·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 for which
the applicant is to be employed. Transcripts MUST be submitted with
of degree(s) must be stated on transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts(s) are
acceptable AND applicant
must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training
program that has been accredited by APA.
GS-12 - In
process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level; GS-13 -
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. A COPY of LICENSURE MUST be
submitted with application.
Preferred Experience: Experience
as a psychologist in a clinical psychosocial and case management services in a
residential rehabilitation setting.
GS-11 Experience: None beyond the basic requirements.
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.
GS-12 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 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):
1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced
professional psychological theories and techniques to dually diagnosed veterans
with addiction and other mental health problems, including PTSD, mood
disorders, personality disorders, etc.
2. Ability to provide administrative and
clinical oversight to a multidisciplinary team of licensed and unlicensed
providers in a residential rehabilitation setting.
3. Knowledge of clinical research literature,
especially as it relates to addiction and residential rehabilitation treatment
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 Licensure and Experience:
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.
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
Knowledge of, and ability to deliver,
and ability to train others in the delivery of, evidence based treatments for
Assignments: This is the full performance level for staff psychologists.
At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice
independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers
and supervisors as appropriate. They are assigned to any VHA program and
setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health,
neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA
National Center for Organizational Development. Staff Psychologists 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. Among the modalities provided
are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such
as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions. They
consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.
Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.
WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005/15,
Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION
STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006.