to contagious diseases. Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, gloves or shields.  References: VA Directive and Handbook 5019


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


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


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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


Grade and salary to be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.


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


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: TAG:VacancyID. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date



You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Resume (required).

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations ( (required).

3. Occupational Questionnaire (required).

4. Transcripts from an accredited College or University (required).

5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at

6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required).Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


Janet M. Stephens
Phone: (303)399-8020x5715
Agency Information:
VHA Eastern Colorado HCS Denver
Department of Veterans Affairs
820 Clermont Street
Suite 130
Denver, CO


Once the vacancy announcement closes we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 business days of the closing date on this announcement.  Applicants will be notified by letter of the outcome.

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