Staff Psychologist - Newark CBOC
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: June 6, 2021
Recruitment/Relocation incentives are authorized for the
The psychologist will be part of a Behavioral Health Integrated
Program team (BHIP) providing outpatient psychological assessment
and evidence based psychotherapy to Veterans presenting with a
broad spectrum of diagnoses, including depressive disorders,
anxiety and personality disorders. In addition the incumbent will
work with others to provide expert consultation on cognitive,
emotional and behavioral factors impacting care.
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Major duties and responsibilities include:
- Ability to diagnose mental health disorders by conducting
psychological assessments to include clinical interviewing,
objective and projective testing.
- Ability to treat mental health disorders through a variety of
evidence-based psychotherapies to include modalities of group and
- Performs evaluations for Veterans seeking services for mood and
- Ability to treat mental health disorders through evidence-
based psychotherapies to include group and individual psychotherapy
modalities. Veterans will present for treatment with a variety of
mood, anxiety, and SMI disorders; many with personality disorders
- Demonstrates competency in a least one evidence- based
psychotherapy such as Cognitive Processing Therapy or Prolonged
Exposure for treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder;
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or
Interpersonal Therapy for the treatment of mood and anxiety
- Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient
- May be involved in program evaluation and/or research
- May be involved in the training of psychology practicum and/or
interns, and other staff as requested.
- May be involved in supervising non-licensed psychology staff
for licensing purposes.
- May hold faculty appointment at an affiliated university.
- May provide training opportunities to various disciplines (PA
students, Psychiatry Residents, Family Practice Residents, Nursing
- May be asked to participate in the Psychology Training Program
and Training Committee.
- May serve as a consultant to other medical center staff and
trainees and assist in their formulation of the psychological
characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding
their patients (mostly in Mental Health).
- Assists in establishing program monitors and outcome
measurements within programs assigned using a data-driven quality
- Timely complete all clinical charting and documentation
required by the ACC, as appropriate.
- If applicable, plans and oversees the completion of personal
research programs, designed to provide information regarding
program planning and relevant treatment approaches.
- Presents outcome data and research results at VA and regional
or national scientific or professional meetings.
Other Significant Responsibilities
- Will attend weekly MH & BSS meetings and other treatment team
meetings as assigned up to 5% of time.
- May serve on ACC or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA
committees or task forces.
- May represent psychology on decision-making committees at the
Medical Center or Healthcare System.
- Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
- Education Debt Reduction Program - This position is eligible
for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan
payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual
eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit
your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval,
award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five
years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services
program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Applicants tentatively selected are subject to urinalysis to
screen for illegal drug use prior and will not be appointed if a
verified positive drug test result is received. Applicants who
refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements
- United States Citizenship - Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- 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
- 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.
- Experience: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as
stated above, you must have the following:
- GS-11 Level: no additional experience beyond the basic
- GS-12 Level: at least 1 full year of experience as a
professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 level, and are
able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and
- Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional
psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of
- Ability to design and implement effective treatment
- Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
- Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and
implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with
specified research job duties).
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
- GS-13 Level: at least 2 addition years of experience, with at
least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level, as a professional
psychologist that was obtained through employment as a psychologist
or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology
training program that demonstrates 1) active professional practice
that was paid/non-paid employment and/or 2) a full, current and
unrestricted license. To be creditable, the experience must have
required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other
characteristics associated with current psychology practice:
- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological
treatments to a full range of patient populations.
- Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in
areas related to professional psychology and behavioral
Knowledge of clinical research literature.
- Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree
experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the
- Experience in providing evidence-based individual and group
psychotherapy to Veterans.
- Experience in time limited evidence based psychotherapy such
as, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance
and Commitment Therapy, Exposure based treatments, and DBT.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part
II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be
found in the local Human Resources Office.
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.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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.
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