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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-552-14-1144650

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$84,147.00 to $109,391.00 / Per Year
Thursday, July 17, 2014 to Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Dayton, OH View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1144650

OUR MISSION: 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.  

The incumbent is a Clinical Psychologist in the Consultation & Liaison Section of Mental Health Service at the Dayton VA Medical Center.  He/She services as Team Member for an inter-professional clinical team (Consultation and Liaison-C&L).  Provides consultation to other disciplines or units including our pain, polytrauma and Primary Care services with regards to assessment and evaluation procedures.  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

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


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Provide screening, assessment, and diagnosis of DSM5 conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, neurocognitive disorders, somatic symptom disorders, substance use disorders, and subclinical syndromes such as dysphoria and adjustment difficulties, with an emphasis on the application of evidence based protocols, standardized interviews and psychological testing as needed.

Screening for cognitive deficits to address specific functional questions including safety and wellbeing in the current hospital and home environment, or determine if referral is needed for neuropsychological or dementia assessment.

Competency assessments when questions arise about a patient’s ability to make medical decisions, perform specific functions, or live independently. Interventions with couples or families, when appropriate, to relieve relationship difficulties, provide support, or promote medical regimen compliance. Behavioral health services to address pain management, disability adjustment, sleep problems, or others

Psychological pre-surgical assessments for organ transplant including kidney, liver, heart, lung and bone marrow, as well as implantable pain devices. Within the scope of privileges granted, provides a full range of patient care therapy interventions, including individual and group therapy, as well as specialized behavior management systems or environmental interventions, and which may include biofeedback when properly credentialed and certified. Within established professional and medical center guidelines, uses new or experimental techniques consistent with accepted clinical trial procedures and ethical principles of care. Presents informed reports or educates multi-disciplinary staff on the use of newly proven or evidence based interventions.

Based on data gathered during assessment, conceptualizes, develops and implements detailed care plans for a full range of psychological services. Incumbent exercises authoritative judgment in the adjustment of care plans; monitors patient’s progress, determines when reassessment is appropriate and adjusts treatment accordingly.

Works as a consultant with mental health or medicine care programs to formulate mental and behavioral health interventions for all veterans across the lifespan. Serves as expert psychological resource for multi-disciplinary staff and consults with medical or mental health staff on a wide range of patient care issues. Provides specific objectives and appropriate responses toward a patient and clarifies environmental factors that would stimulate patient self-reliance, reduce anxiety, or achieve more socially adaptable behavior patterns. Facilitates patient and family education appropriate to the primary care setting and the specific presenting mental or behavioral health issues;

Is involved in the development and on-going improvement of the Psychology Training Programs and actively participates in the Psychology Training Committee meetings. Supervises pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and practicum Psychology trainees, and may participate in the supervision of trainees in other disciplines, including medical and psychiatric residents assigned to the C&L section for rotations.

Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff on issues related to the function of the C&L Team, and may provide in-service and/or invited grand round presentations to the medical center staff in areas directly related to the mission of the C&L Team. Participates in clinical care management functions with members of the C&L Team. Shares responsibility for team-building. Actively works to support program planning, outcome evaluation, and staff development activities. Supports the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements if/when these become required for the clinical performance measures or best practice guidelines, using a data-driven quality assurance process. Monitors and establishes procedures to contribute to the improvement of population outcomes for Medical Center patients. Participates in program-wide outcome evaluation studies.

May serve on Medical Center, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces specifically relating to diagnosis, assessment, and/or treatment issues associated with the C&L Team functions and/or Mental Health Service. Represents Psychology/MHS on decision-making committees at this Medical Center or within VISN10. Actively participates in leadership roles on local, state and/or national professional organizations specific to Psychology, C&L, or MHS. Represents the Medical Center or VISN10 at professional programs and/or events, or on VA or community committees or work groups addressing C&L, MHS, or other areas of psychological practice, including where relevant to addressing issues of culturally competent services. Incumbent may be required to perform compensation and pension exams.


Scheduled Tour: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



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U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.   


      (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


Creditable Experience

      (a)  Current Professional Psychology Practice.  To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice.  Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program.  This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:

      1.  Active professional practice.  Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist.

      2.  A full, current, and unrestricted license.

      (b)  Quality of Experience.  Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed.  Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional psychology experience at the next lower level.

      (c)  Part-time Experience.  Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek.  For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

      (2)  Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships.  Post-doctoral degree fellowships are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice.  Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.


(a)  Experience.  None beyond the basic requirements.

      (b)  Assignment.  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.



      (a)  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:

      (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

      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.

      (c)  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.



      (a)  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.

      (b)  Experience.  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:

      (c)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

      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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 for VA Qualification Standard.

PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.  You can verify your education here:   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.

Physical Requirements: Position require light carrying under 15 pounds, use of fingers, walking and standing 1-2 hours.  Hearing aid permitted.  Environmental factors include outside and inside; working closely with others.


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit



Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:
  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.


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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, August 06, 2014 to receive consideration.

1.  To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2.  Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE:  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options.  The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1144650.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


Pamela Britt
Phone: (937)268-6511x1860
Agency Information:
Department of Veteran Affairs
4100 West Third Street
HRM Service
Dayton, OH


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  

We will also 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 possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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