Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1170823

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.  

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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.


NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
NOTE:  Appointments to any hybrid title 38 occupations identified in 38 U.S.C § 7401(3) or approved for hybrid status by the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration, under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) or 7405, applicants must be referred in accordance with the provisions of 5 CFR 302.304(b)(5). Once all eligible and qualified applicants have been determined, Veterans who are eligible for preference will be given first consideration. These procedures do not apply to internal (e.g. merit promotion) selections.

Duties

This is a part-time Permanent position located in the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center (MEDVAMC), Mental Health Care Line (MHCL), General Mental Health Clinic(GMHC). The Psychologist will will serve as a fully qualified staff psychologist, specializing in clinical health psychology, at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Integrating care for mental and physical health conditions will be the focus of treatment for veterans presenting with co-morbid conditions such as HIV, Hepatitis C, pain, substance use, depression, anxiety, and other mental and physical health conditions.
The Psychologist will apply knowledge of behavioral medicine and psychotherapeutic techniques in the assessment and treatment of patients with the goal of assisting patients to partner with the multidisciplinary team in working to diminish, eliminate, or better cope with chronic medical conditions, as well as stabilization of common psychological conditions.  The Psychologist will use evidenced based psychotherapies, relaxation techniques,  stress management, and/or other discipline appropriate techniques.  The Psychologist may also offer educational services to the family support systems of patients with whom they work in order to facilitate and generalize treatment gains.
In collaboration with other related specialists, the Psychologist will assist with the development and implementation of MEDVAMC integrated care programs and develop; implement programs to measure patient satisfaction; track and trend data related to integrated mental health service delivery and patient outcomes, to include but not limited to the efficacy of prescribed treatment modalities; develop telemental health integrated behavioral health programming for veterans with co-morbid psychiatric diagnoses.
The Psychologist may provide clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training, including trainees seeking licensure in psychology. 
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; May be required to work evenings or weekends.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No