BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA Clinical Psychologist are prescribed by: Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. 7402. To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States
Education: (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.
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. Exception: The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed. Non-licensed psychologist who otherwise meet the eligibility requirement may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a)(1)(D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.
Loss of Credential: An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.
English language proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Physical standards: - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment is required.
Grade determination :
GS-11: no experience is needed beyond the basic requirements listed above.
GS-12: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to GS-11. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologist may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensure;
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 a GS-12 grade level. Individuals assigned as a GS-13 psychologist must hold a full, current, and unrestricted licensure 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.
In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
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.
4.Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.
5.Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability.
References:VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, dated March 17, 2006.
Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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 include the following abilities: Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over, light carrying under 15 pound, walking for four (4) hours, standing for four (4) hours.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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 for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.