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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist (Primary Care-Mental Health Integration, Pain Emphasis)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  SH-14-138-KMS-1041738-MHC

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
Monday, February 03, 2014 to Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Albuquerque, NM View Map
United States Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1041738

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?

Failing to submit any documentation that is required and listed under the “Required Documents” tab may result in loss of consideration.

Selectee salary and grade will be determined by a Professional Standards Board (PSB).  The PSB is a peer review process.  The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.


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.


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


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Behavioral Health Care Line is seeking a Clinical Psychologist for their Primary Care – Mental Health Integration Program(PCMHI).   The PCMHI program is well-established at the New Mexico VAMC and provides co-located behavioral health consultation, assessment, and intervention in collaboration with Primary Care Providers.

The incumbent for this position should have a background in health psychology, behavioral medicine, and/or integrated care, as well as a strong foundation in behavioral pain management.  The incumbent for this position must be able to provide a full range of psychodiagnostic assessments, including selection of appropriate assessment instruments and methods with a special emphasis on psychological disorders related to medical conditions, particularly chronic pain.  Provision of evidence-based psychotherapies such as Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the purpose of enhancing health behavior change and treatment of psychological problems related to medical conditions, particularly chronic pain, is also a requirement of this position.

The incumbent must also consult with Primary Care and Pain Specialty Care staff on a wide variety of patient care issues, including chronic pain and associated biopsychosocial factors.  Provision of didactics and clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training, including interns and resident trainees seeking license in psychology and medicine is expected..  

This psychologist would also have an opportunity for a faculty appointment at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and would have the opportunity to participate in education and research activities.  Appointment and rank would be determined based on qualifications. 

Position Description Title/PD#:   Psychologist (Primary Care - Mental Health Integration)
Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Physical Demands:  
Refer to VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
Fair Labor Standards Act:   Exempt

Bargaining Unit Status Code:   8888

Background Information:   NACI

This is not a Supervisory Position



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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.) 

b.  Education

(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. 


(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. 

(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 DETERMINATIONS:

GRADE:   To be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) commensurate with experience and education.
GS-11: 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.

GS-12: Specialized 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:
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.

GS-13 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, and 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. An example of 1 year of experience at the GS-12 level would be working as an unlicensed staff psychologist practicing under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level and may be assigned to any program area.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
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.

SALARY:  Salary will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) and is based on experience and education.


Veterans' Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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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 .


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. 


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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: 1041738.  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 Tuesday, February 18, 2014.


 The following documents are required :

1.     Resume (It is strongly recommended to build your résumé in USA Staffing. If you choose not to, your résumé must, at a minimum, include the following: full name, date of birth, full social security number.   For each previous place of employment; name, address AND dates of employment in mm/yyyy – mm/yyyy format, GS-level (or equivalent if not federal employment).

2.     Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306) (REQUIRED) 

(Available at:

3.     Responses to the questionnaire. (REQUIRED)

4.     Application (VA Form 10-2850(c) (REQUIRED)

Available at:

5.     Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please refer to this checklist).

6.     Veterans' Preference documentation (DD Form 214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VBA Letter, as appropriate). (Available at:

7.     If you are a current or former government employment you must submit a copy of your most recent SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action)(Blocks #24 and 34 will be reviewed to determine eligibility). (REQUIRED – if applicable).

8.     Unofficial college transcripts if substituting college education for the experience requirement (An official college transcript will be required before being hired.) (REQUIRED – if applicable).


Kathleen M. Sanchez
Phone: (505)256-2760
Agency Information:
VHA New Mexico HCS Albuquerque
DVA New Mexico VA Health Care System
HR Management Service 05
1501 San Pedro Dr SE
Albuquerque, NM


If you wish to know the status of your application at any time in the process, refer to the automated status updates available with the Application Manager of your account.


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualification will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.   If qualified, we will review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire.   If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.   Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and a possible interview.   You will be notified when your rating is determined.


IF YOU FAIL to provide the documentation that is identified in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS portion of this announcement you will not be considered and receive an electronic notification of either "IDMA" or "IFM".

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