Job Overview

Summary

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.

A RECRUITMENT / RELOCATION INCENTIVE IS AUTHORIZED FOR THIS POSITION AND MAY BE OFFERED TO A HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE.  

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.

Duties

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.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

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