Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1172705

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

This position is open until filled.  Applications will be forwarded to the selecting official every two weeks until filled.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) MAY be authorized.


A Staff Psychologists may be 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 activities.

The staff psychologist holds a state license to practice psychology and has at least two years postdoctoral work experience as a psychologist in the VHA or a comparable professional setting.  The psychologist applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting.  S/he has advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines.  The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff.

The incumbent will be assigned to Mental Health Service at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV and located at the Petersburg, WV Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).  The incumbent will be assigned to the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) program.  In this environment, the incumbent will be a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team with responsibility for assessment, therapeutic intervention, case management training, education and administration of a primarily geriatric patient population.  The incumbent must be willing to travel throughout the catchment area to provide patient care and can expect to be away from the Petersburg, WV CBOC in excess of 50% of the duty day.  However, the incumbent may be assigned additional responsibilities in other locations as directed by the Psychology Executive. 

The position requires knowledge of psychological tests, interview strategies, behavioral observation, and other assessment tools as appropriate to derive sound assessment and case conceptualization as well as diagnostic impressions. Use of motivational interviewing is encouraged.

Assessment outcomes feed the treatment planning process which follows a recovery model orientation.  Interventions include both individual and group therapy with incorporation of evidenced-based practices.

Although the incumbent may oversee other professionals in a consulting capacity, he or she functions primarily as a member of the treatment team which collectively contribute to the therapeutic gains of the patient. The incumbent is expected to promotes a psychotherapeutic atmosphere among the professional staff.

Work Schedule: M-F 8am-4:30pm but may be modified for patient care needs.  Extensive travel will be required.
Recruitment incentives are NOT authorized.

Travel Required

  • 50% or Greater
  • The incumbent must be willing to travel throughout the catchment area to provide patient care and can expect to be away from the Petersburg, WV Community Based Outpatient Clinic in excess of 50% of the duty day.

Relocation Authorized

  • No