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This is an open continuous announcement meant to fill staff psychologist vacancies within VA Puget Sound Health Care System.
The announcement will remain open until all vacancies are filled.
Apply early for first consideration.
Please include cover letter with area of interest.
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education:(1) 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 (Geropsychology, Behavioral Medicine, and/or Primary Care Psychology.
AND (2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
Exception (1) 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 Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.
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.
Exception:The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed.
Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D).
Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.
This may result in termination of employment.
Preferred Experience: Have successfully completed a postdoctoral clinical psychology position in Geropsychology, Behavioral Medicine, or Primary Care or have comparable experiences.
Grade Determinations: GS-11: Experience.
None beyond the basic requirements.
In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.
Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level.
If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities): 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.
3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
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.
In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.
In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs (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: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, VA Qualification Standard for Psychologist, GS-180.
This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is 13.
The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 13.
United States Citizens