The Psychology Technician position is located In the VISN 17 Center of Excellence (CoE). CoE originated in 2006 when Congress Instructed the Department of Veterans Affairs to designate the Waco campus of the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System as a CoE on mental health of returning war veterans and their families. The CoE is one of 14 national academic clinical research centers across the United States under the direction of the Office of Mental Health at VACO.Learn more about this agency
The CTVHCS is recruiting for a highly qualified Psychology Technician for the Center of Excellence located in Waco, Texas.
Major Duties as Assigned, but not limited to: The CoE is responsible for leading clinical research and education efforts on post-deployment adjustment Including biological, psychological and social adjustment and rehabilitation. Core staff are funded through the congressional mandate to Office of Mental Health. Core staff also have grant funding from several federal agencies to develop and test state-of-the-art procedures for assessment, treatment, education and research on returning war veterans and their families. The CoE supports and houses an Assessment Core, a NeuroImaging and Genetics Core with a dedicated mobile 3T magnet, a Treatment Development and Treatment Outcome Core, an Education and Dissemination Core, and a Data Management and Analysis Core. The Psychology Technician will report to the Core Leaders. The Psychology Technician is likely to work under two or all CoE Cores.
Primary purpose of the Position is: to 1) receive training in clinical interviewers; 2) assist with recruitment and retention goals and; 3) assist with data entry.
Psychology Technician, GS-05: Receives training to conduct clinical interviews with research participants in accordance with instructions provided in the instrument's training manual. Gathers and records information from research participants via a variety of standardized clinical Interviews. Observes and notes any participant behavior which may be significant or may possibly confound the results of the study. Familiarity with clinical diagnostic instruments such as the Semi-Structured Clinical Instrument for the DSM or the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale is necessary.
Assists with recruitment and retention goals as required by the funded and IRB approved protocol(s) that the Incumbent is working on. This includes maintaining a weekly tracking spreadsheet of all initial human subject screens, enrollment into the study and progress through the study sessions as outlined in each protocol.
Assists with data entry Enter and maintain research data on various spreadsheets. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Psychology Technician, GS-06: Incumbent independently develops an approach to the assignment and takes responsibility for timely and accurate completion of assignments. Supervisor assigns priorities and objectives, providing guidance as needed. Work is monitored periodically and reviewed for technical adequacy and consistency with objectives. The extent of guidance and review gradually decreases and assignments become increasingly general, coinciding with the increasing responsibility of the position.
Psychology Technician, GS-07: Gathering research information through Clinical Interviews and research instruments and trains personnel gathering research information are properly trained and certified on the use of specific clinical diagnostic interviews and instruments in accordance with instructions provided in the instrument's training manual.
Gathers and records information from research participants via a variety of standardized clinical Interviews. Exercise independent judgement to identify behavior in participant interviews, identified through observation or review of notes, which may be significant or may possibly confound the results of the study. Trains and instructs other Psychology Technicians on well accepted and commonly accepted practices and Interview techniques which ensure standardization of participant treatment and control undue Influence of extraneous variables.
Ensuring adherence to the protocol(s); Ensuring regulatory compliance; Ensure recruitment and retention goals are met; Oversight of data collection and data entry; Performs other related duties as assigned.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Psychology Technician/PD674-7688-TA, PD674-7683-TA, and PD674-7619-TA
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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