Job Overview

Summary

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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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.


Duties

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.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No