Psychologist

Expiring today

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Wallops Island, Virginia
Posted
Jan 24, 2023
Closes
Jan 28, 2023
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized to highly qualified individuals.

This Psychologist (Neuropsychologist) position is located in the Mental Health Service Line at the Tomah VA Medical Center. The incumbent carries out the full range of neuropsychological evaluation, assessment, and diagnostic services using accepted procedures and test instruments. The incumbent provides consultative opinion and advice to other health professionals on the unique needs of patients with neurocognitive disorders. They may also provide neurocognitive rehabilitation services (e.g., individual, group, family, and community outreach).

Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological assessments, and treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities and adjunctive interventions. In addition to clinical neuropsychological assessment services, individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions may also be provided. The incumbent provides neuropsychological assessment, consultation, and intervention services for Veterans referred from across the station for differential diagnosis and treatment planning related to traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, various dementias, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, toxic metabolic encephalopathies, and various medical and/or psychiatric comorbidities.

The Psychologist (Neuropsychologist) at the full performance level of the GS-13. Duties include:

-Provides specialized neuropsychological services at all levels of complexity for patients. Provides comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to Veterans with a variety of psychiatric, medical, and neurodegenerative, and cognitive disorders and conditions, in accord with MHSL and neuropsychology protocols and guidelines.

-Carries out the full range of neuropsychological evaluation, assessment, and diagnosis for outpatient and inpatient populations, using accepted procedures and test instruments, to include comprehensive assessment of memory, attention, language, and executive, visual spatial, intellectual, psychoeducational, motor, and psychological functioning.

-Provides timely feedback regarding assessment results to patients, families, and care providers and consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues to include patient's decision-making capacity regarding health care, and the unique needs of patients with neurocognitive disorders.

-May provide neurocognitive rehabilitation services in both outpatient and inpatient settings, to include individual, group, family and community outreach and may provide assessment and treatment in-part utilizing telemental health.

-Perform assessments when there are questions about a Veteran's ability to make medical decisions, perform specific functions, or live independently.

-Provide services to the families of Veterans when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the Veteran and will allow better care for the Veteran or will allow the family to sustain the Veteran in the home environment.

Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Telework: Not applicable, this is a remote position.
Virtual: This is a virtual/remote position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified individuals.
EDRP Authorized: Contact Eva.Gennara@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • All 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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


Qualifications

Basic Requirements: The following are the basic requirements and qualifications for appointment as a Psychologist in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

English Language Proficiency Requirement - Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English.

Education Requirement - You must have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR, have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully completed a respecialization program meeting both of the following conditions: a) the respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b) the specialty in which you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are am applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.

Internship Requirement - You must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed; OR, 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 Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern; OR, VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement; OR, Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification). NOTE: Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this internship requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program.

Licensure - Candidates must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Exception: Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (c)(2)(B) for a period not to exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.

Grade Determination: In addition to the basic requirements as stated above, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade level of the candidate.

GS-11 Grade Level (Entry Level)- Experience, Education, Licensure: None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-12 Grade Level (Developmental Level)- Experience, Education, Licensure: At least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11 grade level. In addition to the education above the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

1. Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
2. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies.
3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
4. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties).
5. Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and research execution within the context of an established research team, including research participant relations, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance, and collaboration.

GS-13 Grade Level (Full Performance Level)- Experience, Education, Licensure: At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments 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

*Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services.

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.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .