Job Overview


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.


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

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No