Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1042985 (Include # on all documents)

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?


Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve.  You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .    

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.


 WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday Day Shift

VA Palo Alto Health Care system (VAPAHCS) is a large and complex VA health care system that provides veteran health care throughout a geographically large catchments area and is a major tertiary referral center with three hospital based division. This position posted is located in Modesto, California, serving on the Primary Care - Mental Health Integration Team. The incumbent will be co-located within the primary care clinic(s) and integrated within the primary care teams. S/he will be responsible for providing brief assessment for general mental health conditions such as substance misuse, depression, anxiety, cognitive limitations and reintegration stress.  S/he will also provide care-management (i.e. medication monitoring), brief therapy, crisis intervention and problem-oriented interventions using evidence-based interventions such as motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy.  Services are provided individually, by group and through telehealth.  S/he may also assist medical staff with psychoeducational and behavioral interventions targeted at health psychology focused issues such as pain management, insomnia, treatment adherence issues and other medical conditions.  S/he will be knowledgeable about the variety of mental health service options available through the medical center and local community and will facilitate veterans obtaining access to these as needed. The incumbent will provide clinical oversight for unlicensed psychology technicians working on the Primary Care-Mental Health Team.  This position is part of the facility-wide Primary Care – Mental Health Integration Program and  the incumbent will help in providing clinical cross-coverage for the team members at other sites as needed.  Staff Psychologists maybe involved in the training of psychology practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows and trainees in other disciplines such as medicine, nursing, social work, rehabilitation and others. They may also be involved in programmatic quality improvement activities and in providing services that facilitate the operation of the health care system such as Employee Assistance Counseling, VA Police Psychological evaluations, and forensic evaluations. Staff Psychologists may also be called upon to assist with a variety of administrative functions for Psychology Service and for the Health Care System.

    Travel Required

    • Not Required

    Relocation Authorized

    • No