a. Citizenship: U.S citizen
2. Education: 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. Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training programs that has been accredited by APA.
3. 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.
4. Physical Standards: A pre-employment physical examination is required for selected candidate.
5. English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402 (d) and 7407 (d).
In addition to the Basic Requirement the following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates. To be creditable, the experience must be post doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills and abilities and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice.
GS-12: 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
2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.
3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
Assignment: At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists
practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need
for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level.
They may be assigned to any program area.
GS-13: In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs in accordance with VA handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G18:
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, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
4. Knowledge of clinical research literature.
5. Ability to incorporate new clinical populations.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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.