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Job Title:  Psychologist (GMHC)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  JP-14-KHe-1170823

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$93,174.00 to $121,126.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 to Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Part Time 20 hours - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Houston, TX View Map
United States Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation


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

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.


  • 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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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.


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BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA 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. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
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. AND Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
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.
English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

Grade Determinations: GS-13
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. Two years of post-doctorate experience as a professional psychologist. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
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: 38 U.S.C. §§ 7402, 7403

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. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.



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 Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments.


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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.    VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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 Friday, August 01, 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):
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations)

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.

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

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 1170823.

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.


Human Resources
Phone: (713)794-7458
Agency Information:
Mental Health Care Line
2002 Holcombe
Houston, TX


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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