Candidates must meet the qualification requirements identified in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychology Series, GS-180, dated March 17, 2006. BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES: Citizen of the United States. Hold a doctoral degree in Psychology from a college or university approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs [the accredited college or university curriculum in psychology must be approved by the American Psychological Association (APA)], have completed study for such degree in a specialty area of psychology (completion of a full curriculum in clinical or counseling psychology or other specialty area of psychology pertinent to the position being filled, not just incidental courses in these areas as part of a program of study in a specialty area unrelated to the position for which being considered. The specialty area of the degree must be the same as that in which the applicant is to be employed), and an internship which are satisfactory to the Secretary (acceptable internships consist of an organized training program, in contrast to supervised experience or on-the-job training, designed to provide the intern with a planned, programmed sequence of training experiences with the primary purpose to assure breadth and quality of training; such internships may be gained in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) training programs which meet APA internship requirements or in other health service settings whose internships are accredited by the APA. Internships normally consist of 1 year of training under a licensed psychologist in an organization with sufficient staff and varied programs to provide the required breadth and quality of training), and be licensed or certified as a psychologist in a State, except that the Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure or certification for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years on the condition that such a psychologist provide patient care only under the direct supervision of a psychologist who is licensed or certified.
Note: Regular supervision and oversight is required for a psychologist assuming this position at the GS-11 level. At the GS-12 level, involved supervision and oversight is still required, but at a less frequent and thorough level. The GS-13 level psychologist exercises independent judgment in the practice and provision of psychological services, with full clinical privileges, and requires minimal supervision and oversight.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-11: None beyond the basic requirements.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-12: Applicants must meet all of the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Applicants must demonstrate the following characteristics: 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.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-13: Applicants must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, applicants must have at least one year additional experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Applicants must also demonstrate the following characteristics: 1) Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and neuropsychological assessment 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.
Please Note: The successful candidate grade and salary will be determined by a Professional Standards Board based on education and experience.
TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ORDER FOR QUALIFICATIONS TO BE DETERMINED. INDIVIDUALS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE.
All qualifications and specialized requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Individuals selected for the position of Psychologist are subject to completion of the credentialing and privileging process at the MEDVAMC.
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. 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. ***
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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. 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.